Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers – #57 Khris Davis

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Happy end of football!

We’re 57 days away from Opening Day and that league with the pads, facemasks, kickers, and quarterbacks has its championship game today. Yeah, just one game. No series to force a team to prove its overall superiority. Just one game.

But finally we’re almost able to move on as a country to the beautiful game of bats, caps, hitters, pitchers.

Enough on that, because I could go on for a while with the reasons that baseball is the better sport.

Today, Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers reaches #57.

57 has been worn in major league games for a run of seven seasons. From Joe Winklesas to Mitch Stetter to Francisco Rodriguez the last year and a half, it’s a number we’re used to seeing at Miller Park. Today’s profile subject certainly hopes that the trend continues. Today we take a quick look at…

Khris Davis.

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Khristoper Adrian Davis is a 25-year-old outfielder who was drafted by the Brewers in 7th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State Fullerton. He was also drafted out of high school by the Washington Nationals (2006, 29th round) but obviously opted to attend college instead.

He’s been steadily climbing through the organization, reaching Class-AAA Nashville in 2012. He’s hit for average all along the way (with the exception of his 2011 time in Double-A Huntsville)  and 2012 was no different as he posted a combined .350/.451/.604 between Huntsville, Nashville, and short rehab assignment with the rookie league Arizona team.

Davis has never had prodigious power but did reach 15 home runs last season. Then again, not much can realistically be expected in that realm from his 6’0″, 195 pound frame. He is certainly making the most of his hit tool to this point, by which he’ll make the big leagues should he do so. He profiles as a corner outfielder defensively but might not hit “enough” for the traditional line of thinking. Working in his favor a little bit though is the success that he Brewers found in 2012 with Norichika Aoki in right field following the injury to Mat Gamel and subsequent shift to first base by Corey Hart. What Davis doesn’t have that Aoki does though is the running game. Davis stole only four bases in all of 2012, getting caught three times.

Still, Davis is proving to be a reliable contributor at the dish and that’s always something that can be useful. Perhaps Davis’ future is as a reserve outfielder with Milwaukee but a full turn at Nashville in 2013 will help the decision-makers do what they do. They already decided to add him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule V Draft a couple of months ago. Now his future in the organization will certainly garner increased scrutiny and attention. 40-man roster spots are a valuable commodity and it isn’t enough to earn one once. You have to continue to prove that you deserve to keep it.

The time to turn heads farther and open eyes wider for Davis officially starts in about two weeks. There are opportunities with Milwaukee and though the outfield is as deep as its been in a while at the upper levels of the organization, there can be a spot for Davis.

He just has to continue to prove that he deserves it.

You can follow Khris Davis on Twitter: @EL_Indio4224

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