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School: Oregon State; Class: Junior
Position: RF; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 215 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: With the better part of the collegiate season over, Davis has, to this point, failed to parlay an incredible sophomore campaign – .335/.379/.502 – and an equally solid showing in the Cape – .317/.388/.567 – into anything tangible in 2014. Through his first 188 plate appearances with the Beavers this season, the right fielder/reliever has hit a respectable – not great – .287/.351/.433 with 12 doubles, four homeruns and a pair of stolen bases.
On the hill, he’s made a pair of starts, throwing 6.1 innings with five strikeouts and seven walks.
Projection: One of the rare players to spend multiple seasons in the Cape – he spent the 2012 year with the Brewster Whitecaps and last summer with the Falmouth Commodores – Davis has been one of the more disappointing players in 2014, thanks in large part due to a power shortage.
As a hitter his ceiling resides somewhere near league average player and fourth outfielderdom – below-average patience at the plate, decent contact skills, solid pop. Davis could, however, be one of these late bloomers in the mold of Garrett Jones, Brandon Moss, etc… Patience is going to be needed in his development.
He could be a bit of a wild card on the bump though. Davis has totaled just 17 career innings with Oregon – 15 strikeouts and 17 walks – and another 19.1 in the Cape the last two years – 20 strikeouts and 18 walks – but there’s some intriguing upside, though probably about the same as he has in the batter’s box. Maybe a potential lively armed reliever.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player (outfielder); 0.5- to 1.0-player (reliever)
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate (outfielder); Low (reliever)
Draft Projection: Second/Third Round