Texas Rangers: AAA Round Rock and the Chris Davis Problem

Craig ChapmanCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2011

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Chris Davis #19 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during Spring Training Media Day on February 25, 2011 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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It's almost time for the All-Star break and one of the big talks around the Rangers camp is Chris Davis. He's currently playing with the Triple-A affiliate at Round Rock and he's tearing it up.

His batting average (BA) is .367, his slugging percentage (SLG) is .849, and he's hit an astounding 19 home runs in 35 games. So why isn't he playing with the MLB team?

Easy answer: He's too inconsistent. People have referred to Chris Davis as a Quadruple-A player in reference to his ability to dominate the minors, but failure in the majors. Here's a quick look at how he has done at both levels:

  Games At Bats Home Runs Strikeouts BA On-Base Percentage SLG
Majors 259 858 42 296 .249 .302 .460
Minors 457 1747 113 474 .315 .373 .591

While fans have their doubts about Davis' ability to succeed in Arlington, that hasn't stopped management from considering ways to bring him back. Jon Daniels, Rangers general manager, has mentioned that he might be brought up to play left field and move Josh Hamilton to center field.

It doesn't help Davis or the Rangers having him destroy opposing pitching in the minors, but it also doesn't help the team when he produces very little in the majors. We know he has the ability to be a great player, but aside from his rookie season, he has been a disappointment on many levels.

I still believe that a move won't happen anytime soon and that his high value in the minors should be exploited in a trade before the deadline.

Do you think a trade with Chris Davis alone could return something in value? Who would you like to see Chris Davis traded for? What team could he succeed with?