DJ Davis has game-changing speed.
Two of the biggest needs that the Braves have are high-upside position players and speed. Mississippi prep outfielder D.J. Davis would be able to help fill both of those needs with just one draft pick.
Davis is a speedster with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale, and is considered to be the fastest player in the draft by many. Just one look around baseball will show you what that speed can do, as Mike Trout has been a big story this year and Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has been causing havoc on the bases in the minor leagues.
Davis is more than just speed, though. Davis a player that appears to have a solid bat with the potential for potentially average power down the line, and he has already proven he has some idea of what he is doing at the plate by working opposing pitchers. His defense in center along with his throwing arm appear to be at least adequate as well.
Another reason that he could be a good fit is because unlike many other high-upside high school players, Davis is not committed to play at a four-year college next fall. The fact that Davis is headed to junior college will take away some of his leverage in contract talks with the team.
While I'm not comparing the two, Davis is a player capable of having the same type of impact as Michael Bourn. His speed and ability to get on base along with good defense in center could make him a difference-maker at the top of the Braves lineup.