Prospect Countdown: #29 Blake Davis

Following up on our Top 50 Orioles Prospects List, ITW has a detailed scouting report on #29 Blake Davis

Blake Davis came into the Orioles organization with a stellar reputation as a gloveman and team leader. As the shortstop for the feared Cal State- Fullerton program, he was often asked to perform on a big stage. Despite being thrown into a full season league right away, Davis has quickly carried his clutch label forward, hitting .325/.357/.525 in close and late situations for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

DOB: 12/22/83 Height: 5-11 Weight: 160 B/T: L/R

Blake Davis's age 22 season:

Level AB BA OBP SLG HR SB CS BB/AB K/AB
LoA 199 .271 .329 .377 3 9 2 .08 .14
SAL AVG. -- .255 .331 .376 -- -- -- .10 .22

Offense

Davis has is a shortstop with a slight frame. And he hits like, well, a shortstop with a slight frame. His (relatively) high batting average is no fluke and he could be a ~.280 hitter in the long run. The greater problem is that he has limited power potential, although he does spray the ball to all fields. Davis tends to work deeper into counts against fellow southpaws, but that is more a reflection of his inability to recognize pitches that break away from him. His short swing is more effective against right-handers, where he attacks them early in the count. His offensive ceiling is going to be very dependent on his batting average and he'll likely have to push .300 to escape Brandon Fahey-dom. < p>

Defense

Despite making 17 errors in only 50 games at shortstop, Davis is a fairly polished defender. It's a safe bet that his fielding percentage will better reflect his defensive reputation in his full season debut. Davis also has exceptional range and enough arm that he will have no problem sticking at shortstop while moving up the organizational ladder. He has also displayed considerable leadership skills on the field. One person within the organization relayed that Davis is the type of player that wants the ball hit to him in critical moments.

Outlook

Blake Davis will open 2007 as the everyday shortstop for the Frederick Keys. Escaping the Sally League should help his overall numbers and there is no one blocking him if he is able to advance quickly like some observers hope. Next season will go a long way towards determining if Davis has a future as anything more than a backup at the highest level.

Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com


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