The Jays Journal staff returns with our yearly Top 30 prospect rankings. The #28 place is reserved to Jonathan Davis, an athletic outfielder who carries on to quietly make some sound in the Minors.
At 26 decades of age, Jonathan Davis checks in as one particular of the more mature names on the Jays leading prospects record. However, the undersized however athletic outfielder out of the University of Central Arkansas carries on to make sound in the minors, which has permitted him to lastly generate the simply call to the Majors.
Title: Jonathan Davis
Placement: OF Age: 26
Height: 5’8 Body weight: 190 lbs
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Obtained: 15th spherical pick in 2013
A twitchy and explosive athlete, Davis is coming off rather potentially his most effective insignificant league year. Starting up the 12 months off down in Double-A New Hampshire, Davis was misplaced in the shuffle of the Blue Jays’ most talented insignificant league ball club. Surrounded by the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio, it was uncomplicated to forget about the 26-12 months aged outfielder.
That did not prevent Davis from rising to the occasion and accomplishing, compiling a triple slash line of .302/.388/.830 via 78 video games as a Fisher Cat, even though exhibiting off some velocity (19 stolen bags) as well as some sneaky pop (five property operates) in the process.
His high amount of participate in acquired him a advertising to Triple-A Buffalo wherever he invested just 46 video games up until finally his eventual simply call-up to the main league club. In his small stint in a Bisons uniform, Davis came across some struggles at the plate, mostly in component to a marginally enhanced K-charge (14.8% in AA in contrast to 20.3% in AAA) and a fall in BABIP (.345 in AA down to .297 in AAA).
MLB Pipeline ranks Davis’ upcoming strike device at 50.
With supreme athleticism, Davis offers good bat-to-ball capabilities. He has a gap-to-gap strategy at the plate and in spite of an elevated strike-out charge in his small quantity of time in AAA and with the principal club (44.7 % O-Swing % as per Fangraphs, albeit via 25 Ab muscles), Davis nevertheless has sophisticated strike zone awareness. Early on in his insignificant league job, he experienced a inclination to come to be pull happy, but with adjustments has realized to line the ball to all fields with a lot more consistency.
For Davis, energy will never ever be the calling card, so to communicate.
That becoming stated, the previous UCA Bear carries stunning energy in his scaled-down 5-foot-8,190 pound frame. Though the 20+ property run energy is not there, Davis nevertheless has some sneaky pop from the right aspect of the plate. He has a good truly feel for the barrel and stays athletic and explosive in the box, letting him to deliver brief bat velocity.
In 2016, Davis strike 14 homers for the One-A Dunedin Blue Jays. He strike 10 property operates in the minors very last year, splitting time amongst the Fisher Cats and Bisons. In reality, attending the closing collection of the Bisons year, I was amazed to see Davis choose a pitch away to right-heart area for a property run.
Davis’ velocity grades out as his most effective device on the baseball diamond, and rightfully so.
A speedy-twitch athlete, Davis is a consistently sub-4.20 second runner (property-to-to start with) and uses his velocity and explosive to start with step to be a continuous danger on the bases, accumulating 101 stolen bags across 6 insignificant league seasons. As the game shies away from thieving, Davis’ velocity also translates correctly into the outfield wherever he has the potential to participate in all 3 outfield positions.
Setting up off of his spectacular velocity, Davis has a brief to start with step in the outfield which provides him in addition assortment and the potential to participate in all 3 outfield positions. MLB Pipeline grades out his arm at a 45, which would restrict his efficiency in right area and the deficiency of energy forces Davis to continue being in centre area as opposed to the corners.
Long run Price
Irrespective of Davis’ deficiency of arm energy, Davis’ athleticism, velocity, and in addition assortment make him a very able outfield solution on the main league amount, and combined with his potential to make constant get hold of at the plate, Davis will have a probability to vie for a place on the Blue Jays opening working day roster. Of system, he will compete with the likes of Kevin Pillar, Randal Grichuk, and fellow leading prospects Billy McKinney and Anthony Alford, but that becoming stated even though the upside isn’t comparable amongst Davis and some of the Blue Jays other leading prospects, Davis is a decrease risk prospect and has the translatable resources that can presently present big league price.