Khris Davis
Khris Davis
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pop quiz: who’s the only batter to slug at least 40 homers in each of the last two seasons? With 42 in 2016 and 43 last year, Davis’ 85 homers are second to Giancarlo Stanton’s 86 in that span. The problem is, Davis fanned 361 times over that time, second only to his homonym counterpart, Chris Davis (414). Perhaps because pitchers were working him more carefully, Khris with a K registered a career-best 11 percent walk rate, rendering him a little more valuable in on-base or points formats. While he doesn’t have ample plate appearances to say he’s a reverse split hitter, it’s curious that Davis hits righties better than lefties, especially last season. Though, that opens an avenue for improvement if he can benefit more from the usual platoon advantage. Aside from excessive strikeouts, Davis’ other bugaboo is fielding as the metrics are not favorable. Entering his age-30 campaign, Davis could see more time at designated hitter. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the A's in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Launches grand slam in loss
OFOakland Athletics
September 16, 2018
Davis went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay.
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Davis was responsible for all four of Oakland's runs on the day, delivering a home run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Despite this, the Athletics would come up short in a one-run loss. The 30-year-old outfielder continues to knock the cover off the ball in 2018, posting 43 homers, 115 RBI and a .871 OPS through 140 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .826 468 64 27 79 0 .234 .333 .492
Since 2016vs Right .865 1402 199 101 248 5 .252 .320 .545
2018vs Left .809 171 23 10 29 0 .221 .333 .476
2018vs Right .894 437 64 33 86 0 .259 .325 .569
2017vs Left .786 149 20 7 23 0 .213 .336 .451
2017vs Right .886 503 71 36 87 4 .257 .336 .550
2016vs Left .881 148 21 10 27 0 .267 .331 .550
2016vs Right .815 462 64 32 75 1 .241 .299 .517
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .886 908 137 66 167 2 .251 .326 .560
Since 2016Away .827 962 126 62 160 3 .245 .321 .506
2018Home .958 285 43 21 54 0 .269 .358 .600
2018Away .797 323 44 22 61 0 .231 .300 .497
2017Home .927 335 56 26 68 1 .253 .340 .587
2017Away .799 317 35 17 42 3 .241 .331 .468
2016Home .772 288 38 19 45 1 .230 .278 .494
2016Away .884 322 47 23 57 0 .262 .332 .552
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Stat Review
How does Khris Davis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
26.9%
 
BABIP
.268
 
ISO
.293
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.326
 
SLG
.541
 
OPS
.867
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Davis lived up to his power-first reputation, finishing tied for third in the league in home runs last year. He ranked second with a 26.6 percent HR/FB rate, smacking 19 of his big flies at home in what is perennially a pitchers' park. Lesson: Don't doubt his power. But what about everything else? For starters, he hasn't topped a .247 batting average in the past three years. Though he hits the ball hard, the fact that not many of his connections turn into groundballs or line drives does little to help. He also performs below average in just about every contact and plate discipline metric -- he had the highest swinging-strike rate in the majors (16.6 percent), which leaves his average and OBP up to luck. At least he'll continue hitting in the middle of the order to bolster his RBI chances. Fantasy owners will have a tough time finding better one- or two-category players, but Davis' limitations are very apparent and 2016 may have been his ceiling.
Davis' 2015 campaign is yet another reminder that big-time power can be very streaky. He managed just one home run through May 7 and had just a .209/.305/.308 line as it looked like the former non-prospect was turning back into a pumpkin, but Davis caught fire the rest of the way, slamming 26 home runs and posting a .259/.328/.565 line that led to the A's acquiring him to improve the heart of their order. Perhaps most encouraging about his 2015 season was that Davis, who was poor against right-handed pitching in 2014, tagged righties for an .864 OPS last season. He showed a weird reverse split, but that shouldn't be expected to hold, as he only took 118 plate appearances against southpaws in 2015, hardly enough to gain any predictive insight. Look for Davis to split time between left field and DH in Oakland. He will be in a worse hitting environment, but his playing time should remain steady.
Davis saw regular playing time last season for the first time, and he displayed impressive power with 37 doubles and 22 home runs. He has work to do in the on-base department and he strikes out far too often, but he has legitimate power for a corner outfielder. Davis lost playing time against right-handed starters after the Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra last season, and it’s likely the two will split the left field duties in some fashion in 2015 if Parra remains in tow. As a result, it's at least possible Davis could see closer to 400 at-bats this season than the 501 he received in 2014.
Ryan Braun’s suspension was a black mark on the Brewers’ 2013 campaign, but a silver lining was found in the form of Davis. Although he was never really considered a top prospect, Davis showed impressive power in the minors, and he put that on display at the big league level by hitting nine home runs and posting a .972 OPS over 124 plate appearances after Aug. 1. The performance led the Brewers to trade Norichika Aoki and move Ryan Braun to right field during the offseason, which opens up a regular spot in left for Davis. He provides fantasy intrigue based on his power alone.
A middling prospect entering the season, Davis earned a spot on the Brewers' 40-man roster by posting an impressive .350/.451/.604 line in 82 games across three levels last season. The Brewers' crowded outfield will make it difficult for Davis to earn a regular spot over the next couple years, but another strong season could solidify him as a prospect and help his trade value.
Davis was surprise in 2010, hitting .278/.396/.497 with Low-A Wisconsin. He showed very good patience at the plate and hit for power. Davis was a little old for the league at 22 and the Brewers may consider pushing him in 2011.
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Plays hero with 42nd homer
OFOakland Athletics
September 14, 2018
Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Rays.
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Timely hit in win
OFOakland Athletics
September 12, 2018
Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
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Bashes 41st homer
OFOakland Athletics
September 8, 2018
Davis went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Rangers.
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Continues piling up RBI
OFOakland Athletics
September 4, 2018
Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk and a run in a win over the Yankees on Monday.
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Reaches 40 home runs
OFOakland Athletics
September 2, 2018
Davis went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Saturday against the Mariners.
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