The Milwaukee Brewers have an emerging star heading into the 2014 season, Khris Davis, but it’s not long before another K. Davis makes an impact for the big league club.
His name is Kentrail Davis, a former first-round pick back in 2009 out of the University of Tennessee who was a supplemental pick gained with the loss of C.C. Sabathia. The 25-year-old stands at just 5-foot-9, but is a stocky 200 pounds and built like a running back. Kentrail is not related to Khris, but the two spent time together as teammates in double-A along with projected Opening Day second baseman, Scooter Gennett.
Davis has been a steady .270 hitter in his four minor league seasons. He has shown some pop in his bat for being a smaller guy, and has drawn comparisons to a left-handed Kirby Puckett. Davis has also averaged over 22 stolen bases per season despite battling hamstring issues. He has the tools to excel at the big league level.
Davis is a NRI (non-roster invitee) to Spring Training alongside prospect Mitch Haniger representing the outfield prospects. The problem for them is that Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis and Logan Schafer are firmly planted atop the depth chart barring injury. Davis does have the versatility and speed to earn himself a bench role if he puts together a great spring, although it’s more likely the Brewers will keep him in triple-A to get him everyday at-bats.
Davis will keep developing and crafting his game to stay prepared for when his name is called on. The talented Davis has been on scouts’ radar since he was putting up ridiculous numbers as an All-American at Tennessee. The Brewers have proven their ability to develop hitters — Braun, Gomez, Gennett, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Jonathon Lucroy and even Corey Hart, who just signed with the Seattle Mariners. It’s clear Davis is in good hands and on the right path.