JFtC Presents Our Blue Jays 2019 Top Prospects List With An Honourable Mention To Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis was selected by the Blue Jays in the 15th round during the 2013 Amateur Player draft. The soon to be 27-year-old was drafted out of the University of Central Arkansas. The five-foot-eight outfielder wasn’t a thought on one’s mind until his breakout year back during 2016 when he was playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays.
After being selected by the Blue Jays, Davis was then assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays. The Arkansas-native appeared in 43 games and hit eleven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 14 RBI’s and slashed a line of .238/.346/.415/.762.
Then, after a similar type of season with the Vancouver Canadians in 2014, Davis was promoted to the low-A Lansing Lugnuts to start the 2015 season. This was the point in his career where he started to show signs of what type of player he could develop into.
In 13 games with the Lugnuts, Davis hit two home runs and produced eight RBI’s. But, what was most impressive from those games was his slashing line of .408/.482/.612/1.094. Those numbers are what earned him a promotion to high-A Dunedin after playing in just 13 games.
Davis appeared in 47 games before the 2015 season came to an end. In those games he took a step backwards with his hitting. While only recording a single home run, 14 RBI’s and slashing a hitting line of .230/.288/.342/.630. However, the Blue Jays decided to stick with him at Dunedin, and it has paid off for them in a big way.
2016 was the season where Davis was able to prove why the Blue Jays were right to keep him at high-A Dunedin. This was also his first full-season in the minor leagues, where he played in 120 games. During that season he was able to breakout and hit 21 doubles, eight triples, 14 home runs, 54 RBI’s, 33 SB’s, 70 BB and slashed his way to a line of .252/.376/.441/.818.
Those numbers during that season displayed potentially what type of player Davis is capable of developing into at the major league level. His defense is also what made him standout during that season as well. He was utilized all around the outfield because of his above-average speed.
Davis was primarily used in the corner outfield spots, and was able to record a perfect fielding percentage in 99 opportunities out in left field. While he also recorded a .985% fielding percentage in 136 opportunities in right field. Those numbers in turn earned him a well deserved promotion to double-A New Hampshire to start the 2017 season.
During the that season, Davis showed that he could continue exactly where he left off in the previous season. In 128 games, he hit 20 doubles, four triples, ten home runs, 45 RBI’s, 20 SB’s, 69 BB and slashed a line of .249/.361/.379/.740.
This showed once again that the 2016 season wasn’t a fluke for Davis, and that this is the type of player that he can become at the MLB level. Last season, Davis appeared in 78 games with New Hampshire, and displayed again how he was very capable of hitting at the double-A level.
Which then led to a promotion to the triple-A Buffalo Bisons for Davis. Where he appeared in 46 games, and he was also able to make his MLB-debut due to injuries at the major league level. Though it was a short stint, it gave Davis a taste of what life in the major leagues is like.
Davis is likely to start this season at triple-A with the Bisons. He’s seen as a corner outfielder in the majors because of his below-average arm strength. But, his speed is what could make him into an above-average fielder. Along with what he’s shown so far in his career at the plate, are the reasons why he will be one of the first players that the Blue Jays will turn to if they need to fill a outfield spot during this season.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.