Davis Showing His Potential

BINGHAMTON, NY - Ike Davis' rookie season was well-documted, but a year later the Mets' 2008 top overall pick finds himself in Double-A with last summer serving as nothing more than a lesson. Now, all of Davis' tools are coming together and the first baseman is starting to show the potential that made him the club's top pick a season ago.

Less than 15 games into his Double-A career, Ike Davis is showing his first-round pick potential.

The 22-year-old first baseman made an immediate impact, hitting a walk-off RBI double in his Binghamton debut. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

"It was a good start," Davis said. "It was nice to get a couple of hits and to know that I could hit the ball up here."

Since then, Davis has been impressive posting a .273 batting average with four doubles and three homeruns. His .394 OBP is also good for third on the team.

"I'm just trying to have good at-bats," Davis said. "I'm trying to have the best concentration for every at-bat—to go in there and have a plan and know what you want to do.

Davis began the year at High-A St. Lucie and showed that he had quickly outgrown the level, batting .288 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven homeruns and 28 RBI in just 59 games.

"[In St. Lucie] I learned how to hit a fastball," Davis said. "I think that level teaches you how to hit a good fastball on both sides of the plate. Early in the season I wasn't hitting the inside fastball and I think that was the biggest worry for me down there."

Davis' strong 2009 campaign comes after a 2008 one that saw many struggles for him.

Although he began the last season with a 15-game hitting streak, Davis hit just .256 for short-season Brooklyn, with zero homeruns and just 17 RBI in 58 games.

The lack of power was unusual for the former Arizona State slugger who hit .385 with 16 homeruns and 76 RBI while posting a .742 slugging percentage in his final collegiate year.

"Last year was probably the worst I had ever played," Davis said. "I wanted to go into this year and improve something."

That something would be his batting stance.

"I opened up a little bit and freed my hands up a little more," Davis said. "I'm not so squatted down and my hands are a little higher. I think it gives me a little more whip through the zone so when I do make contact, the ball jumps a little better."

Davis is already noticing the difference at the Double-A level.

"This level teaches you how to really become a good hitter," Davis said. "You learn how to hit off-speed pitches, how to get your pitches and how to play the mental game as well. It's not like the velocity is not the same [here], but pitchers here have better command here and a better feel for their off-speeds."

"He's the guy you look to," said Binghamton manager Mako Oliveras. "He's got a good glove and he's going to hit and he's going to hit with power. He just looks like a player."

One thing that hasn't changed in Davis' game is that good glove.

Last season, Davis made just one error in 492 chances at first base—good for a league leading .998 fielding percentage. This season, Davis has committed just six errors between the two levels, and has already turned in several eye-popping plays during his short stint at the Double-A level.

"[At the different levels] I don't really think your defense changes," Davis said. "If someone hits a groundball, it's up to you to catch it."

As for the rest of the season, Davis is just looking to keep improving.

"I just want to keep trying to play at this level and to help the team win," Davis closed. "I just want to be mentally prepared and do not want to give away at-bats, which is always my goal."


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nLess than 15 games into his Double-A career, Ike Davis is showing his first-round pick potential.
\r\n
\r\nThe 22-year-old first baseman made an immediate impact, hitting a walk-off RBI double in his Binghamton debut. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was a good start,\" Davis said. \"It was nice to get a couple of hits and to know that I could hit the ball up here.\"
\r\n
\r\nSince then, Davis has been impressive posting a .273 batting average with four doubles and three homeruns. His .394 OBP is also good for third on the team.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just trying to have good at-bats,\" Davis said. \"I'm trying to have the best concentration for every at-bat—to go in there and have a plan and know what you want to do.
\r\n
\r\nDavis began the year at High-A St. Lucie and showed that he had quickly outgrown the level, batting .288 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven homeruns and 28 RBI in just 59 games.
\r\n
\r\n\"[In St. Lucie] I learned how to hit a fastball,\" Davis said. \"I think that level teaches you how to hit a good fastball on both sides of the plate. Early in the season I wasn't hitting the inside fastball and I think that was the biggest worry for me down there.\"
\r\n
\r\nDavis' strong 2009 campaign comes after a 2008 one that saw many struggles for him.
\r\n
\r\nAlthough he began the last season with a 15-game hitting streak, Davis hit just .256 for short-season Brooklyn, with zero homeruns and just 17 RBI in 58 games.
\r\n
\r\nThe lack of power was unusual for the former Arizona State slugger who hit .385 with 16 homeruns and 76 RBI while posting a .742 slugging percentage in his final collegiate year.
\r\n
\r\n\"Last year was probably the worst I had ever played,\" Davis said. \"I wanted to go into this year and improve something.\"
\r\n
\r\nThat something would be his batting stance.
\r\n
\r\n\"I opened up a little bit and freed my hands up a little more,\" Davis said. \"I'm not so squatted down and my hands are a little higher. I think it gives me a little more whip through the zone so when I do make contact, the ball jumps a little better.\"
\r\n
\r\nDavis is already noticing the difference at the Double-A level.
\r\n
\r\n\"This level teaches you how to really become a good hitter,\" Davis said. \"You learn how to hit off-speed pitches, how to get your pitches and how to play the mental game as well. It's not like the velocity is not the same [here], but pitchers here have better command here and a better feel for their off-speeds.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's the guy you look to,\" said Binghamton manager Mako Oliveras. \"He's got a good glove and he's going to hit and he's going to hit with power. He just looks like a player.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne thing that hasn't changed in Davis' game is that good glove.
\r\n
\r\nLast season, Davis made just one error in 492 chances at first base—good for a league leading .998 fielding percentage. This season, Davis has committed just six errors between the two levels, and has already turned in several eye-popping plays during his short stint at the Double-A level.
\r\n
\r\n\"[At the different levels] I don't really think your defense changes,\" Davis said. \"If someone hits a groundball, it's up to you to catch it.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs for the rest of the season, Davis is just looking to keep improving.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to keep trying to play at this level and to help the team win,\" Davis closed. \"I just want to be mentally prepared and do not want to give away at-bats, which is always my goal.\"
\r\n
\r\n","mobileBody":" \r\nLess than 15 games into his Double-A career, Ike Davis is showing his first-round pick potential.
\r\n
\r\nThe 22-year-old first baseman made an immediate impact, hitting a walk-off RBI double in his Binghamton debut. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was a good start,\" Davis said. \"It was nice to get a couple of hits and to know that I could hit the ball up here.\"
\r\n
\r\nSince then, Davis has been impressive posting a .273 batting average with four doubles and three homeruns. His .394 OBP is also good for third on the team.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just trying to have good at-bats,\" Davis said. \"I'm trying to have the best concentration for every at-bat—to go in there and have a plan and know what you want to do.
\r\n
\r\nDavis began the year at High-A St. Lucie and showed that he had quickly outgrown the level, batting .288 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven homeruns and 28 RBI in just 59 games.
\r\n
\r\n\"[In St. Lucie] I learned how to hit a fastball,\" Davis said. \"I think that level teaches you how to hit a good fastball on both sides of the plate. Early in the season I wasn't hitting the inside fastball and I think that was the biggest worry for me down there.\"
\r\n
\r\nDavis' strong 2009 campaign comes after a 2008 one that saw many struggles for him.
\r\n
\r\nAlthough he began the last season with a 15-game hitting streak, Davis hit just .256 for short-season Brooklyn, with zero homeruns and just 17 RBI in 58 games.
\r\n
\r\nThe lack of power was unusual for the former Arizona State slugger who hit .385 with 16 homeruns and 76 RBI while posting a .742 slugging percentage in his final collegiate year.
\r\n
\r\n\"Last year was probably the worst I had ever played,\" Davis said. \"I wanted to go into this year and improve something.\"
\r\n
\r\nThat something would be his batting stance.
\r\n
\r\n\"I opened up a little bit and freed my hands up a little more,\" Davis said. \"I'm not so squatted down and my hands are a little higher. I think it gives me a little more whip through the zone so when I do make contact, the ball jumps a little better.\"
\r\n
\r\nDavis is already noticing the difference at the Double-A level.
\r\n
\r\n\"This level teaches you how to really become a good hitter,\" Davis said. \"You learn how to hit off-speed pitches, how to get your pitches and how to play the mental game as well. It's not like the velocity is not the same [here], but pitchers here have better command here and a better feel for their off-speeds.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's the guy you look to,\" said Binghamton manager Mako Oliveras. \"He's got a good glove and he's going to hit and he's going to hit with power. He just looks like a player.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne thing that hasn't changed in Davis' game is that good glove.
\r\n
\r\nLast season, Davis made just one error in 492 chances at first base—good for a league leading .998 fielding percentage. This season, Davis has committed just six errors between the two levels, and has already turned in several eye-popping plays during his short stint at the Double-A level.
\r\n
\r\n\"[At the different levels] I don't really think your defense changes,\" Davis said. \"If someone hits a groundball, it's up to you to catch it.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs for the rest of the season, Davis is just looking to keep improving.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to keep trying to play at this level and to help the team win,\" Davis closed. \"I just want to be mentally prepared and do not want to give away at-bats, which is always my goal.\"
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