J.D. Davis

J.D. Davis

31-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Davis finished strong with the Giants down the stretch of the 2022 campaign after coming over in a trade with the Mets and he carried that over into 2023, slashing .282/.362/.456 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI over 76 games through the end of June. The 30-year-old cooled off the rest of the way, though, hitting just .211/.284/.364 before ending the season with a shoulder strain. Davis still hits the ball hard (91.1 mph average exit velocity) and he did a better job of making contact in 2023 in cutting his strikeout rate to a more respectable 27.8 percent. His defense was actually much improved last season, although Davis' track record suggests he'll have to hit if he wants to play. He netted a career-high 546 plate appearances in 2023 but is no safe bet to reach that number in 2024. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#395
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Athletics in March of 2024.
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3BOakland Athletics
June 8, 2024
Davis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto.
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Saturday marks Davis' third consecutive absence. The lefty-hitting Tyler Soderstrom will once again start at first base Saturday while batting seventh against Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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2
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vs LHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2022
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .750 377 45 14 38 2 .248 .326 .424
Since 2022vs Right .724 663 73 20 71 0 .244 .326 .398
2024vs Left .795 37 4 2 2 0 .265 .324 .471
2024vs Right .591 94 7 2 3 0 .209 .277 .314
2023vs Left .728 157 15 6 19 1 .246 .306 .423
2023vs Right .742 387 46 12 50 0 .249 .333 .408
2022vs Left .759 183 26 6 17 1 .245 .344 .415
2022vs Right .757 182 20 6 18 0 .252 .335 .421
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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+8%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+122%
OPS at Home
2023
Even Split
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .761 511 58 17 55 2 .262 .339 .422
Since 2022Away .707 529 60 17 54 0 .229 .314 .393
2024Home .796 84 11 4 5 0 .288 .321 .475
2024Away .359 47 0 0 0 0 .100 .234 .125
2023Home .736 261 25 8 31 1 .251 .330 .407
2023Away .739 283 36 10 38 0 .245 .322 .418
2022Home .778 166 22 5 19 1 .264 .361 .417
2022Away .741 199 24 7 16 0 .236 .322 .420
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Stat Review
How does J.D. 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
22.9%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.133
 
AVG
.225
 
OBP
.290
 
SLG
.358
 
OPS
.648
 
wOBA
.291
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.9%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
Expected BA
.223
 
Expected SLG
.374
 
Sprint Speed
22.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
63.3%
 
Line Drive %
11.1%
 
Fly Ball %
25.6%
 
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March 15, 2024
Mets GM David Stearns officially declined comment Friday on Davis potentially signing with the club, but he said he expects Brett Baty and Mark Vientos to be the team's primary options at third base and designated hitter come Opening Day, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
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It's not exactly a shock Stearns isn't directly discussing rumors regarding potential free-agent targets, or that he's given a small vote of confidence to Baty and Vientos. Even so, Davis would be a logical pickup for the Mets with the aforementioned pair both struggling as rookies last season. Davis clubbed 18 homers with the Giants in 2023 but was let go earlier this month after the signing of Matt Chapman.
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Davis struggled to find much of a role during the first half of 2022 with the Mets, but he thrived after being shipped to the Giants. He had a .683 OPS while with New York but produced a .263/.361/.496 slash line with eight home runs in just 158 plate appearances for San Francisco. That production certainly didn't come out of nowhere and lines up well with the 130 wRC+ he posted from 2019 to 2021. The departure of Evan Longoria leaves the Giants without a clear starter at third base, and Davis could step into that spot depending on the club's additions in free agency. He'll need to beat out David Villar, who hit well in his first taste of the big leagues last season. Regardless, Davis should be able to secure regular at-bats between designated hitter, the corner infield and corner outfield.
Davis' offensive production lagged well behind the pace of his breakout 2019 campaign (.896 OPS) for the second straight year. Though the 28-year-old was at least a well-above league-average performer in 2021 with a .285/.384/.436 slash line (130 wRC+), his lack of defensive utility along with the Mets' improved options at the corner-infield and corner-outfield spots hampered his playing-time outlook. Davis is healthy again after undergoing a procedure in October to address a hand injury that nagged him at points last season, but even with the designated hitter coming to the National League, the Mets don't look like they'll have room in the everyday lineup for him.
Davis broke out in 2019, with his .307/.369/.527 slash line (which was supported by strong Statcast numbers) more than making up for his defensive deficiencies. While he produced a still-solid 117 wRC+ in 2020, much of that was the result of a big jump in BB% from 8.4 to 13.5, as his overall .247/.371/.389 line with a modest six homers was far less interesting to fantasy players outside of OBP leagues. Statcast suggests he deserved better, giving him a .430 xSLG, though that would still represent a significant step back. His average exit velocity dipped by a small amount (from 91.5 to 90.1 mph), though it was his average launch angle that changed the most dramatically, falling from 10.6 degrees to a very low 3.3. There's certainly plenty of upside here if he remembers how to lift the ball, but a repeat of his merely good 2020 form at the plate could see him lose playing time given his poor glovework.
The Mets acquired Davis from the Astros in the offseason, and injuries allowed him to see steady playing time at third base to open the season. He performed well but was relegated to a bench role following the return of Todd Frazier. Davis was thrust back into a starting role -- this time in the outfield -- at the end of July and excelled over the rest of the season, hitting .331 with a 1.100 OPS and 13 homers in 55 games. His offensive breakout was largely supported by his underlying numbers; his average (.307) and slugging percentage (.527) were in line with Statcast's expected marks (.308 and .534), while his average exit velocity (91.3 mph) and barrel rate (7.1%) were well-above average. Davis wasn't as successful on the defensive side of things, as he graded out poorly in left field and at the hot corner, but he did enough with his bat to earn his fair share of opportunities between both spots in 2020.
Davis came to the plate 113 times in 2018 but didn't do much to justify the opportunities, hitting a miserable .175/.248/.223 with just a single home run. Those struggles were completely out of line with his performance in 85 games for Triple-A Fresno, where he hit an excellent .342/.406/.583. Those minor-league numbers could earn him more chances this season, but Davis will turn 26 in late April, so he's running out of time to show something at the big-league level. There are reasons to believe that he could hit better if given a chance this season, as his line was held down by a .233 BABIP, and Statcast's expected slugging percentage was a full 168 points better than his actual number. Still, that would leave him slugging a modest .391, not nearly good enough for a player limited to the corners defensively. A trade to the Mets gives him a slightly clearer path to playing time, but don't expect more than deep-league value.
Davis hit just .226 and struck out 29.4 percent of the time in his big-league debut, but wielded so much power (four home runs, .258 ISO) that he was still a league-average hitter (100 wRC+) over 68 plate appearances. Of course, league average won't cut it at an infield corner or at DH for the loaded Astros, and they have superior options at every position he could conceivably handle. Five years ago a player with his power potential could bring back a quality arm in a trade, but now almost every team has a player of Davis' caliber either in their lineup, on their bench or at Triple-A. The Astros are so loaded that not only do they have similar or better options on their bench, but they may even have a better third-base prospect at Triple-A in Colin Moran. Davis slugged .652 with three home runs in 26 MLB plate appearances against southpaws, which is in line with the righty's minor-league production and points to his future role as a bench bat who destroys opposite-handed pitching.
The 75th overall pick in the 2014 draft has always hit in the minor leagues, but his fairly high strikeout rates, below-average defense and a host of superior players ahead of him on Houston's organizational depth chart has led to Davis flying somewhat under the radar. While he has played some outfield and first base in the upper levels of the minors, the bulk of his starts still come at third base, where he has a strong arm and little else. There is no denying he has plus raw power, as he has never posted an ISO lower than .213 as a pro, but the strikeouts and favorable minor-league hitting environments make it difficult to project a high batting average. He might be Mike Napoli at third base, or he might be a Quadruple-A hitter who gets a very brief chance to prove he can hit with the Astros before being relegated back to an organizational depth role.
Davis, the 75th overall pick in 2014, spent last season with High-A Lancaster hitting in the friendly confines of the California League. The 22-year-old third baseman finished the year sixth in the league in home runs (26) and second in RBI (101) while hitting .289 in 120 games with the JetHawks. It will be all about adjustments as he moves up the organizational ladder, as he can get away with a 28.4% strikeout rate in the lower levels of the minors, but that rate could spike once he starts facing Double-A pitchers who can command a breaking ball. Still, the case can be made that the Cal State Fullerton product has already established himself as a top-100 prospect for dynasty leagues.
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Sitting again Friday
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June 7, 2024
Davis is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Toronto.
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Back to bench Thursday
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June 6, 2024
Davis is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mariners.
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Remains on bench
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June 1, 2024
Davis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with Atlanta.
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Sitting again
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May 31, 2024
Davis is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Atlanta.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
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May 30, 2024
Davis is absent from the lineup for Thursday's contest in Tampa Bay.
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