Davis Already Showing Improvement

DUNEDIN, FL - The Blue Jays signed D.J. Davis, their first round pick back in June. The seemingly shy and laid back 19-year old is fresh out of high school and new to pro ball, but that has not affected his performance on the field. Coaches are pleased with Davis's performance thus far and are excited to have him as part of the team.

"He's a very exciting young player, obviously a first round pick and we think he's got a chance to be a good Major League player," hitting coach John Schneider said. "For a guy that hasn't played much he has improved tremendously since he has gotten here. The biggest thing for him now is getting used to playing everyday."

So far, the biggest adjustment for Davis has been the six days a week game schedule compared to his two to three games a week schedule in high school. He admits that it has taken some getting used to but that he is working very hard to stay consistent.

"It took a little bit for him to get used to hitting and throwing everyday, but he is a good player with a lot of potential and he's working it out," Schneider said. "We're having him play centerfield and he can probably play all outfield positions."

Davis knows that his continued success will not come without hard work and dedication, and even though he feels he is adapting well in his first season with the Blue Jays, he reminds himself that he has a lot to work on before he can make it to the big leagues.

"I've been getting better each day and working hard," Davis said. "I have been working on my fielding, my throwing and base stealing, which I have gotten better at.

"I felt nervous at first, but after my first game I was good. I know that I need to work on a little bit of everything to improve in all aspects of my game."

"He is working everyday on his defense, throwing and trying to build up some arm strength, Schneider said. "A big thing with him is that he is a very fast runner, so speed is a big part of his game and he is working on base stealing, getting good jumps and reading pitchers, and he has come a long way in a short period of time."

The 6-foot, 175 pound outfielder is doing very well for his age and lack of professional experience, but only time will tell what the rest of the season has in store for him.

His speed has definitely been an advantage for him and coaches are hopeful that they can build on that. As for Davis, despite his shy demeanor, he is showing great confidence towards his game and his future.

"We are looking for him to do some good things and bring speed to the top of the lineup, Schneider said. "His bat is developing and I think that he will develop power down the road. He's a good one and he's going to be good."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He's a very exciting young player, obviously a first round pick and we think he's got a chance to be a good Major League player,\" hitting coach John Schneider said. \"For a guy that hasn't played much he has improved tremendously since he has gotten here. The biggest thing for him now is getting used to playing everyday.\"
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\r\nSo far, the biggest adjustment for Davis has been the six days a week game schedule compared to his two to three games a week schedule in high school. He admits that it has taken some getting used to but that he is working very hard to stay consistent.
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\r\n\"It took a little bit for him to get used to hitting and throwing everyday, but he is a good player with a lot of potential and he's working it out,\" Schneider said. \"We're having him play centerfield and he can probably play all outfield positions.\"
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\r\nDavis knows that his continued success will not come without hard work and dedication, and even though he feels he is adapting well in his first season with the Blue Jays, he reminds himself that he has a lot to work on before he can make it to the big leagues.
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\r\n\"I've been getting better each day and working hard,\" Davis said. \"I have been working on my fielding, my throwing and base stealing, which I have gotten better at.
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\r\n\"I felt nervous at first, but after my first game I was good. I know that I need to work on a little bit of everything to improve in all aspects of my game.\"
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\r\n\"He is working everyday on his defense, throwing and trying to build up some arm strength, Schneider said. \"A big thing with him is that he is a very fast runner, so speed is a big part of his game and he is working on base stealing, getting good jumps and reading pitchers, and he has come a long way in a short period of time.\"
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\r\nThe 6-foot, 175 pound outfielder is doing very well for his age and lack of professional experience, but only time will tell what the rest of the season has in store for him.
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\r\nHis speed has definitely been an advantage for him and coaches are hopeful that they can build on that. As for Davis, despite his shy demeanor, he is showing great confidence towards his game and his future.
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\r\n\"We are looking for him to do some good things and bring speed to the top of the lineup, Schneider said. \"His bat is developing and I think that he will develop power down the road. He's a good one and he's going to be good.\"
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