OF Jaylin Davis
Jaylin Davis fell to the Twins in the 24th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. This is a good case of an unfortunate situation for a player turning into a potential lottery win for the club. Davis truly had the talent to be considered much higher in the draft, somewhere in the range of the 3rd to 5th round. Instead, Davis had an untimely shoulder injury in his draft year causing him to plummet to the Twins pick in the 24th round.
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After working back from injury, Davis made his professional debut in 2016 with the Elizabethton Twins. In 2017, Davis split his time up between low-A Cedar Rapids and high-A Fort Meyers. Spending time in all three outfield spots defensively as well as some as the designated hitter, Davis slashed .253/.303/.416, 15 home runs, and 21 doubles.
Davis’ strikeout rate sits at 31.2% for his career causing a little cause for concern about his ability to judge pitches and make contact. At the same time, he should remain built well to continue as an outfielder and be a decent baserunner as well.
In Puckett’s Pond writer Benjamin Chase’s scouting report of Davis posted this past summer, he chose Carl Everett as a potential player comp for Davis. As Chase highlights, if Davis can match some of Everett’s career totals including a career year in 2000 of .300/.373/587, 34 home runs, and 11 stolen bases. That is very Thielen type value for Davis.