J.D. Davis is your prototypical powerful corner infielder. Drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of CSU Fullerton, Davis has shown that he has middle-of-the-order power potential in both Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi.
In his first two full seasons in the Astros organization, Davis has hit 49 home runs, driving in 182 RBIs. Hitting .282 in his minor-league career, he also possesses gap power specializing in extra-base hits. With his lack of speed, it usually shows up on the stat sheet as doubles, recording 62 in his first two full seasons.
With Corpus Christi currently two games under .500, Davis has been a key component in the Hooks’ offensive success. He is hitting .289 with a .873 OPS, leading the team with nine home runs and third on the team with 18 RBIs.
A deeper look.
Davis is not perfect at the plate, striking out over 140 times in his first two seasons, but the power numbers he has put up should at least bring him to the Triple-A level. That’s the thing. The Astros organization seems to have a logjam at third base. With Alex Bregman securing the starting job at the major league level for what Astros fans hope to be the long term, Davis has to battle with left-handed hitting third baseman Colin Moran for the Triple-A starting job. With a .267 batting average and .857 OPS, it does not seem like Moran will be losing that job anytime soon.
As a 6’3”, 225-pound third baseman, it seems like Davis has the size to move across the diamond. However, it does seem like Davis has the offensive potential to be a game-changer not only in Triple-A but also at the major league level.