Courtesy of PerfectGame.org
DOB: 7/25/1994 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 180
Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Stone County HS, Miss.)
Season in Review: Selected with the 17th-overall pick in the 2012 draft, Davis showcased loud tools in his professional debut, batting .250/.355/.386 with 18 extra-base hits, 25 stolen bases and 70/27 K/BB in 60 games over three levels. However, as a 17-year-old facing the best pitching of his life, the outfielder was understandably raw.
Scouting Notes: 6’1”, left-handed hitter has an upper-body-oriented swing with wiry, explosive strength; features above-average bat speed with a relatively compact bat path; hit tool should improve as he fine-tunes his swing and gains experience; projects to have above-average power; his plus-plus speed and ability to get out of the box will make him a regular extra-base threat; struggles with pitch recognition of breaking balls out of the pitcher’s hand, but can drill fastballs with authority.
Davis’ defense in center field is raw and he’ll need time to develop a true feel for the position; premium athlete whose tremendous speed and range should compensate for poor routes in the interim until he reaches higher minor-league levels; arm strength is fringe-average and best suited for center field.
Spring Training Forecast: Participating in minor league camp, Davis will continue to refine his approach and swing as he prepares for his full-season debut at some point next season.
2013 Outlook: Presumably slated to open the year at Short-Season or Low-A, Davis’ tools are very loud, but his skill set will likely be challenged against the more advanced pitching. The key to his development will be the speed at which he’s able to make adjustments.