VIDEO: Orioles' Chris Davis discusses his career path
Orioles slugger Chris Davis looked like a failed prospect just two years ago. He discussed his struggles and breakout year with MLB Network.
Chris Davis of the Orioles leads the big leagues with 26 home runs, five more than anyone else, but it wasn't too long ago that he looked like a failed prospect. When the Rangers traded him to Baltimore at the 2011 trade deadline, he was a .248/.300/.455 (94 OPS+) hitter in 266 games. In 242 games since the trade, he has hit .290/.350/.551 (142 OPS+).
Davis recently spoke to MLB Network about his career, including the times that he wanted to quit and why he feels he has been able to figure things out with the Orioles. He said coming to the ballpark does "not feel like a chore" anymore. Here's the video:
The 27-year-old first baseman is hitting .337/.413/.720 (202 OPS+). In addition to leading the majors in homers, he also leads in slugging percentage, total bases, OPS and OPS+. He ranks second to Miguel Cabrera with 4.2 WAR.