Even though the Baltimore Orioles‘ first Spring Training game is fast approaching, they are still looking to acquire another hitter. Recent reports indicate that the Orioles are interested in signing top free agents in Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales, and they remain intrigued by New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis. While Davis struggled mightily for the Mets in 2013, he is a great buy-low candidate for the Orioles.
Davis has always had a reputation as a highly-talented player. He was drafted by the Mets in the first round in 2008, and he was rated the 62nd-best prospect by Baseball America in 2010. With excellent minor league statistics, Davis quickly worked his way to the major leagues. After he excelled during his rookie season, Mets fans had high hopes for Davis. However, he has failed to produce consistent results since then.
Davis is coming off a disastrous 2013 season, and he was demoted during the middle of the year. Overall, he hit just .205 with only nine home runs in 317 at-bats. He also had a dreadful slump in the beginning of 2012, but he was able to salvage the season due to a strong second half.
After his demotion last season, Davis showed some positive signs at the plate. He looked more comfortable in the batter’s box and it showed in his numbers. He hit .267 with a .429 OBP and a .872 OPS when he returned. If he can carry over some of the momentum he gained at the end of last season, he may be in line for a huge bounce-back season.
If the Orioles can land Davis without giving up a top prospect, it will be an excellent move. While he is a high risk to produce because of his inconsistent past, he could also become a dangerous hitter for the Orioles. He has tremendous raw power, and he has already hit over 30 home runs in a season. A change in scenery and a few adjustments might be enough to turn his career around.