Will Chris Davis Get a Chance to Deliver?
Chris Davis leads the majors with 15 RBI this spring. He’s hitting .409 with an OPS of 1.247. Davis has seven doubles and four home runs in 44 at bats. He destroyed Triple-A pitching last year hitting .327 with 14 HR and 80 RBI in 398 at bats. He tore up Triple-A pitching in 2009, also hitting .327 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 165 at bats. His problem, though, is hitting at the Major League level.
After an impressive debut in 2008 that saw Davis hit .285 with 17 HRs and 55 RBI in 80 games, he was on the fast track to stardom. He kept his power stroke in 2009, hitting 21 HRs in 391 at bats, but managed to hit .238. Last year was even worse for Davis. He hit .192 in 120 at bats, with just one home run. The additions of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli along with the presence of Mitch Moreland make it unlikely that Davis makes the club.
The Rangers could choose to move Davis, like they did with Justin Smoak last year. Considering how he raked in Triple-A and the bat he’s swinging this spring, his value may not be greater. Time will tell if Davis gets a chance to deliver. If he gets dealt or is called up, just keep an open mind with him. He was a big time prospect before and he’s just 25. Perhaps he just needs one more chance to deliver.