Davis and McGee have teamed up to form the top 1-2 pitching duo in the Florida State League. Davis, who has twice been named the Florida State League pitcher of the week already this season, is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 11 starts. His best performance of the year came on May 4 against Jupiter when the 6'5 right-hander worked seven no-hit innings and had six strikeouts in his first win of the year. Last season, Davis was also a mid-season All Star, in the Midwest League, for Southwest Michigan. He finished 2006 7-12 with a 3.02 ERA in 27 starts.
McGee is off to an even better start than Davis. In 11 starts, the 6'3 left-hander is 4-1 with 1.97 ERA. He has given up only 41 hits in 59.1 innings and Florida State League hitters are batting just .190 against him. Like Davis, McGee was also selected as an All Star in the Midwest League in 2006, earning mid-season and post-season honors. Check the video below to watch McGee in action.
De La Cruz, Vero Beach's closer, is also having a solid campaign, although his success is often overshadowed by Davis and McGee. In 20 appearances, he is 3-2 in with a 2.59 ERA and leads the team with six saves. The Dominican native has 26 strikeouts in 24.1 innings even though opponents are batting .250 against him.
Hughes is off to the best start of his professional career in 2007. The first base prospect, who is leading Vero Beach in all of the Triple Crown categories, has a.331 batting average, six home runs, and 31 RBIs in 47 games as the Devil Rays' cleanup batter. He is also leading Vero Beach with 57 hits and 11 doubles. Lopez, who is regarded by Scout.com as one of the top catching prospects in the entire organization, is batting .295 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. He has also played outstanding defense on a nightly basis to establish himself as one of the top defensive catchers in the Florida State League.
Vero Beach is currently 25-28, 7 ½ games back of Brevard County for first place in the Eastern division of the Florida State League. Friday nights' game against the St. Lucie Mets was postponed due to rain.