Davis with the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 18
December 21, 1987 |
|April 1, 2013 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||96|
Davis was born at Lakewood, California. He played in high school baseball at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he was twice named an All-State player. Davis attended California State University, Fullerton, where he played college baseball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball team.
Davis was first drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 29th round; he did not sign with the team but opted to remain playing college baseball. He later was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.
Davis began his minor league career in 2009. He played in one game for the Helena Brewers Rookie League club and ten games for the Arizona League Brewers; Davis combined for 2 home runs and a .237 batting average. He spent the entire 2010 season competing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in mid Single A level ball. He played in 128 games with 22 home runs and a .280 batting average.
To start the 2011 season, he was promoted to the advance level Single A Brevard County Manatees. After 90 games, he was sent to the AA level with the Huntsville Stars; Davis played 35 games with the team. In 125 games that year, he batted .280 with 84 RBI and 17 home runs.
In 2012, Davis returned to the Arizona League Brewers and the Hunstville Stars for six and 44 games respectively. The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Davis to their top level below the Major Leagues with the AAA Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. He played in 32 games for the Sounds with a .310 batting average.
The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster during the 2012–13 offseason. After a productive spring training, Davis made the final roster cut and made his major league debut on opening day, grounding out in a pinch-hit appearance. Five days later, Davis made his first major league start in left field and recorded his first major league hit, a double off Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a poor start that saw him bat just .188, Davis was optioned to Nashville.
Davis was recalled in mid-July, and after Ryan Braun's suspension due to performance-enhancing drug use, became the Brewers' starting left fielder down the stretch. He hit his first major league home run at Miller Park on July 23 off Colt Hynes of the San Diego Padres. Davis ended the year with 11 home runs in 136 at-bats, with a slugging percentage of .596.
Davis' rookie performance was enough to encourage Brewers management to trade right fielder Norichika Aoki to Kansas City and move Ryan Braun to from left to right field, opening up an everyday role for Davis. After a slow start, batting .219/.250/.388 through May 20, Davis hit four home runs in six games. At the All-Star Break, Davis led the Brewers with 15 home runs.
- "Khris Davis". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- Haudricourt, Tom (March 16, 2013). "Brewers thinking about keeping Khris Davis". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- "Brewers trade Norichika Aoki, likely means Braun to RF". USA Today. Associated Press. December 5, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
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