Jason Davis
38-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates in March 2008.
PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 1, 2009
The Pirates assigned Davis to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
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He has the potential to become an innings-eater if and when injuries strike the pitching staff, but nothing more. Davis's ability to start or relieve and his familiarity with GM Neal Huntington from their Cleveland days sets him apart from other fringe hurlers.
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Davis has become the definition of a journeyman pitcher after pitching for three teams in the last two seasons. He actually made four starts for the pitching-starved Pirates but the results were less than inspiring and he was used only four times in September. Davis went 2-4 for Pittsburgh, compiling a 5.29 ERA and a 13:17 K:BB ratio in 34 innings. If he makes the Bucs' staff in 2009, it will be because of a failure of a number of other players to impress -- something, unfortunately, that has happened all too often to Pittsburgh in the last generation.
Davis played the Buffalo-to-Cleveland shuffle for most of the year, but capitalized on an opportunity in the second half of last season. After a 5.04 ERA before the break, Davis hit on all cylinders to a 2.16 ERA after and enters 2007 as a big part of the Tribe's pen. As with most Tribe relievers, Davis also figures to be in the closing mix as well.
Davis had a nice season in Triple-A, striking out 77 in 95 innings and reaching the upper 90s with his fastball. However, when he ascended numerous times to the big leagues, he stunk, walking 20 in 40-plus innings. The Indians continue to try him as a starter, but his stuff seems destined for the bullpen. No matter how he is used, there is plenty of competition for pitching spots in Cleveland, and Davis might be in for another year bouncing between Buffalo and Cleveland.
In retrospect, the Indians may have brought Davis to the majors too soon. He skipped Triple-A and spent all of 2003 in the majors, coming down with a tired shoulder late in the year. He was hit hard out of Cleveland's rotation in the first half of 2004, righted himself in Triple-A, then pitched well out of the bullpen in September. Davis has a great fastball, but his mechanics are inconsistent. He is a huge wild card for 2005: he could shine out of the bullpen, get hurt, or fall somewhere in between. Watch his role in spring training, and don't count on him for 200 innings.
Very much ahead of schedule, Davis progressed very well in 2003. Manager Eric Wedge treated, or "prehabbed" him very well and Davis should be that much stronger in 04 as a result. He will be a mainstay in the Tribe's rotation for years to come, but because of his team, he will lose more than he wins this year.
Davis threw very well during his cup of coffee in September, and will vie for a job in Spring Training. We tend to think he'll bounce back and forth between Cleveland and Buffalo, earning a permanent major league job in 2004.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
December 5, 2008
The Pirates outrighted Davis to Triple-A Indianapolis Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 24, 2008
Barring injury, Davis will pitch out of Pittsburgh's bullpen for the rest of the season, GM Neal Huntington said on Sunday.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 21, 2008
Davis gave up eight runs (six earned) in 3.2 innings Wednesday night against St. Louis. He allowed nine hits and three walks while striking out just one.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 15, 2008
Davis held the Mets to two runs on six hits over seven innings on Friday night, but he took the loss as the Pittsburgh offense struggled.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 6, 2008
Davis is tentatively scheduled to start on Sunday for the Pirates in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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