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Spring Training Review of Blake Davis

Posted on: March 11, 2008 10:58 am
 

Introducing my choice for starting shortstop for the 2008 Orioles: Blake Davis

He was a 2006 draft pick out of Cal State Fullerton.  At the time he was drafted, scouts considered him a plus defender with a good glove and arm.  He was projected to be a super ultility infielder, due to his athletism.  He was a poor mans Khali Greene.  Scouts thought that he could hit for average, but due to his size that was about it from the offensive standpoint.

He was a fourth round pick by the Orioles and shipped off to Delmarva shorebirds.  He was sporadic at the plate, but showed the ability to move up the ranks soley on defense alone.  Last season, he was moved up to high A Frederick.  He was on a tear with almost .300 average and 20% of his hits were doubles.  This leads me to believe that he could end up a 10 to 15 homerun guy once he fully gets a graps on pitch recognition.  He has wheels and could be a 15-20 SB total as well.

I have read over him this spring and there has not been much about him at all.  He is stuck behind Brandon Fayhe and Luis Hernandez (can not see why after his performance yesterday).  He is hitting in spring training and his glove and range is the best out of the trio.  He has added some bulk and looks to be in the 175-180 range, a far site better than the frail frame of 165.  After watching him up close, he will not make the 25 man roster, but I think he will go to AA Bowie.  He is not on the 40 man roster, so it is wishful thinking that he ends up in Baltimore in April.  Hey, if Bynum is done for the season and Luis chokes himself out of the lineup by the end of April, he could be an early season call-up.  He has the glove, has the average, still lacks pop.  I think MacPhail is going to bring him along slowly, even if he might be the best option at short.  I think I can see why Miguel Tejada was shipped out.  Between him and Tyler Henson, a more athletic option at shortstop is on the horizon.

Category: MLB
Tags: Orioles
 
Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2008 6:57 pm
 

Spring Training Review of Blake Davis

I am in love with this kids game. He should definitley beat Luis out. In no way Hernandez should be the starter, I mean he only player when Tejada was out last year. I think Davis will get the nod.


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