MLB Players for 2014 Chris Davis
Davis used to be a giant of a man who had little hope of making contact against anything off-speed. He’s improved by leaps and bounds against the slow stuff in 2013, most notably against changeups. He still strikes out more than your average hitter, but Davis is drawing more walks and is hitting enough line drives in 2013 to maintain a high BABIP. That’s the recipe for a .300 hitter with a high OBP.
Davis’ power was the one thing that has never been in question. He’s as strong as a bull, and he makes that abundantly clear every time he swings his bat. He might have the most effortless swing in the majors, and the bad news for pitchers is that it’s geared to hit the ball in the air. Davis does that very well, and his raw strength does the rest.
Stealing bases are not Davis’ thing, so this score might have raised your eyebrows when you first saw it. But for a guy who’s not the fastest player the position has to offer, Davis is a surprisingly productive baserunner. He can and does go first to third on singles, first to home on doubles and whatever else the baserunning gods desire. And you’d be surprised how often he does so.
Davis has the offensive side of the game covered like a blanket, but defense is one area where he’s still human. His hands are fine, but he’s not one to go sprawling all over the place making Mark Teixeira-esque plays around the bag. He has neither the first-step quickness nor the athleticism to do so, making him about an average defender at first.
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