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)
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