Puckett’s Pond Minnesota Twins Top 20 Prospects: 11-15
13. Jaylin Davis, OF, 23 years old
A late round flyer that’s made good, Davis was selected in the 24th round of the 2015 draft from Appalachian State. He was a top 10 round talent, but he had torn his labrum in his shoulder making a dive after a ball in his draft season, ending his year and plummeting his draft stock.
The Twins have been patient with Davis, allowing him to ease into action with advanced rookie Elizabethton for a dozen games before bumping up to low-A Cedar Rapids. Davis played about half of the games in the outfield, spending the rest of the time at DH. Overall, he hit .255/.341/.523 with 14 doubles and 16 home runs, posting a 9.3% walk rate and a 32.2% strikeout rate.
Davis opened 2017 with Cedar Rapids and was crushing the ball before being bumped up to high-A Fort Myers in the Florida State League. His overall line on the year is .258/.307/.459 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs, and 9 stolen bases. His patience at the plate has taken a step backward, however, as he walked 5.6% of the time and struck out 29.1%.
Davis is a very impressive athlete on the field, with the ability to cover ground at full speed well enough that he could pass in center field, but he plays a very good defensive right field due to his range. Davis’ plus throwing arm has also come back at full health, and he’s showing it off this year, with 14 outfield assists this year.
Davis does take a big swing, and his strikeout rate is something to monitor as he moves toward the big leagues, but his level of athleticism and raw power is tough to compare to within the system.