Astros call up slugging third base prospect J.D. Davis

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 05: J.D. Davis /

Astros make a surprise move by calling up J.D. Davis

After the 16-7 win last night, Robert Murray sent a shocking tweet out. According to his source, the Astros were calling up J.D. Davis. This came as quite a shock with A.J. Reed recently being called up. Reed struggles in his brief stint with the Astros, going hitless in six at-bats.

The Astros are not giving up on Reed. They just wanted some more right-handed pop in the lineup with Evan Gattis possibly having a concussion. As someone who followed Davis for the past few years, it’s good to see him called up. He spent 1.5 years in Double-A, so he only needed a cup of tea in Triple-A to be ready.

The future is now.

Davis was not on the 40-man roster, but there was an opening after Teoscar Hernandez was traded. Despite the offensive barrage last night, the offense has struggled in August. The Astros felt like the time was now to see what Davis can do.

In 16 games with the Fresno Grizzlies, Davis was batting .295 with five homers and 18 RBI. Between Double-A and Triple-A, Davis is batting around .280 with 26 homers with 78 RBI. Davis is no longer a Lancaster one-hit wonder.

According to MLB Pipeline, Davis is the 14th top Astros prospect. Reed was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft, followed by Davis in the third round. While Reed beat Davis, he has yet to stick in the big leagues. Now Davis will get his chance to shine.

Centeno set to join team as well.

While it has not been officially announced, Juan Centeno and Davis are probably traveling together to Houston. Should Gattis need to go on the 7-day concussion DL, Centeno should get called up.

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The Astros get their 70th win on the season despite the injuries. Their depth is being challenged right now, but they have the answer in the minor leagues. Let’s see what Davis can do. While he is here, I would expect him to start.

***Stats from Baseball-Reference***