J.D. Davis

Position: 3B
Born: 04/27/93
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (HOU).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .282 in 103 games between Corpus Christi (Double-A) and Fresno (Triple-A) with 26 home runs, 78 RBIs, 23 doubles and five stolen bases with a .345 OBP and a .527 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Fresno on August 5, along with C Juan Centeno, when C Evan Gattis went on the 10-day DL and 1B A.J. Reed was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 08/05/17

Debut Details
August 5, in a 4-3 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays. The starting third baseman, he batted eighth and went 1-for-4. In the second inning, against right-handed starter Marco Estrada, with two outs, he struck out looking. In the fifth, with one out, he hit an infield single but was caught stealing on a 2-4 double play as Tyler White struck out swinging. In the seventh, with one out, he struck out swinging. In the 10th, leading off the inning facing right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna with the Astros down 4-3, he struck out looking.

Player Notes
Davis, who was drafted out of Cal State Fullerton, had originally been drafted back in 2011 in the fifth round out of Elk Grove (Cal.) H.S. by the Rays but opted to play college ball, andhe saw his stock rise by two rounds three years later. One of the top sluggers in the minors in 2017, his 21 home runs at Corpus Christi, where he'd played 87 of his 103 games before his promotion, still led the Texas League as of the day of his debut and his .510 SLG there still ranked third in the Texas League. He'd been hitting .279 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs in those 87 games, but didn't miss a beat moving up to Triple-A, batting .295 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in just 16 games at Fresno He now boasts a career .509 SLG in his first four summers. Ini 2016, at Corpus Christi, he led the Texas League with 34 doubles, batting .268 with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs along with 130 hits and a .485 SLG, leading the system in total bases (235) as well as doubles, homers and RBIs. But it's his strong arm at third base that may actually be his best tool, ranking a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale (just in case you'd forgotten where we got our website name). That plus raw power comes a close second in the toolbox. Without much speed or agility, he is limited to a corner position, but his bat should be enough to do that.