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When he was called-up in 2008, Chris Davis was one of the Rangers' premiere minor-league hitting talents. He went on to hit 17 home runs in 295 at-bats with an OPS of .880. Since then, Davis has steadily been a disappointment. Chris Davis has above-average, maybe even great defense at first base, not to mention immense power at the plate, but not all of this has translated consistently at the major league level. Last year in Triple-A, Davis had a .903 OPS but only a .192 AVG with 1 HR in 120 AB's in the big leagues. Chris Davis has also had an incredibly difficult time not striking-out at the plate. Is Chris Davis just another AAAA player; too good for AAA ball, but not good enough for the show? Or is he another Nelson Cruz? A guy with immense talent and potential that requires more time to bloom? Obviously the Rangers have not underestimated Davis' potential or else he would have been moved, one way or another. This could be Chris Davis' very last chance with the Rangers. If he somehow makes the opening day roster, it could be Davis' last shot at redemption. Lets just hope Chris Davis is the next Nelson Cruz, and not the next Jason Botts.
If Davis started hitting .192 in 08 and THEN had his 08 season last year he would be the Rangers starting first baseman sucks that he is probably going to be traded to a bad team and hes going to tear it up for them in low presure situations
My bold prediction of the year is that CD is the Rangers 1st basemen and 5 hole hitter by July. Maybe before that if Young is traded and/or Moreland tanks.
Your pretty far off there bud. Not only is Cruz our 5 hole. Moreland will have to tank pretty bad in the first 2 months for Crush to get another shot.
And you would have to trick Davis into thinking he is in Triple A
Or is he another Nelson Cruz? A guy with immense talent and potential that requires more time to bloom?
If that's the case, he's not going to unlock it here. And we're talking about a guy with significant plate discipline issues dating back quite a few years, and a guy whose power -- per a few scouting sources -- isn't the 80-grade tool it used to be.
Don't even get me started on Chris Davis.
Davis provides TEX protection at both corners. TEX is only 1 injury away from needing a replacement and Davis is a far superior defender at third than Face. TEX will find a place to protect and incubate him rather than leave the potential of 2 holes in the infield.
You never get a "fourth" chance to make a first impression....except Chris
I think he will eventually be a 30+ HR guy. For the Pirates or Marlins or some other garbage team.
Knowing the Rangers' luck, Chris Davis will be traded or released and later become an All-Star-caliber player.
TEX is only 1 injury away from needing a replacement and Davis is a far superior defender at third than Face.
Are you sure about that latter part, there?
Davis is a guy that I really just wanted to have success. In part this stems from him being from Texas and growing up a Rangers fan. In an era where players have no say in who they play for, it's fun to root for a guy who might have chosen the rangers if he had his choice.
With that said, I've given up the hope that he turns into all that we expected after 2008. Perhaps he's another late bloomer like Nelson Cruz, but those are few and far between- so I doubt it. If he did turn it around, that would be HUGE for the rangers, as he's got much more potential than Moreland to be the true power hitting 1b we haven't had since Tex (plus, call me crazy- but I would take Davis' defense over virtually any 1b in baseball). That would be quite the amazing longterm outlook for the rangers across the spectrum (though we still need one of a few young pitchers to finally hit).
It disgusts me to say this, but the Aggie is right as usual.
As long as he's not blocking someone, I don't see a need to give up on him.
I pretty high on Moreland. Every time I see him swing I see a Pete O'Brien in my mind. He's never going to be Pujols, but I love his tough-at-bat tendency; which translates to a high obp and wearing out the other pitcher. It's rare to see a young guy do that so well.
@Joey... I believe Davis is better defensively at the corners ... overall ... than Young is. I know that that's different than what I said above.
Young's 2009 3b FPCT was better than Davis' ... who had very limited time at 3rd while that was the only position Young fielded. If you were looking for the one player who was better defensively at both positions ... I think the nod goes to Davis.
Fact is ... IMO Young should already be considered third best at every infield position. The starter, Blanco, and Napoli are all better than he is.
Until TEX resolves "the Young dilemma" and Mitch Moreland establishes himself offensively and defensively as TEX everyday 1bman ... TEX will keep Davis close. As others have said ... he's not blocking anyone in the minors and it is better to have Davis improve his value ahead of any future trade than there is parting ways prematurely.
and Blanco are better than Young other than 1b ... and there he would only beat Napoli defensively should already third best be #3 on TEX depth chart at every infield position except 1b (only because Napoli is not a defensive talent at 1b either). Were Davis on the roster in some unspecified capacity ... he would push Young to #4 at 3b and #3 at 1b.
Nothing wrong with keeping him. His break out prospects are much the same as his at-bats, high chance of a whiff, but an outside shot at a home run.
Simply put; Kid Davis is taking and will be taking a lot of 3B reps this Spring.Why? Because the Rangers want to Showcase his versitility for trade bait.Everyone in the League knows his upside at 1B and his hidden(?) ability to hit.
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