Player: Dylan Davis
Drafted by: San Francisco Giants
DOB: 7/20/1993 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6'0", 200 lbs
School: Oregon State
Previously Drafted: Never
A two-way player at Oregon State, Dylan Davis' best path to the big leagues is as a power-hitting corner outfielder. He's got some raw pop that has shown in games, particularly showcase events like the Cape Cod League last year (.587 slugging percentage).
There's not a lot of power, either in high school or college, in this draft, so a player like Davis is going to command attention. He only trailed fellow 2014 draftee Michael Conforto for the most homers by an Oregon State player this year, setting a career high with six.
In addition to his performance this season, Davis was part of the Oregon State team that made it to the semifinals of the 2013 College World Series. He was also a member of the All-Pac-12 team.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Even though the numbers aren't there for Davis like they were in 2013, his ability with the bat hasn't disappeared; looks the part of a hitter rather than a slugger, always extending his arms through the zone to drive the ball with authority and spraying line drives to all fields; at times he will pull off the ball, trying to hit it too hard, leading to soft contact.
Davis gets tremendous leverage in his swing, using his strong lower half and quick hip rotation to generate plus bat speed; when he stays back on the ball, there's no pitch he can't hit out of the park; overall feel for hitting has to improve, but the power is very real and could make him one of the best assets in this draft.
Plate Discipline: 45/55
While not a poor hitter, Davis is aggressive to a fault; he knows there's power in his swing and wants to show it off, leading to awkward swings; ability to track pitches is solid already, and he's never been a low-contact hitter; as long as he learns to hit first, then hit for power, he will be fine.
Despite having good athleticism and a strong build at 6'0" and 200 pounds, Davis doesn't have much natural foot speed; he's not going to clog the bases or be a stiff in the outfield, but he's more likely to be a station-to-station runner.
Despite having limited speed, Davis is going to be an average defender in right field; range isn't going to standout, but his ability to position himself before pitches and his strong throwing arm make him look more adept than the speed would suggest.
Davis' best tool is his arm strength, which you would expect for someone who also moonlights as a pitcher; sits in the low 90s with his fastball and can touch 97-98 mph; also gives him a fallback option of being a reliever if the hitting thing doesn't work out.
MLB Player Comparison: Michael Cuddyer
Think of Davis as a Michael Cuddyer type with more defensive prowess. The Oregon State star has the kind of offensive potential as the Colorado All-Star. Cuddyer's numbers are inflated by Coors Field, but he's always been a guy who hovers around .260-.270 with solid on-base percentages and 20-25 homers at his peak. Davis has the tools to develop into that kind of player.
Projection: Average right fielder on first-division team
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 80%
Even though Davis isn't going to go as high as Conforto, there's going to be a lot of incentive to get him signed. He's got the power teams covet, especially in this draft era where it's not easy to find. There's work to be done to make him a power hitter, but the raw ingredients are there and worthy of an above-slot signing bonus.