Davis knocking on the door

OKLAHOMA CITY - Although Chris Davis is just 22 years old, he has improved on his offensive statistics at each of his four minor league stops over the last three seasons. Lone Star Dugout recently chatted with Davis about his hot start with the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks.

First baseman Chris Davis has had his share of critics at every level, but he has continued to prove himself – at every level.

At just 22-years-old and in his second full season of professional baseball, Davis has already shown to be one of the best power-hitting prospects in all of baseball.

After batting .297 with 36 home runs and 118 RBI in 129 games between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco in 2007, Davis is doing himself one better.

The slugger has played in 77 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma this season. He has batted .333 [at both levels] and combined for 23 home runs and 73 RBI. He has 10 home runs in 31 games with the RedHawks.

Because the Rangers have had sort of a revolving door at first base this season, it seems to be only a matter of time before Davis gets his next -- and final -- promotion.

Lone Star Dugout caught up with Davis after a recent RedHawks game to discuss his hot start in Triple-A and the odds of a promotion to the big leagues, among other things.

Jason Cole: How do you feel about your performance since getting promoted to Triple-A?

Chris Davis: I've had some success. I started off kind of rough. It took me a few games to get adjusted, but I found my groove and I'm pretty pleased with the way I have been playing lately. I don't think I could ask for much more. I'm seeing the ball well, I feel real good at the plate, I feel good at first, and I'm just happy to be here.

Cole: You mentioned that it took you a few games to get adjusted. What kind of adjustment did you have to make to get into a groove?

Davis: I was just trying to do too much – really getting myself out by swinging at some bad pitches. I wasn't having very good at-bats. There were some at-bats that I would go up there and see two or three pitches. I just really wasn't giving myself a chance. I kind of went back to some drills that I was doing last year when I was going well. I got my head on my shoulders straight and started being more aware of what I was doing at the plate instead of just going up there and swinging.

Cole: What exactly did you have to do? Were you trying to see more pitches up there?

Davis: I think it is just being a little bit more relaxed and not trying to do too much. And picking a spot where I can handle a pitch and looking for that pitch instead of trying to hit all the pitches at the same time. I think as a hitter, guys up here, they have got good stuff and they know how to pitch. If you go up there and try to hit every pitch that they throw up there, you're going to get yourself out a lot. You have got to pick your spots, be patient, and wait for your pitch.

Cole: You haven't been in the PCL for long, but there's no doubt that you have already built up quite a reputation. As that reputation has gotten around, have you noticed teams pitching you a little more carefully?

Davis: I think the guys are kind of keeping the same approach against me. I'm taking a lot more walks, trying to see the ball. If they give me something to hit, I'm going to hit it. If not, then I'm going to take my walk. There's nothing wrong with that. But like I said, these guys are good. They're going to come after you. They don't care who you are and they don't care what you're hitting. They're going to try and get you out. That's their job. They have done a good job around the league of going about it and there are some quality arms in this league.

Cole: You had a triple tonight. Can you take me through that at-bat?

Davis: It was first pitch swinging, fastball away. I was a little late, kind of a little rusty. I saw the next pitch down and away and he left out over the plate and I was able to hit it into the gap. It kind of rolled around out there for awhile. It's not like I have got a lot of speed. I was able to turn second and get into third. It's a good feeling to get that triple every now and then.

Cole: I saw you hit a triple in spring training as well, but I know you don't get too many of those.

Davis: That's not really something I'm known for. I don't hit a lot of triples. I try to pride myself in being a good baserunner. But at the same time, I'm not going to blow anybody away with my speed and I know when to shut it down.

Cole: Your triple was to the opposite field and you added a single to left later in the game. Is that something you're trying to do? Are you looking to go the other way at times?

Davis: It's one of those things where you are looking for a pitch in a certain location and you don't try to do too much with it. These guys are going to go away and then they're going to try and get you in too. Like I said, you just kind of have to pick your spots. If they leave something over the plate, then there is nothing wrong with going opposite field. Obviously you don't want to try to hook that. You just want to try and stay through the ball and hit it where it's pitched.

Cole: Have the Rangers indicated to you what their plans are for you for the rest of the season?

Davis: We've talked a little bit here and there, but nothing has really been set. I think these guys just want to get me acclimated to at first base and see as much pitching as I can. They want me to get comfortable and hopefully keep putting up numbers. I'll leave the decision making up to them. They have done a great job putting a team together thus far. We've got some great guys coming up and we've got some good guys up there. Hopefully we will be able to put all the pieces together pretty soon.

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