Apr 26, 2020

J.D. Davis: Mets Third Baseman & Outfielder (2019-2020)

Jonathan Gregory Davis was born April 27th 1993 in Elk Grove, California. The six foot, three right handed hitter can play third & first base as well as outfield. He was drafted by the Houston Astros  as a fifth round pick in 2011 out of Cal Fullerton State University. There he played from 2012 - 2014 & was also used as a pitcher.

Davis was an impressive hitter in his minor league career, after blowing through the low levels of the minors he hit 26 HRs with 101 RBIs & batted .289 in 2015 at A ball Lancaster in the Advanced California League. 

The next year he hit 23 HRs with 81 RBIs at AA Corpus Christi. After a great start in 2017 he was pushed up to AAA Fresno, where he hit 5 HRs with 18 RBIs in just 16 games.

He was called up by the Astros on August 5th, 2017 making his debut in a 4-3 loss to Toronto. On August 24th, he hit his first career HR & hit another the next day, helping the Astros to a 2-1 win over the L.A. Angels. 

On September 2nd, he had two hits against the New York Mets, including another HR. He drove in runs in both ends of that days double header sweep for Houston. In 25 games he hit 4 HRs with 7 RBIs but batted just .226. He made the post season roster but did not play as the Astros went on to win their first championship.

He started out 2018 with the Astros but after a poor April was sent back to AAA Fresno. Davis would be up & down all season, never making a big impact the big league level. On May 25th, he hit a three run HR, helping Houston beat the AL New York team 5-1. In 42 games he hit just the one HR & drove in just 5 runs while batting a weak .175.

Meanwhile in AAA Fresno he hit .342 with 17 HRs & 81 RBIs in 85 games. There wasn't much room for Davis on a talented & deep Astros club. In the 2018-2019 off season he caught the attention of new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He got Davis in a trade for three quality minor leaguers.

Quotes- Brodie Van Wagenen: " JD is aa versatile offensive talent. He's young, had success vs lefties & he'll provide depth at the corner positions.

In Spring Training 2019 with New York, he batted .309 with 2 HRs & 9 RBIs.

Mets Career- 2019: With injuries to the Mets Todd Frazier & Jed Lowrie, Davis got to see some good playing time early. He would make the best of his chances & become a vital part of the 2019 Mets.

In the second game of the season, he drove in two runs in the Mets 11-8 win over the Nationals, plating what was the game winning run.

On April 6th he had a great day, hitting two HRs for the first time in his career, while having his first career three hit game as well.

 Davis drove in a pair of runs, helping the Mets in a 6-5 win, again over the Nats but this one at home. On April 14th, he hit  his third Mets HR and began a personal five game hit streak, with two multi hit games. By the end of April he was batting .321 with 3 HRs & 8 RBIs.

On May 10th he had a three hit day in an 11-2 Mets win over the Marlins. On May 21st, he hit a 7th inning three run HR off the Nats, Wander Suero to put the Mets ahead. They would give up the lead but win it on Amed Rosario's walk off single. 

In June 15th, he had a big four hit day in an 8-7 Mets win over the Cards in St. Louis. In the game he hit his 8th HR & scored three runs. In July during the subway series, Davis' hit an 8th inning two run HR, off Adam Ottavino. The HR put the Mets ahead in a game they'd win 4-2. 

At the All Star break, he was batting .279 & the Mets were ten games under .500. It was the break that the team started winning & Davis was a big contributor. In the second half he would hit 13 HRs with 64 RBIs & bat .331. He would finish with 22 HRs, half of them either tied or gave the Mets a lead in games.

On July 27th, he homered & drove in two of the Mets three runs in Steven Matz's complete game shut out win over the Pirates at Citi Field. In a three game stretch he had two hits in each game, during the Mets seven game streak. 

From August 6th to August 10th, during a ten game hit streak, Davis hit four HRs & drove in eight runs with ten hits. During his hit streak he batted .429.

On August 5th, at the start of the Mets eight game win streak, Davis started the Mets comeback rally with a 7th inning lead off HR, off the Marlins Jeff Brigham. On August 9th, he homered in another great Mets comeback win. This time Todd Frazier hit a three run 9th inning HR to tie it & Michael Conforto had a walk off hit to beat the Nationals. The next night, Davis hit an 8th inning HR off Daniel Hudson, breaking the 2-2 tie & giving the Mets the lead in what was the exciting winning run.

On August 20th, he hit another HR & drove in runs in three straight games. 

First Career Walk Off Hit: On the next night, August 21st, in the bottom of the 10th inning, he battled Brad Hand in an exciting nine pitch at bat. He then hit a walk off single over the Indians left fielder, to beat the Tribe 4-3. It was his first career walk off hit. His team mates met him at home plate & ripped his jersey off.

He closed out August with HRs in three straight games against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.  On August 26th, he made a an over the shoulder basket catch that MLB, awarded the play of the week.

In September the Mets stayed in the race but faded out by the latter part of the month. In September Davis batted .357 with 25 hits with eight multi hit games. 

Davis finished the year batting .307 with 22 HRs 22 doubles 65 runs scored 57 RBIs 3 stolen bases & a .369 on base % (second to Jeff McNeil on the club). His .527 slugging % was the teams third best. 

Trivia: Davis batted .312 against lefties which was 12th best in the NL. 

At home, he batted .354 (2nd best in the majors). His .665% slugging % at Citi Field was the best in franchise history for a Met at home. It was also the third best slugging % in the majors.

On the field he was a vital asset filling in for injured players & being very versatile. He saw the most action in left field (79 games) then at third base (31 games) & one game as the DH.

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