Erik Davis
Erik Davis
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Erik Davis in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in November of 2016.
Gets spring invite from Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
December 18, 2017
Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training.
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Davis spent the entire 2017 campaign with Triple-A Reno, finishing the season with an unremarkable 4.38 ERA across 63.2 innings. He did strike out 72 batters over that stretch, and his high strikeout potential could earn him an opportunity to pitch out of the Brewers' bullpen at some point in 2018. The 31-year-old held his own in his only major-league stint, compiling a 3.12 ERA and 12:1 K:BB across 8.2 innings with the Nationals back in 2013.
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After missing all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery, Davis worked his way back into the major league bullpen at the end of the season but didn't see any action in September. His combined 8.7 K/9 rate across three minor league levels is solid, but his 5.0 BB/9 rate indicates the control problems that plagued him prior to getting hurt are still a big hurdle for him to overcome. The right-hander still works off a low-90s fastball/changeup combo, but at 29 years old, time could be running out for him to prove himself as a viable major league arm. The good news for Davis is that the Nationals' bullpen was a disaster down the stretch last year, and the club will likely be looking both within the organization and outside for relievers they can rely upon. A good showing from Davis in spring training could see him open the 2016 season in middle relief.
After a strong major-league audition in 2013, Davis seemed poised to compete with Aaron Barrett for a spot at the back of the Nationals' bullpen last year, but Tommy John surgery in April put a quick end to those plans. The hard-throwing right-hander, who featured a 92-95 mph fastball and effective changeup pre-injury, progressed well enough in his rehab that the club elected to keep him on the 40-man roster this offseason, and if he proves to be healthy in the spring, he could get a shot at winning that middle-relief job. Considering that control wasn't his strong suit before he got hurt though, Davis will likely have to prove himself again in the minors before he gets another crack at the big leagues.
Davis' strikeout rate remained strong at Triple-A, and a 12:1 K:BB ratio in an 8.2-inning major league trial gives him a leg up in any spring battle for a middle-relief role.
After an ineffective 2011 Davis was moved to the bullpen and thrived, posting a K/9 rate better than 9.0 for the first time since rookie ball. His fastball, previously stuck in the low-90s, now tops out at 95 mph and his unusual knuckle-curve/circle change arsenal of secondary pitches gave minor league hitters fits. It remains to be seen whether he can translate that success to the majors of course, and he's been a career underachiever since his college days, but Davis has a chance to be part of the next wave of Nationals relief gems.
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Heading to minors camp
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
March 24, 2017
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PWashington Nationals  AAA
January 13, 2016
Davis was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.
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PWashington Nationals  AAA
January 6, 2016
Davis was designated for assignment on Wednesday, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
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PWashington Nationals  AAA
September 13, 2015
Davis was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
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PWashington Nationals  AAA
May 18, 2015
Davis (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
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