Wade Davis
Wade Davis
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Davis was a worthwhile one-year rental for the Cubs, as he converted all but one of his 33 regular-season save opportunities and then went 4-for-4 in the postseason. He didn't blow a save until Sept. 23 and did not allow more than four earned runs in any month of the campaign. The uptick in walks in recent seasons is troubling -- he's gone from 2.7 BB/9 in 2015 to 3.3 and then 4.3 last season -- and he was a bit lucky on balls in play (.262 BABIP), but the swing and miss goes a long way toward masking the flaws. Davis' 12.1 K/9 in 2017 was the second-highest mark of his career, while his 15.4 percent swinging-strike rate was a career high. Davis is more than a calendar year removed from the injury scare involving his elbow, and he is now the highest-paid reliever in history (by AAV) after signing with the Rockies. It's not an ideal landing spot, but Davis is still a viable target if you're going to pay up for saves. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $52 million contract with the Rockies in December of 2017. Contract includes a $15 million club option for the 2021 season.
Bags 40th save
PColorado Rockies
September 16, 2018
Davis got the save against the Giants on Sunday, striking out two with no walks over a scoreless ninth inning to close out Colorado's 3-2 victory.
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Davis has been volatile at times in 2018, but he seems to have settled down of late, as he's now given up just one earned run in his last 10 outings, with this clean effort against San Francisco bringing his save total on the season up to 40. His 4.48 ERA is still a bit bloated thanks to his handful of meltdowns, but he's still racked up more than enough saves to have functioned as a viable fantasy closer this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-26%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-26%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .164 314 99 31 46 8 3 3
Since 2016vs Right .221 348 99 39 67 11 0 11
2018vs Left .144 116 36 12 15 2 3 2
2018vs Right .232 128 36 14 26 4 0 6
2017vs Left .156 111 37 13 15 4 0 1
2017vs Right .211 131 42 15 24 4 0 5
2016vs Left .200 87 26 6 16 2 0 0
2016vs Right .221 89 21 10 17 3 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.84 1.07 91.0 7 5 46 10.0 3.6 0.8
Since 2016Away 3.20 1.21 70.1 2 4 53 12.3 4.2 0.8
2018Home 5.04 1.12 30.1 3 3 14 9.8 3.0 1.5
2018Away 3.90 1.10 30.0 0 3 26 11.7 4.8 0.9
2017Home 1.46 1.03 37.0 3 1 17 10.9 4.4 0.7
2017Away 3.74 1.34 21.2 1 1 15 14.1 4.2 1.2
2016Home 2.19 1.05 24.2 1 1 15 8.8 3.3 0.0
2016Away 1.45 1.23 18.2 1 0 12 11.1 3.4 0.0
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How does Wade Davis compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). 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.
K/BB
2.77
 
K/9
10.7
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
4.48
 
WHIP
1.11
 
BABIP
.252
 
GB/FB
1.22
 
Strand %
62.7%
 
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When a 1.87 ERA is nearly double what you've averaged the previous two seasons, the bar's been set extremely high. Davis did exhibit a couple of yellow flags last season, most notably dropping a mph off his fastball, missing time with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow and a second straight year of a declining strikeout rate. Plus, his walks spiked. However, as usual, Davis did a remarkable job keeping the ball in the yard, not allowing a homer for the second time in three seasons. The righty reliever closed out September with seven scoreless outings, fanning nine with just one walk over those seven frames, which helped ease the residual injury concern. Even with the velocity drop, Davis sported an elite 9.8 K/9. Davis may not be one of the first couple closers off the board in 2017, but he still belongs in the top 10 especially after joining the winningest team in baseball in a December trade. If you prefer to pay for saves, Davis should be on your shopping list.
The Rays had Davis in the rotation until a crowded house put him in the bullpen for 2012 where he was absolutely dominant. Davis did so reluctantly and expressed a desire to return to the rotation. The Rays instead shipped him to Kansas City in the Wil Myers deal where Davis returned to his middling ways in the rotation. The Royals had a similar crowded house in 2014 and put Davis back in the bullpen, and there is no way he’s ever going to start again. Davis has been arguably one of the best relievers in baseball over the past two seasons with a 0.97 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP in that time. He got the closer role late in 2015 when Greg Holland initially went down, and he now has it full time entering 2016 as Holland is going to miss the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Davis will now be drafted among the elite closers, and rightfully so.
Davis supplied the Royals with one of the best relief seasons in recent memory, as the right-hander did not allow an extra-base hit until his 44th appearance of the year. The 29-year-old also logged an incredible scoreless appearance streak of 33 games, spanning from July 27 to September 15, which was good enough to set a Kansas City franchise record. After making 24 starts for the Royals in 2013, the team finally realized he was best suited to work exclusively in relief, and Davis rewarded them by posting a 1.00 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and spectacular 13.6 K/9 rate over 72 innings. As long as closer Greg Holland remains in the mix, Davis will remain relegated to a setup role, but this doesn't necessarily place him out of fantasy consideration. His solid strikeout and peripheral numbers make him a quality option, especially in formats that reward holds. If anything would ever happen to Holland, Davis would take his mid-90s fastball, cutter, and curveball to the ninth inning, where he would immediately become a must-own asset in all formats.
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wil Myers/James Shields trade, Davis was expected to be able to carry his 2012 relief numbers over to a starting role as the fifth member of Royals' 2013 rotation. While he was better than his last go-around as a starter in 2011, he struggled mightily in his return to the rotation. An unusually-high .361 BABIP and 27.5% line drive rate seemed to be the cause of his problems, but he also struggled with his command, posting just a 1.97 K/BB over 135.1 innings. The Royals left him in the rotation for the majority of the season and settled on pitching him for roughly just five innings per outing, hoping he would eventually right the ship. When his struggles continued, he took a quick demotion to the minors and when rosters expanded in September, was brought back up but pushed back into the bullpen for the final month of the season and pitched strictly in low-leverage situations. The Royals have him under contract through the end of the 2014 season with options through 2017, so they're certainly not giving up on him. He'll likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot during the spring, but he seems destined to make a permanent shift to the bullpen.
Though he was disappointed to lose out on the final spot of the rotation in 2012 to Jeff Niemann, Davis gave the Rays a dependable workhorse in the bullpen who did not lose a game while posting a 2.43 ERA over 54 appearances. The team did not want him to go back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation and opted to keep him in his late-inning role. The transition must have kept him fresh as he drastically lowered his walk rate and raised his strikeout rate. He also nearly doubled his swinging strike percentage to 12 percent, possibly caused by a significant uptick in the average velocity on his fastball, slider and curveball. Included in the blockbuster deal that sent Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in December, Davis is expected to move back into a starting role and open the year in the back of the Kansas City rotation.
Many expected Davis to take another step in the right direction developmentally and instead he did just the opposite. He finished the season with a 11-10 record which was kind of lucky considering his 4.45 ERA and 1.375 WHIP. A loss of one mph off his fastball may be partially to blame for the decrease in his strikeout rate which dropped to 5.14 K/9IP after a 6.05 K/9IP mark in 2010. Besides his fastball, Davis has a decent curveball as well as a slider and changeup in his arsenal of pitches. The problem for Davis is that he simply isn't missing many bats. His 5.9 percent swinging strike rate is well below league-average although his K/9IP rate was at its highest mark over the final two months of the season. There will be plenty of competition for the rotation in the spring; Davis will need a good showing if he's going to claim a spot as the No. 4 or No. 5 starter.
Davis had a very good first season as a full-time starter for the Rays, finishing 12-10 as their No. 4 option. An imposing force on the mound, he finished with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.351 WHIP which isn't too bad considering the division he pitches in. After a stint on the DL due to shoulder soreness in early August, Davis showed no ill effects after returning. Over the first half of last season, Davis struggled to keep the ball in the park allowing 18 home runs, but he showed signs of improvement during the second half and only allowed six more. Davis also improved his control, lowering his walk rate over the first five months after starting out with a gaudy 5.32 BB/9IP mark in April. Davis will be a name to remember in mid-late rounds of fantasy drafts and should open as either the No. 3 or No 4 starter for the Rays this season.
Davis heads into spring with a legitimate shot at cracking the rotation. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, and armed with a 96-mph heater, Davis also throws a plus-curve and worked on improving his changeup and cut fastball. After a fine season for Durham (3.40 ERA, 1.254 WHIP) he continued to pitch well for the Rays in six late-season starts. He doesn't quite have the upside of teammate Jeremy Hellickson, but he should make for a solid No. 2 starter down the road.
Davis has been overshadowed by the attention given to David Price, but he had a decent season himself and is still an attractive prospect. Command issues were a problem at times for him this year, but the Rays still added him to the 40-man roster and will give him a long look in spring training before he begins 2009 back at Triple-A. The Rays likely will want to get Davis another half-season's worth of starts at Triple-A before they seriously consider him for a big-league callup.
Of all the pitching prospects in the Rays' chain, Davis may have the most promise. He survived his transition to Double-A well, although that increased walk rate indicates he might still have some things to learn. Ideally, the Rays would like to see Davis reach the bigs sometime in midseason 2009 or so. However, he'll get some high-visibility innings this spring, and if Davis shows he's ready, the Rays won't mind moving up his timetable to allow for a major-league debut by the end of 2008.
Davis had a great year at low-A, finishing the season with a no-hitter. Check out that strikeout rate, courtesy of a great 94-mph fastball, good curve and slider. He's not likely to make an impact in the bigs before 2009 at the earliest, but he's perhaps the Rays' best pitching prospect at the lower levels. He'll start 2007 at High-A Vero Beach.
Davis was a third-round pick in 2004 out of high school in Lake Wales, Florida. His fastball can hit 98 MPH, and he has made major strides improving his command and control. He is on several prospect lists as a sleeper heading into 2006.
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Records 39th save
PColorado Rockies
September 8, 2018
Davis allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out two to earn the save Saturday against the Dodgers.
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Strikes out side for 38th save
PColorado Rockies
September 4, 2018
Davis struck out the side in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 38th save of the season Monday against the Giants.
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Records 37th save
PColorado Rockies
September 1, 2018
Davis struck out one in a perfect inning to get the save against the Padres on Saturday.
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Collects save No. 36
PColorado Rockies
August 29, 2018
Davis struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Angels to pick up his 36th save.
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Picks up 35th save
PColorado Rockies
August 19, 2018
Davis gave up one hit in an otherwise clean ninth inning Sunday against the Braves en route to picking up his 35th save. He struck out three.
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