Here’s a Thought: Examining Rajai Davis

Posted: 7th October 2009 by Nathaniel Stoltz in MLB
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Now that the season is over, I can stop looking at minor league players in my examinations and focus on some major leaguers. First up is speed demon center fielder Rajai Davis, who seemed to break out this year. Is he for real? Let's take a look. á STATISTICAL EVALUATION Davis spent 2008 hitting .243/.272/.346 between San Francisco and Oakland. He was 27 at the time, and it looked like he would forever be a below-average hitter whose speed (29-for-35 in steals) made him an acceptable backup outfielder. Many A's fans spent April and May 2009 calling for Davis' release as he continued to struggle early, but the A's kept him. Suddenly, in the second half of the year, he caught fire, became the everyday center fielder, and finished the year with a .305/.360/.423 line nobody saw coming. ...

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