BLUF: Dynamic athlete with impact speed and overall tools, but very raw.
The Player: DJ Davis (OF, Toronto Blue Jays) – Picked in the first round by the Blue Jays last June, he debuted with games across three levels. After 43 games in the GCL where he hit .233/.339/.374, he was promoted through the Appy League and Northwest League with cameo appearances.
Basis of Report: Compilation – Personal Observation (FIL 2012), Industry Contacts
Body (6-1, 180): Fantastic, athletic body. Premium athlete. Fast twitch with strength and quickness. Plus-plus body and athleticism.
Hit: Very good bat speed, good bat control and feel for the barrel. Has ability to spray the ball to all fields with line drive potential. Hands work well with swing. Can herbal bit whippy and deviates from the approach/swing that works so well for him. Shows a solid feel for the strike zone and willingness to work counts. Speed plays in offensive game with infield singles and hunts. Overall top of the order hitting skills and tools. Potential plus hitter and possibly more, but needs to demonstrate adjustment to quality breaking balls. Grade – 30/60
Power: Has the bat speed to drive the ball. Line drive oriented swing with potential for lots of doubles and triples at peak. Home run power will be limited to 10-12 per year at best. True power will be slow to develop and won’t manifest until pitch recognition evolves and allows him to stay back and drive the ball. Grade (raw power) – 30/40
Arm: Below average Rae arm strength. Doesn’t get much on his throws and lacks projection. Gets rid of the ball quickly and accurately, so the arm should be playable in CF. Grade – 40/40
Fielding: Excellent potential up the middle. Showed marked improvements in jumps and routes during Instructs. Really showed strong ability to.come in and go back on the ball. Has closing speed when moving to all parts of the outfield, covering up most mistakes. Potential plus-plus defender if instincts come, but that projection is too aggressive for me right now. Grade – 50/60
Speed: Elite runner. Absolute burner. Shows sub-3.90 second times to first, but also struggles to get out of the box at times. Speed plays very well in the OF. Potential to steal 40-50 bases at peak. Grade – 80/80
Summation: Very raw. Premium athlete and loaded with tools. Only tool that is not present and is without projection is arm strength. Top of the scale speed with impact potential on the bases and in the outfield. Speed will help hit tool play at a higher level. Potential to hit for average and get on base. Top of the lineup threat. Not a huge power guy, but will pop 10-12 at his peak and back it up with lots of doubles and triples. Throwback top of the lineup, speed player that is dynamic and exciting. All-Star potential but extremely raw.
Relative Risk: High. Extremely toolsy and athletic, but that comes with extreme rawness and risk.
Future: If the Blue Jays are aggressive with him, he could spend the entire 2013 season in the Midwest League. Given how raw he us, a Northwest League short-season assignment may be more prudent. Likely 4-5 years from even approaching the big leagues.