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  • J.D. Davis - Acquired In Five Player Trade with Houston

    Mets Acquire J.D. Davis


    by CONNOR BYRNE
    6 Jan 2019 at 12:20 PM CDT

    The Mets and Astros have swung a five-player trade centering on corner infielder/outfielder J.D. Davis, according to both teams. New York has acquired Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek in exchange for three minor leaguers – second baseman Luis Santana, outfielder Ross Adolph and catcher Scott Manea.

    Click image for larger version  Name:	USATSI_10991948-768x914.jpg Views:	1 Size:	55.5 KB ID:	5337A third-round pick of the Astros in 2014, Davis ranked among the team’s top-15 prospects at Baseball America through the 2017 campaign. Davis has shown plenty of promise by raking in the minors, particularly at the Triple-A level, where he debuted in 2017 and has slashed .335/.400/.589 with 22 home runs in 450 plate appearances. He has also picked up experience at all four corner positions at Triple-A, though most of his professional work has come at third base.

    While Davis held his own in Houston’s system, he wasn’t much of a factor in the majors for the club. The right-handed batter performed decently across 68 PAs in 2017, the year the Astros won the World Series, but was ineffective across 113 trips last season. Thus far, Davis is just a .194/.260/.321 hitter with five homers in 181 major league PAs. Thanks in part to Davis’ big league struggles, not to mention the Astros’ collection of talent at the corners, they deemed him expendable.

    In New York, the soon-to-be 26-year-old Davis will provide depth behind third baseman Todd Frazier, whichever first baseman the Mets choose (be it Peter Alonso, Dominic Smith or Jeff McNeil) and corner outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto. With two minor league options remaining, the Mets won’t be under pressure to place Davis on their Opening Day roster. Bohanek, meanwhile, will surely start in the Mets’ minor league system, as the 23-year-old has totaled just 43 PAs above the High-A level since the Astros chose him in the 30th round of the 2017 draft.

    Of the players going to Houston, only Santana, 19, ranked among New York’s top 30 prospects at MLB.com. The 5-foot-8 Santana placed 24th, with the outlet lauding his “very advanced approach at the plate” and his makeup. Santana was dominant last season in rookie ball, where he hit .348/.446/.471 with more walks (27) than strikeouts (23) over 242 PAs. He’s a “shrewd” addition for the Astros, Keith Law of ESPN observes.

    Adolph, 22, joined the Mets in the 12th round of last summer’s draft. He then proceeded to slash .276/.348/.509 with seven homers and 14 steals in 264 PAs at the Low-A level. The 23-year-old Manea had been with the Mets since they grabbed him in the 40th round of the 2014 draft. He hasn’t yet gotten past Single-A, though Astros president Jeff Luhnow said Sunday (via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle) that the team believes Manea “can move pretty quickly and has a chance to be a big league catcher.”

    Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports first reported the Mets were close to acquiring Davis. Andy Martino of SNY tweeted the Mets would get Davis and that the Astros would receive minor leaguers in the swap. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  • #2
    Another move I really like. Gives us an internal option at 3B in 2020 besides Jeff McNeil. Maybe they'll platoon.

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    • #3
      Seth Lugo was involved in the Astros talks. Glad to see we kept him.

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      • #4
        If this is BVWs replacement for Wilmer Flores....he did well!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jeffmetsfan View Post
          If this is BVWs replacement for Wilmer Flores....he did well!
          I don't know about that. Wilmer has proven that he can hit at the major league level, Davis has not.

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          • #6
            The Astros brought JD up 3 times last season as well as a Aug. call up in 2017 when he hit .226/.279/.484/.763 in 24 G, 14 GS and sat 28 G . Good power but 29+% strikeouts.

            The Astros still had options on Davis, but after last season, my guess would be that he was tying up a spot on the 40 man and while he was killing it at AAA he was totally lost at the plate. In total he spent 66 games with the Stros, appeared in 42 and started 23. At 25 with 6 yrs. of control, here's hoping he isn't one of those very common AAAA types.

            Plawecki was an expendable backup C with no bat and avg. defensive skills...with only Stassi the only remaining C from 2018 Plawecki will play. Still like the trade, low risk and major potential for a big win.

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            • #7
              If Davis hits somewhere near his AAA numbers, it's a great trade for us. What worries me is that he played his home games in Fresno, so how much of those gaudy offensive numbers were Pacific League driven.

              We'll find out.

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              • #8
                Talked to several Astros fan co-workers regarding Davis. Their take (not mine, I have no prior knowledge of him)…

                Very good hitter with pop, not too fast, very good arm. Definitely a corner guy only. Felt that a bit of his less than stellar showing in MLB may be attributed to going up & down as a call-up. Not a star, but they thought he should be better than he had demonstrated so far.

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                • saxon
                  saxon commented
                  Editing a comment
                  plus with the Astros being a championship caliber team, his opportunities were probably very limited at the MLB level...

                  Mike Schmidt's first 2 partial seasons in the majors:
                  .196
                  151 strikeouts in 483 Plate Appearances;
                  (Minor League OPS: .853);

                  Davis's first 2 partial seasons in the majors:
                  .194;
                  49 strikeouts in 181 Plate Appearances;
                  (minor league OPS: .884);

                  181 MLB Plate Appearances on a top rated team is hardly time to write off a guy as being a AAAA player

              • #9
                I don't know if it's been mentioned but...

                Davis has also pitched in 3 games at the MLB level (no idea about the minors/college/HS/LL).
                He has faced 11 batters:
                4 strikeouts;
                1 walk;
                1 HR;
                1 single;

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by saxon View Post
                  I don't know if it's been mentioned but...

                  Davis has also pitched in 3 games at the MLB level (no idea about the minors/college/HS/LL).
                  He has faced 11 batters:
                  4 strikeouts;
                  1 walk;
                  1 HR;
                  1 single;
                  upon further review, Davis pitched for 3 seasons in NCAA for Cal State Fullerton,
                  66 innings, 2.98 ERA; 1.25 WHIP; 48 strikeouts; 14 walks; 4 HRs allowed...he was a starter as a Freshman, and a reliever as a Sophomore/Junior, he had much better stats in his last 2 season.
                  He also pitched 2 summers in summer leagues (cape cod league, northwoods league)



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                  • #11
                    So he CAN be a 2-way player. He can leave 3b during the inning to pitch to a few batter and then go right back to 3b. HA

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                    • jeffmetsfan
                      jeffmetsfan commented
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                      I'd love to know when the last time something like that happened in a major league game. Where a position player vacates his position to pitch and then returns to his position.

                    • NY FANG
                      NY FANG commented
                      Editing a comment
                      prob as recently as last year if I had to guess. Position player asked to mop up an inning or two in a blow out, and then went back to his position after.

                    • saxon
                      saxon commented
                      Editing a comment
                      do you count Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell, when they alternated between pitching, Left and Right with Rusty Staub?
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