When Khris Davis was coming up through the Milwaukee Brewers organization, he continued to improve each season. Though he put together a .288 career batting average in the minor leagues and slugged 69 home runs while having an .898 career OPS, no one noticed. He was left off all of the top prospect lists and wasn’t even viewed as a top Brewers prospect.
But through it all Davis has proven that he can flat out hit. Often a target of abuse, Davis has slugged 33 home runs while putting together nearly an .800 OPS. Batting in the bottom third of the lineup, the Brewers’ have the most underrated bat in all of baseball, who is set to breakout even more in 2015.
Off to a great start already this spring, Davis has sizzled at the plate. Through his first 14 games, Davis has a .389 batting average and while he has only homered once so far, he six doubles and an excellent 1.089 OPS.
He doesn’t have a strong throwing arm in the outfield, but he more than makes up for it with his bat. This spring there have been rumors that he may be mixed into a platoon with Gerardo Parra, but that simply cannot happen. Late in games he may be a candidate to be taken out for defensive purposes, but the Brewers cannot afford to take the run-producing Davis out of the everyday lineup in favor of Parra on a regular basis.
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While Davis did struggle a bit early on last season and down the stretch, this year will be a season where his numbers will grow even more. After hitting into an unfair number of line drive outs in 2014, Davis should see plenty more of his drives find green this season. He will also have the pressure off from day one, after having a full year of starting under his belt and not having to prove himself any longer. If he return to the patient hitter he was in 2013, there is no telling how high his numbers could grow, especially hitting in the bottom third in the lineup, where he should see plenty of fastballs.
Since post all-star break of 2013, Davis has been one of the games best sluggers yet he has gotten zero credit. While he has already put together great numbers, I expect Davis to see career highs this season and finally garner the attention that he deserves. He has flown under the radar for his first two seasons, but after 2015 Davis will no longer be a secret around the league.