Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blake Davis and the old right under your nose trick

The Orioles designated Blake Davis for Assignment earlier in the week, placing him on waivers where any team in the league could claim him. No one did, so the Orioles were able to send him to Triple-A. This is curious, both that the Orioles risked this, and that no one claimed him. In the majors, he played 2nd, Short, and 3rd, and in the minors played all three of those positions, and every outfield position (he struggled with errors early on with his minor league career, with 41 in his first two years, but has since cut down on the errors). In 64 Major League plate appearances this year, he had a mediocre average (254) and OBP (323) and a decent OPS (713). In the minors, his numbers are a bit strange, he had a batting average of .280, but the same OBP. He was actually better at working walks in the Majors. He is already 27 and his WAR was in the negative (-.3, but that was because of a -.4 defensive WAR. He was slightly positive on offense) and he hasn't shown much power (only 19 minor league home runs), but he seems to be an improving developing player that can play anywhere on the field, hit a little bit, and steal an occasional base. Surely some team could have used this guy (I am talking about you Giants, Mariners, and Astros)

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