Can Ike Davis Ever Be An Elite First Baseman?

By dannarferrara

Ike Davis was called up on April 19, 2010 by the New York Mets. In his rookie season, Davis hit .264 with 19 HR and 71 RBI in 147 games and finished 7th in the Rookie of the Year voting. While Davis is very talented, most Mets fans are wondering whether or not he can ever be an elite first baseman in the major leagues.

Davis immediately dazzled the fans with his power and surprising fielding. In his first month in the big leagues, Davis caught numerous pop-ups while flipping over the first base railing and falling into the dugout. It was this hustle and relentlessness that made him a popular player with the fans in a very short amount of time. 

While the talent is obviously there for the young Davis, everyone still wonders just how good he can be. 

ESPN projects Davis to hit .272 with 22 HR and 75 RBI – ranking him as the 25th best first baseman in the major leagues. Yahoo! ranks Davis as the 7th best first baseman in the National League.

Everyone seems to be at odds as to how good Ike Davis can be. I think he will have a good season this year and be great at some point in the future. He is a good fielder, with a .993 fielding percentage as a rookie. He also hit 19 HR in his first season, very impressive, with 8 of them coming in Citi Field, a notorious pitchers’ ballpark. 

The New York Mets’ organization is hoping that Ike Davis takes some strides forward this season and produces even more since he is a key part of their lineup. Davis will wind up hitting anywhere from 4th-6th in the order, depending on how Terry Collins decides to work things. Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, and David Wright will also be in the middle of the order along with Davis. We will see how everything plays out this season, but there is no reason to believe that Davis will not be great one day- he has all the tools to become successful. 

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