Everyone and their brother is taking about Ryan Braun‘s long-awaited return to the baseball field this spring. Although Braun deserves a bulk of attention due to his superstar status, the outfielder is casting a large shadow and it’s not fair to one Milwaukee Brewers player in particular.
While Braun was busy sitting on his couch last summer/fall, Khris Davis was showing up to the ballpark each and every day with a starting spot on his mind. Now, the Brewers have seen what Davis can do and are hoping he will build off his 2013 success this spring.
In fact, Milwaukee’s front office is so confident in the 25-year-old Davis that after just 56 games at the big league level he will serve as the Brewers’ opening day starter this April — barring anything drastic. It’s hard to judge a player off of less than 140 at-bats, and the fact that Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke feels comfortable enough to slot Davis in the starting line-up really says a lot about the up-and-coming left fielder.
Furthermore, Davis is someone that I will definitely have my eye on as MLB‘s regular season nears. In a perfect world, Davis would become a consistent total five-tool player and serve as a Brewers’ mainstay for years to come. However, it’s likely that the inexperienced Davis simply caught lightning in a bottle last year. Thus, 2014 is very much so a make-or-break year for Davis.