Jake Davies should be grabbing the attention of major league scouts now, if he wasn't before. After primarily pitching early in his college career, Davies is showing that his best trait is his power at the plate.
He was at it again on Saturday, guiding the surprise Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the ACC Championship game with his fourth long ball in the tournament, a two-run shot in the first inning.
The Yellow Jackets downed Clemson 5-1 to move on.
The Yellow Jackets are an eighth seed with only a 12-18 record in league play, but they have gotten hot at the right time. Much of that can be credited to Davies' leadership and power-hitting.
He still pitches; as a matter of fact, he went six innings in this game.
That is a benefit in the collegiate ranks, but Davies has a future as a left-handed power hitter in the majors. His hitting has improved as he has received more at-bats.
What is most impressive is his OBP. He shows great patience having drawn more walks (26 BB to 20 SO) this season, which is a marked improvement over last season's numbers (28 BB to 48 SO). Davies sports a healthy OBP of .401 for the season.
This improvement is a huge reason for the increase in power production.
It shows a rapid maturation for Davies and signals that the best is yet to come for him at the plate.
Left-handed power hitters are a rarity and thus very coveted in the majors, even if it just represents a valuable bat off the bench for late-game situations.
The senior is aligning himself well for this type of consideration as he continues to crank out home runs. He has hit 13 this season while hitting .330. If he can close out his college career on a strong note it will give him momentum heading into the draft on June 4.
He isn't a first-round talent, but Davies has the tools to develop into a solid big-leaguer, and his recent power surge couldn't have come at a better time.
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