March 20, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #32 Wade Davis

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #32 | Wade Davis | Rays

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| September 7, 1985 (Lake Wales, Florida)

| Lake Wales High School

| 6'5''

| 220 lbs.

2008 Ranking | 37

The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Wade Davis in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft. After a rough go-around in Rookie Ball, Davis has settled in and has posted good numbers from A-Ball all the way up to Triple-A. Through 110 games (all starts), Davis struts a 40-32 record with a 3.26 ERA. Davis has shown a lack of control throughout his career, even walking 64 batters in 2006 while in the Midwest League with Southwest Michigan. Fortunately, he has a high rate of strikeouts and has a good repertoire to support a successful Major League career. One problem Davis might face when he reaches the Major Leagues is trying to land a spot in a rotation which features a glut of young, successful pitchers. If Davis can improve his command, the Rays shouldn't have a problem finding Davis a home in the rotation. If he doesn't, he could be a considered as a possible closer-replacement for Troy Percival, who many believe will be done after the 2009 season.

2008 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP     FIP
AA         9      6     3.85   107.2     81      42      1.36    3.96
AAA 4 2 2.72 53.0 55 24 1.19 3.94
2009 Outlook
Davis will begin the 2009 season in Triple-A Durham but will most likely get his first cup of coffee at the Major League level at some point.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball (2 & 4-seam)
  • Cutter
  • Slider
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival