2016 Reds

On Rookie Davis

Rookie Davis (9)

For what it’s worth, Mark Sheldon has a pretty good profile of Rookie Davis over at Reds.com:

“I think he has the makeup, he has the ability,” Triple-A Louisville manager Delino DeShields said of Davis in late August. “I like his presence, his mound presence. A lot of things about Rookie that I like that I’ve seen, but there’s still some room to grow.”

In 19 starts for Double-A Pensacola, Davis posted a strong 2.94 ERA, enough to earn him an August promotion to Triple-A Louisville. In Louisville, Davis didn’t find the same level of success, however, putting up a 7.50 ERA in five outings (four starts).

Read the entire thing; lots of good quotes. (Also, check out Jason Linden’s interview with Rookie for Redleg Nation back in August, after he was promoted to Triple-A.) (Edit: Here’s the upbeat scouting report I did on Davis right after the trade. — Steve)

Davis has performed pretty well since coming over to the Reds in the Aroldis Chapman trade, but there’s the rub: he’s the guy (not the only guy, but the main guy) Cincinnati received in exchange for the Cuban Missile. Davis will always be known as that guy, until he establishes himself as a big leaguer.

And he just might establish himself. Davis has real stuff, real potential, and I could see him working his name into the mix for the 2018 starting rotation. Selfishly, I really hope he succeeds, because I can’t wait to hear all the lame puns and dad jokes that are made about that name, Rookie, once he emerges onto the big league scene.

5 thoughts on “On Rookie Davis

  1. The fact that he was the main guy we got for Chapman should not factor in at all for the Reds brass or fans. That disaster of a decision needs to be placed solely on the reds officials. We all like to grade trades but that should not be grading the players in them, just the judgment of the evaluators. Players play, period. Joey Votto cant control who hits behind him or if anyone is on base ahead of him.

    • Maybe we should wait to evaluate the trade until we see how the players the Reds got develop.

  2. No doubt, Rookie Davis is a big dude. Too bad the Reds can’t go out and hire Roger Clemens as a minor league pitching coach. He’d be great coaching up Rookie Davis, Cody Reed, Big Sal Romano, Nick Travieso, Jackson Stephens, Tony Santillan, and Tejay Antone.
    These guys could learn “how to” pitch ML hitters before they ever get to the ML level. Clemens needs a place in baseball to try and get back into the good graces like Mark McGwire is doing. The Reds have the big bodied right handers that resemble Clemens. Hopefully that could transfer over to left handers too like Cody Reed and Scott Moss.

    • Ugh, that was the point. The trade was bad because it brought back low value. Whether or not a pitcher develops should not added pressure. It’s not his fault if he is not a star, he was a middle level prospect.

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