23-Year-Old Outfielder – Toronto Blue Jays
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
One of the Blue Jaysí top dozen prospects coming into the season, Davis is an interesting prospect. After his first season in Low-A Lansing didnít go as planned, Davis spent the 2015 season at the sam...
D.J. Davis Contract Information:
Agreed to a $1.75 million signing bonus with the Jays after getting drafted in the first round in the 2012 draft.
Davis went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and eight RBI for Low-A Lansing on Monday.
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Toronto Blue Jays Roster
MajorsBarney, Darwin (2B)
A+Alford, Anthony (OF)
RookieBichette, Bo (2B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A first-round selection out of high school in the 2012 draft, Davis got his first taste of a full-season league in 2014, and it did not go well. The 21-year-old spent the entire season in the Midwest League at Low-A Lansing, an admittedly difficult hitting environment, and slashed .213/.268/.316 in 542 plate appearances. He posted solid counting stats (eight home runs and 19 steals), but that is to be expected from an elite athlete like Davis. His approach at the plate is what will make or break him as a prospect. For someone with 80-grade speed, a .299 BABIP is pretty troubling and the 30.8% strikeout rate demonstrates the amount of swing-and-miss in his game. Davis may have lost confidence as the season went on. His slash line dipped to just .198/.250/.283 in the second half, signaling that he may be sent back to repeat the level in 2015.
A first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Davis had a disappointing 2013 campaign with rookie league Bluefield, failing to show any meaningful signs of improvement. His .240/.323/.418 line was quite similar to what he produced in rookie ball the previous season, though it should still be good enough to ensure that Davis begins 2014 at a full-season A-ball affiliate. The 20-year-old outfielder's contact skills are particularly concerning, after 29.5% of his 2013 plate appearances ended in a strikeout. Despite the disappointing early returns, Davis is still young enough to turn things around.
Davis was selected 17th overall by Toronto in the 2012 amateur draft. Davis is an elite athlete with top level speed, stealing 25 bases in 60 minor league games. While he is still raw, he has shown the ability to take a walk, a skill the Blue Jays hope will make him stand out and move quickly in their system. Considering that he's just 19 and on the brink of his first full professional season, Davis is likely three-plus years away from getting onto the big league radar.