Khris Davis lived up to his power-first reputation, finishing tied for third in the league in home runs last year. He ranked second with a 26.6 percent HR/FB rate, smacking 19 of his big flies at home in what is perennially a pitchers' park. Lesson: Don't doubt his power. But what about everything else? For starters, he hasn't topped a .247 batting average in the past three years. Though he hits the ball hard, the fact that not many of his connections turn into groundballs or line drives does little to help. He also performs below average in just about every contact and plate discipline metric -- he had the highest swinging-strike rate in the majors (16.6 percent), which leaves his average and OBP up to luck. At least he'll continue hitting in the middle of the order to bolster his RBI chances. Fantasy owners will have a tough time finding better one- or two-category players, but Davis' limitations are very apparent and 2016 may have been his ceiling.
Davis has a minor quad issue that will keep him out until Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manager Bob Melvin said the issue kept Davis out Thursday and will keep him out Friday and Saturday as well. Melvin didn't seem too worried, and the fact he called it a 'minor issue' is reassuring, so consider him day-to-day until the A's note otherwise.
Davis went 2-for-4 with a run in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League win over the White Sox. The slugging outfielder got his spring average up to a modest .250 with the production, but he's yet to hit a home run after blasting a career-high 42 round-trippers in 2016. Davis does have four doubles and has struck out 10 times in 36 at-bats. Despite the rather pedestrian spring, he carries tremendous power upside heading into the regular season and has hit no fewer than 22 homers in any of the three major league campaigns in which he's played at least 121 games.
Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will not play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Davis also stated that he has felt "over-extended" recently and will forego the WBC in order to remain at Athletics' camp and go through the standard spring training regimen. He's coming off of a 42 home run campaign and is an attractive fantasy option entering the 2017 season.
Davis is leaning toward not playing in the World Baseball Classic, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Davis, who is on Team Mexico's roster for the WBC, is expected to address his status for the tournament Sunday. According to sources, he wants to focus on preparing for the regular season.
Davis will play for Team Mexico at the WBC, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Davis, whose mother is from Mexico, will thus be part of a roster whose other notable MLB names include the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada and Roberto Osuna, the Mariners' Yovani Gallardo and Dodger hurlers Sergio Romo and Julio Urias. The slugging outfielder is coming off a 2016 campaign during which he blasted a career-high 42 homers and drove in 102 runs, numbers that helped him prevail in his recent arbitration case and secured him a $5 million salary for the coming season.