Jonathan Davis is on pace to surpass 100 official at-bats in a season for the first time in his six-year MLBbro career and he’s become a key piece in the Marlins’ surprise second-place standing in the NL East since coming via trade from Detroit on May 23rd.
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!
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.
It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers may have found their centerfielder for the future.
For those of you who may have not heard of Jonathan Davis, just watch a few highlights on him and you’ll see what he’s all about. Davis certainly put himself on notice across the league after making an impressive play on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
During the second inning, Davis chased down a ball hit straight away center off the bat of Randy Arozarena.
What looked to be a sure base hit was quickly taken away by Davis who made a spectacular play leaving his feet and diving for the ball.
As he was falling to the ground, he collided with the wall, but was able to hold on to the ball in his glove.
Even though it was a great play, Davis appeared to hurt himself and left the game. The Brewers listed him as day-to-day and are hoping it isn’t any too serious.
His teammates were glad to see that he was ok after making the play.
“I was just hoping he wasn’t dead,’’ Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer said in an article from MLB.com. “I was amazed that he [initially] stayed in the game. Just seeing the way he went into the wall, it was a scary moment for everybody. When a guy leads with his head into anything, it’s not a good sight to see. Thank God he’s OK.’’
“That was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field, honestly,’’ Tyrone Taylor said. “I told him, ‘Dude, I’ve never seen anybody do something like that before.’ That was crazy. Absolutely no fear.”
Craig Counsell on Jonathan Davis’ catch: “Spectacular… and scary.”
Now Davis is a player you want to have on your team. He is fearless and will go out there and leave his all on the field.
“That’s me, that’s my game,’’ Davis said. “I try to go all out, all the time, as the game dictates. That was a tough ball to see initially because of the roof, but I found it, came down and made the play.’’
“I caught the ball and hit the ground at the same time, which jarred my body. Honestly, most of my attention was the ball. I really wasn’t thinking about the wall, which I probably should’ve been doing. My back hurt pretty bad at first, but as I sat there, I thought, ‘I think I’m good. I can keep playing.’ They wanted to be cautious because it was near my oblique and my ribs. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.’’
He made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Toronto Blue Jays. After that he had a brief stint with the New York Yankees.
This is his first season with the Brewers and he’s already shown how impactful he can be in a short amount of time.
In his season debut on June 18th, he had a two-hit performance against the Cincinnati Reds. He started the season on a three-game hitting streak and is showing that he can get it done at the plate and in the field.
Hopefully Davis won’t miss too much time, if any, and the Brewers can get him back in the lineup, because he’ll certainly provide a spark in the lineup.