San Francisco promotes outfielder Jaylin Davis
The San Francisco Giants performed a reshuffling act at the July trade deadline in the hopes that they might still compete for one of the two National League Wild Card spots while still acquiring assets for the future.
Although the Giants are not going to be playing baseball in October this season–they entered play on Wednesday nine games back of the Chicago Cubs–some of the fruits of their labor are coming to bear.
San Francisco promoted middle infielder Mauricio Doubon to the bigs at the end of August, and now they are calling up outfielder Jaylin Davis, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon:
It's official – Jaylin Davis is headed to the @SFGiants!
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— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) September 4, 2019
Davis was acquired from the Twins in the deal that sent reliever Sam Dyson to Minnesota. While Davis was initially considered a low-level return and fairly expendable for a premium bullpen asset such as Dyson, he has been impressive in the minor leagues this season.
The 25-year-old from Greensboro, NC had torn the cover off the ball when the Twins promoted him to Triple-A ball, slashing .331/.405/.708 with 15 homers in 41 games. Davis continued to have the hot bat when he changed systems, slashing .333/.419/.686 with 10 homers in just 27 games with the River Cats.
San Francisco’s outfield corps has long been deemed a weakness in the lineup, but the Giants are starting to find productive young players such as Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Slater and Alex Dickerson, all of whom have been among the best bats in San Francisco’s lineup as of late.
It remains to be seen whether or not Davis’ unprecedented success translates in the bigs, but he is most certainly worth a look as MLB rosters expand in September.