Fantasy Baseball Preview: Which Chris Davis is For Real?

Feb 25, 2010

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Chris Davis is a player that everybody clamored for last year. Why wouldn’t you? He hit .285 with 51 runs, 17 HRs, and 55 RBIs in 80 games as a rookie in 2008.

Then came a disastrous 2009 season. He let down fantasy owners hitting .238 with 48 runs, 21 HRs, and 59 RBIs. It was so bad that he was sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He didn’t let the demotion get to him though hitting .327 with 6 HRs, and 30 RBIs in 44 games. He then salvaged the season upon returning to the Rangers hitting .308 with 17 runs, 6 HRs, and 26 RBIs in his last 36 games.

Unfortunately his power took a slight hit as he rebounded. After averaging a HR every 17.4 ABs as a rookie, and every 17.2 in the first half of 2009 despite hitting .202. That number rose to 22.2 in the last 36 games, but worth the trade-off considering he got things back in order.

Where he was overvalued last year, he’s undervalued this year. He’s a great choice for a backup 1B or to fill your CI slot.

Prediction:  .270, 80 runs, 27 HRs, 85 RBIs

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves:  Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies:  Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers:  Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins:  Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros:  Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals:  Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers:  James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers:  Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins:  Joe Nathan
New York Mets:  Jason Bay
New York Yankees:  Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s:  Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies:  Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates:  Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres:  Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants:  Barry Zito
Seattle Mariners:  Franklin Gutierrez
St. Louis Cardinals:  Colby Rasmus
Tampa Bay Rays:  David Price

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