Updated on September 30, 2019: J.D. Davis would end up having his breakout year with the New York Mets after not really finding a place to play within the Houston Astros’ 25-man roster. While the Mets initially tried Davis out at third, the team quickly snubbed the idea and moved the right handed slugger out to left field.
His playing time dramatically increased in late July when first baseman/left fielder Dominic Smith sustained a stress fracture in his left foot, allowing Davis to see more at-bats against right handed pitching. While moving up the depth charts due to unfortunate circumstances, Davis would not hesitate to make the best of opportunities given.
Jonathan Gregory Davis Finished the 2019 campaign with 22 doubles, 22 home runs to match and 57 RBI’s in 410 at-bats. In his 140 games played, Davis hit .307/.369/.527/.895 and has hopefully cemented himself as part of what could potentially be a highly dangerous Mets lineup with the likes of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil.
Posted on June 16, 2019: The Mets acquired Davis along side with shortstop Cody Bohanek on January 6th from the Houston Astros for infielder Luis Santana, outfielder Ross Adolph, and catcher Scott Manea. While the Astros have been high on Davis during his tenure in the organization, they merely just didn’t have the room for him on the Major League roster.
The Elk Grove, CA native was drafted out of High School by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur draft, however, he didn’t sign but instead he honed his skills while playing for Cal Fullerton and was later drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft by the Houston Astros.
Davis hit well while climbing the Minor League ranks during his time with the Astros. In 2015, Davis hit 26 home runs in high A ball as a 22 year old, half a year younger than the League average. In five MiLB season, Davis has 105 home runs and a slash of .292/ .362/ .521/ .884 in 507 games and 1981 at bats.
Davis cracked the Houston Astros top 20 prospect list prior to the 2017 season, here is a scouting report provided by MinorLeagueBall.com in which he was labeled as one of the young players to watch.
The Mets plan to take advantage of Davis’ versatility while a couple of the corner infielders (Jed Lowrie & Todd Frazier) are down and out with minor injuries, for the time being. I think it would be wise for the Orange & Blue to hold onto Davis as he seems like a viable back up option to the corners of both the infield as well as the outfield.
If his scouting report holds to be true, Davis will emerge as a deadly bat off of the Mets bench with the potential to take over third base if the Jed Lowrie acquisition doesn’t pan out. It’ll be a good season if J.D. Davis could walk away with 250-300 AB’s, but it’s going to take a lot of moving parts to have that come into fruition.
Davis clearly shows a lot of potential but the young slugger needs to work on his defensive woes, or he may end up being a player without a position or the prototypical D.H., which will probably make it’s way over to the National League by 2021.