Kyle Davies (baseball)
|Born:September 9, 1983|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 21, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through August 20, 2011)
|Earned run average||5.59|
Hiram Kyle Davies (born September 9, 1983 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He grew up in Stockbridge, Georgia and graduated from Stockbridge High School and signed right out of high school with the Atlanta Braves. He has played in Major League Baseball with the Braves and Kansas City Royals.
Kyle was highly recruited by many major college programs, most notably Georgia Tech, but chose to go pro. During his minor league career with the Atlanta Braves he was a member of the 2003 South Atlantic League Champion Rome Braves during their inaugural season. He led the team in strike outs with 148 during that season.
Davies made his Major League Baseball debut on May 21, 2005, a rainy night at Fenway Park in Boston and dominated six innings against the Red Sox. Braves pitchers John Thomson and Mike Hampton were both put on the disabled list with injuries, and Davies was called up. Davies immediately made an impact, as he did not allow a run in his first three starts in the Major Leagues. When Thomson and Hampton returned to the pitching rotation in August, Davies was sent back to the minor leagues.
Davies began the 2006 season as a starter in Atlanta, after coming to spring training as a probable Triple-A starter. On May 15, 2006, Davies suffered an injury to his right groin while pitching against the Florida Marlins. He was later diagnosed with a torn groin muscle and underwent surgery several days later. As a result of the injury, Davies was put on the disabled list and missed 10 weeks of the season. He ended up making only 14 starts in 2006, with a very poor ERA of 8.38.
Out of spring training in 2007, Davies was initially assigned to Triple-A Richmond. However, due to the injury of Lance Cormier at the end of spring training, he was promoted at the beginning of the year to fill Cormier's spot. Cormier's inability to return to form after rehabilitating and coming off the DL, coupled with the Braves losing Mike Hampton to season ending surgery, allowed Davies role on the pitching staff to cease being a fill-in role. However, in 17 starts, Davies had a terrible time establishing any pattern of reliability and consistency, posting a record of 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA. In a start on July 16 versus the Cincinnati Reds, Davies threw just 22 pitches and did not record an out before being taken out of the game. Consequently, Davies was optioned to Triple-A Richmond on July 19 as rookie Jo-Jo Reyes assumed his spot in the rotation.
On July 31, 2007, Davies was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Octavio Dotel. On August 4, Davies made his Royals debut going three innings and giving up five earned runs. He also gave up Alex Rodriguez's 500th homer in the first inning. But on August 9 he was able to bounce back with 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins, giving up only 3 hits and striking out 4. The Royals won the game by the score of 2-0. On August 1, 2011, Davies was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement.
On February 20, 2013, Davies signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After missing April and half of May due to shoulder problems, Davies was assigned to High-A Fort Myers, where he made his first start on May 15. After one additional start, he missed another month due to injury, making a rehab start with the GCL Twins before returning to Fort Myers, where he made 3 more starts. On July 23, Davies was promoted to Double-A New Britain, where he made 7 starts to finish the season. In 12 starts in 2013, Davies went 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 4 quality starts, striking out 47 in 58 innings.
Kyle's younger brother Jake is currently a first baseman in the Boston Red Sox organization.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Kyle Davies Clears Waivers, Becomes Free Agent". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Polishuk, Mark. "Blue Jays Sign Kyle Davies To Minor League Deal". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- Royals' Davies works construction during offseason