Jonathan Davis has found his way back into the big leagues and he’s making an impact on his new team, the Miami Marlins.
Davis was traded to Miami from the Detroit Tigers on May 23. He made his debut with the team on that same day. Before being traded to Miami, he was playing for Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate team, the Toledo Mud Hens. When Davis found out he was heading to Miami, he was enjoying a day off.
He received a phone call from Tigers’ president of baseball operations, Scott Harris, while he was getting a haircut.
“I’ve got some bittersweet news,” Davis remembers Harris telling him as he told the Miami Herald. “We’re gonna trade you to Miami.”
That’s just how the game works. You never knew when you could be traded, so you have to be ready at any moment.
And Davis was ready to step in and compete at a high level for the Marlins. In the series against the Colorado Rockies, Davis put together back-to-back games with three-hit performances. That’s how you make a good first impression right there.
With Marlins star Jazz Chisholm on the injured list, Davis has an opportunity to secure the centerfield position and could possibly find a permanent spot on this Marlins team.
Jonathan Davis drives one in on a go-ahead RBI double!
The Marlins come all the way back 💪 pic.twitter.com/0i4v5cbf6t
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 5, 2023
Jonathan Davis Making The Most Of Centerfield Opportunity
Through 11 games, he’s hitting .297 with a home run, six RBI and a stolen base.
“With Jazz out, we’re kind of handcuffed in center field,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “[Garrett] Hampson has done a really good job of bouncing around and playing a lot of center field, but Jonathan’s done it his whole career. Having some stability out there defensively can only help us.”
If Davis continues to show production at the plate and in the field, there’s no question he will see more playing time for Miami.
“The biggest challenge,” Davis said, “is just being myself and not trying to do too much but as the same time doing what you’ve been doing. That’s a challenge for everybody making that jump from the minor leagues to the big leagues with the bright lights and wanting to move forward. At the end of the day, it’s the same game. Don’t make it bigger than it is.”
Davis is no stranger to the big leagues as he spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers.
“It’s exciting where this game takes you,” Davis said. “Never thought I would be [playing for] Miami, but that’s where I’m at right now.”
The Marlins find themselves in second place in the National League East standings. Not too many people would have predicted that kind of success. And with the addition of Davis, the Marlins have speed, a spark at the plate, and a player who’s willing to do whatever he needs to do to win games.
Keep an eye out for Davis down there in Miami. And who knows, he could be playing alongside Chisholm one day.