This offseason, New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen went out and put an emphasis on adding depth. A day after acquiring outfielder Keon Broxton from the Brewers, Van Wagenen sent a trio of minor leaguers to the Houston Astros for infielder J.D. Davis.
While neither of these acquisitions is the flashy big name Mets fans were hoping for, Davis is certainly an interesting pick-up.
A 2014 third round pick out of California State University Fullerton, Davis is still just 25-years old. Throughout his minor league career he has posted some stellar numbers, and last season was no different. In 85 games with Triple-A Fresno, he hit .342/.406/.583 with 25 doubles and 17 home runs in 85 games.
However, in a crowded and talented Houston Astros infield, Davis never received a legit opportunity to show off his abilities in the majors. Over the past two seasons, Davis has appeared in a combined 66 games at the big league level, and has posted a slash line of .194/.260/.321 with six doubles and five home runs.
But now that he has been shipped off to Flushing, Davis told Tim Healy of Newsday that he is hoping to receive the opportunity to show everybody just what he can do at the big league level.
“New organization, new faces, new opportunity over here. Hopefully get way more at-bats and more opportunities over here and not only get my feet wet, but really jump in and show everybody what I could do,” Davis told Healey.
Though he has some minor league options left, Davis will certainly have a chance during camp to play his way into a bench role or starting spot on the Opening Day roster. According to Healey, the Mets will be focusing on using Davis as an outfielder, particularly in right due to his strong throwing arm.
And speaking of his strong throwing arm, despite reports otherwise Healey says the Mets are not seriously pursuing Davis, a former closer in college, as a two-way player. Although Davis did tell Healey that he certainly wouldn’t be against having another tool at his disposal.
“That’s a good rumor. I don’t know, two, five, 10 innings on the year? I have no idea. I’m not going to be itching to get on the mound or show anybody what I can do, but if they need me to throw a bullpen or throw on flat ground, sure, I’m not against it. Just one more little tool around my belt.”
Davis certainly appears to be a piece that could be of value to the Mets not just in 2019, but also down the road. We’ll see soon enough if the kid will take advantage of this new opportunity in front of him in the Big Apple.