While Spring Training performances do not always translate into regular season results, it is hard to ignore Chris Davis’ torrid spring. Davis is locked in at the plate, and he is consistently making solid contact. He has eight hits in 17 at bats with two home runs and seven RBI in 15 at bats this spring.
Davis is coming off a tremendous season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. He emerged as one of the top power hitters in the game, and he had one of the best statistical seasons in the majors. Davis batted .286 with a 1.006 OPS, and he hit 53 home runs and 138 RBI. His home run and RBI totals were the most in the entire league.
When the Orioles acquired Davis, he was considered a bust by many fans and analysts. While he was a highly touted prospect for the Texas Rangers, he struggled offensively and was demoted several times. At the trading deadline in 2011, the Orioles bought low on the then 25-year-old slugger, and the trade could not have worked out better for them. With Davis’ evolution into an elite player, the trade is easily one of the best in baseball over the past few seasons.
While it’s unrealistic to expect David to duplicate his numbers from last season, he should be a lock to hit more than 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs. It is encouraging to see him show positive signs at the plate this spring, and he appears poised to have another MVP caliber season. Orioles fans should expect another standout year for their star first baseman.