Originally written on The GM's Perspective  |  Last updated 11/8/14
In early March I interviewed Tony Davis, only a few months after he was signed to a minor league contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. The signing of a left-handed specialist doesn’t get much press in the grand scheme of things, but these are the type of transactions that every team needs to make to become successful. Drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of Florida by the Minnesota Twins, Davis is no stranger to the minor league’s appearing in over 110 games. He made it up to Double-A with the Twins in 2012, but suffered a setback that resulted in a stint with the Independent Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.  A stellar season in Canada caught the eye of the Toronto Blue Jays, and they offered him a minor league deal. Davis, who said he is honoured to wear the Blue Jays uniform, will give it his all, no doubt about it.  Now that spring training is done, I followed up on his progress in Dunedin, and not surprising, Davis is again doing what he does best; getting people out.  Still early in the season, Davis is tied for second on the team in appearances with three, sports a 2.25 ERA and has struck out eight and walked only one. Opponents are batting a collective .200 off him and lefties are hitting a paltry .167.  If Davis can sustain, there is no telling where he could end up at the end of season. Coming from the left side is a hot commodity in this game and when a team has one that is consistent there’s no telling how much success is waiting for him.  Take Aaron Loup for example. Loup spent four years in the Jays’ minor league system before getting called up last year. And without a doubt, he’s made his presence felt. Lefty’s are hitting .215 off him while walking two and striking out eleven in 35 games.  If Davis continues to improve hopefully we will see him in the Toronto one day. Could you imagine two lefties who drop down from the side to mow down the opposition? Talk about a devastating combination.  (Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference and MiLB) Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Browns agree to three-year deal with Josh McCown

Peterson releases statement, no mention of the Vikings

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns

Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

Report: Phil Jackson to be fined for comments on college player

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner wearing team hat

WATCH: Dress debate threatens to derail Brooklyn Nets’ season

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins feud comes to a head(lock)

MLS must get labor deal done before embarking on new TV era

NASCAR driver's car stolen from hotel parking lot

WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

Rex Ryan has truck with Buffalo Bills paint scheme

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.