Wade Davis (baseball)

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Wade Davis
Wade Davis on September 13, 2012.jpg
Davis with the Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals – No. 17
Born: (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 (age 29)
Lake Wales, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2009 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–Loss record 45–35
Earned run average 3.91
Strikeouts 564

Wade Allen Davis (born September 7, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. From 2009 through 2012, he played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Davis was drafted in the 3rd round (75th overall) of the 2004 amateur entry draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In the minors, he sported a 93–94 mph fastball, and an excellent spike curveball.[1][2] Davis has expanded his repertoire to include a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup.[3]

Davis pitching for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, Single-A affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays, in 2006

Davis made his major league debut on September 6, 2009, against the Detroit Tigers. He earned a no-decision after pitching seven innings, allowing one run, with nine strikeouts.

Davis was the July 2010 AL Rookie Pitcher of the Month, after posting a 4–0 record with a 3.03 ERA in five starts.[4]

He was named a starting pitcher on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[5] The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America also named Davis the Most Outstanding Rookie of the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2010 season.[6] He came in 4th in the voting for 2010 AL Rookie of the Year.[7]

After two years in the Rays' starting rotation, Davis spent 2012 coming out of the Rays' bullpen and had a strong season.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 9, 2012 Davis was traded to the Kansas City Royals (along with James Shields) in exchange for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard.[8]

Davis spent most of 2013 in the Royals' rotation and compiled a 6–10 record through the end of August. He moved to the bullpen for September 2013 and remained in the bullpen through 2014. In 2014, Davis posted one of the most dominant seasons ever by a reliever. From June 25 to September 16, Davis did not give up an earned run. On September 15, his ERA was an astonishing 0.69. On September 22, 2014, Davis struck out Yan Gomes for Davis' 104th strikeout of the season, breaking the Royals record for most strikeouts by a relief pitcher, which was 103 and had been shared by Jim York (1971) and Greg Holland (2013). Davis finished the regular season with a 9-2 record, posting a 1.00 ERA. He struck out 109 batters and walked 23. He did not give up a homerun in 2014. This dominance continued through the postseason, with Davis posting a 2-0 record and an ERA of 0.63. He struck out 20 batters and walked only 2.


Davis is the second-cousin of former Major League Baseball player Jody Davis.[9] Wade Davis married long time girlfriend, Katelyn Casey is November 2009 in front of 200 guests in her hometown of Marlboro, NY. A graduate of the University of Tampa and aspiring interior designer, Katelyn also runs the couples' non-profit organization Full Kount which benefits children age 18 and younger who use sports as a positive influence in their lives. The couple has three dogs; Abagail, Charlie & Ruth. In the summer of 2013, the couple gave birth to their daughter, Sully Rose Davis.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Jason Heyward, Stephen Strasburg are game's top prospects - MLB - SI.com". Sports Illustrated. March 3, 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfx.aspx?playerid=7441&position=P
  4. ^ Bill Chastain (August 4, 2010). "Rays' Soriano, Davis earn monthly honors". mlb.com. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 19, 2010). "Future Big League Stars Highlight All-Rookie Team". Baseball America. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Joe Smith (September 29, 2010). "Crawford voted Rays Team MVP, Davis tabbed top rookie". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Kelly Thesier (November 15, 2010). "Valencia finishes third in AL ROY balloting". mlb.com. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rays deal Shields to Royals for Myers, prospects
  9. ^ Tony Fabrizio (September 22, 2009). "Davis gives fans something to 'look' forward to". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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