Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Khris Davis has been fantastic this spring, as he has put together quite the performance. However, will it be enough to convince manager Ron Roenicke that he deserves one of the 25 spots on the Opening Day roster?
In 33 at-bats during Spring Training, Davis has posted a .364 batting average with five home runs, 13 RBI, one double and two walks in 15 games. Against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday afternoon, he went 3-for-3 with two monster home runs and five RBI.
Davis has outperformed every single player on the Brewers and is really making Roenicke’s job very difficult. The problem Milwaukee is facing is that Davis plays left field, the same position slugger Ryan Braun occupies. The reason Davis has been able to play so much during Spring Training is because Braun was competing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
The Brewers already know who their starting outfielders are going to be in 2013, while Logan Schafer has been projected to be the reserve. Even though Schafer is also playing well this spring, his numbers do not compare to that of Davis’. That alone could be the reason why Roenicke decides to go with Davis over Schafer when it comes down to it.
Davis has never appeared in a regular season Major League Baseball game. In 2012, the 25-year-old flew up the Minor League ranks where he ended the year in Triple-A. In three levels in the minors, he posted a .350 batting average with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 260 at-bats.
I personally believe Davis has earned the right to be on the 25-man roster, but the Brewers might start him out in Triple-A at the beginning of the 2013 season just so he can get some consistent playing time. The last thing Milwaukee wants to do is allow Davis to lose that sweet swing because they were impatient.