Khris Davis
Khris Davis
33-Year-Old DHDH
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
2020 wasn't kind to Davis, who ended the year with a career-worst .200 average and just two home runs through 30 games. The slugger is known to rack up his fair share of punchouts at the dish, and while he's made up for it in the past by blasting 40-plus home runs in a season, he just wasn't himself during the 60-game shortened campaign. The 32-year-old saw his playing time decline in August, and understandably so, as he slashed a dismal .209/.320/.326 with one long ball and six RBI across 15 contests. While Davis figures to have plenty of pop left in his bat entering his age-33 season, he's hit just 25 total home runs over the last two years (163 games), so there's certainly reason for prospective fantasy owners to proceed with caution. Davis is set to enter his sixth season in Oakland in the DH spot and will be handed every opportunity to redeem himself in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Athletics in August of 2021.
Continues producing Monday
DHOakland Athletics
September 21, 2021
Davis went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mariners on Monday.
ANALYSIS
The timely two-bagger plated Chad Pinder in the third inning for Oakland's first run of the night and helped push Davis' slash line over the last eight games to an impressive .353/.389/.471. The slugger has only logged 18 plate appearances over that span, but he's been making more contact than usual while striking out at a modest 16.7 percent clip in the sample. Davis has a solid .290 average overall across the 13 games he's seen action in during his current A's stint, although he's yet to leave the yard.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#4
#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+40%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+56%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .826 240 34 11 33 0 .266 .363 .464
Since 2019vs Right .591 483 46 16 57 0 .191 .259 .333
2021vs Left .588 56 4 0 4 0 .200 .268 .320
2021vs Right .726 42 6 2 4 0 .222 .310 .417
2020vs Left .812 34 5 0 4 0 .296 .441 .370
2020vs Right .513 58 4 2 5 0 .135 .224 .288
2019vs Left .918 150 25 11 25 0 .285 .380 .538
2019vs Right .589 383 36 12 48 0 .197 .258 .330
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+55%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+156%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .524 363 29 10 36 0 .169 .237 .287
Since 2019Away .812 362 51 17 54 0 .262 .348 .464
2021Home .360 45 3 0 1 0 .136 .156 .205
2021Away .920 53 7 2 7 0 .286 .396 .524
2020Home .581 47 2 1 4 0 .186 .255 .326
2020Away .630 47 7 1 5 0 .184 .340 .289
2019Home .542 271 24 9 31 0 .172 .247 .295
2019Away .821 262 37 14 42 0 .270 .340 .481
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
26.5%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.151
 
AVG
.209
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.360
 
OPS
.646
 
wOBA
.285
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.7%
 
Barrels/PA
7.4%
 
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It is so disappointing not to be able to look at the stat line and see yet another .247 batting average in the box for Davis. The incredible four-year run came to an end in 2019 as Davis' average fell 27 points and his power production fell even more precipitously to half of the levels we've grown accustomed to the past few years. Davis had 10 homers by May 5 and was hitting .229/.303/.481, when on that day, he went crashing into a sidewall at PNC Park while making a catch. After that play, he went onto hit .217/.289/.351 the rest of the season with just 13 homers. It is pretty easy to see that one moment resulted in an injury which Davis tried to play through, and it severely impacted his ability to hit with the type of authority he's known for. He has littered the Statcast hard contact rates for years; a healthy Davis should be ready to Krush once again.
This is a piece of cake. Davis will hit .247 with 40-something homers. Plus, he'll no longer be referred to as Khris with a K -- the other guy will be called Chris with a C. What Davis has done is remarkable, hitting .247 each of the past four seasons. More importantly, he's hit more homers one season to the next throughout his six-year career. Expecting him to top 2018's career-high of 48 is optimistic, but he should again be among the league leaders. He's posted a HR/FB of at least 24.1% the last four years, with a flyball rate over 40%. His average is capped with a strikeout rate around 27%, but you're not rostering Davis for average. He'll begin the season eligible at utility only in most leagues, but could possibly pick up outfield eligibility, though the A's only play three interleague games before July 30. Try to build in flexibility elsewhere in your lineup. Davis' consistency and reliability are worth tying up your UT spot with an early draft pick or aggressive bid.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Multiple hits in return to Oakland
DHOakland Athletics
September 3, 2021
Davis entered Thursday's win over the Tigers as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning and remained in the game as the designated hitter, going 2-for-3 with an RBI ground-rule double.
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Makes way back to Oakland
DHOakland Athletics
September 1, 2021
The Athletics selected Davis' contract from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Wednesday's game in Detroit.
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Tearing it up in Triple-A
DHOakland Athletics
August 26, 2021
Davis is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles, two triples, six home runs, 16 RBI, a walk and nine runs over his last nine games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
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Returns to Oakland on MiLB deal
DHOakland Athletics
August 4, 2021
Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Wednesday.
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Cut loose by Texas
DHFree Agent
June 13, 2021
The Rangers released Davis on Sunday.
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