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Scouting: 1B Ike Davis

March 2, 2010

Ike Davis has been a big focus of Mets camp so far. Today he was 2 for 3 with a double. Here is a video of the double today:

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Davis was the first overall pick by the Mets in the 2008 draft and has quickly made it to double-A last year where he hit .309 in 207 at bats. He has 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. He is left handed and plays first base. He did say that he might be able to play right field as well. When he was drafted, this is what said about him:

Power: Davis has some untapped raw power that could be developed as a pro.

Running Speed: He’s a tick below Major League average in terms of speed.

Base running: Not a base-clogger by any means, he’s a decent baserunner.

Arm Strength: Also a pitcher who throws about 87 mph, his arm plays fine from the outfield or first base.

Fielding: He’s a solid corner outfielder and can handle himself well around first.

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Range: He’s got good instincts in the outfield and would have no trouble covering enough ground to stay there.

Physical Description: Davis has a good, projectable and athletic body.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Smooth swing from the left side; good athleticism; good bloodlines — former big league pitcher Ron Davis is his dad.

Weaknesses: He doesn’t always repeat his swing, leading to incomplete at-bats at times. Sometimes he appears to be a little low energy.

Summary: On radars since high school, when he was a 19th-round pick of the Rays in 2005, the son of ex-big leaguer Ron Davis has a sweet left-handed swing that should generate more power in the future. He’s not speedy, but he is a solid base runner and would be fine as a corner outfielder or first baseman at the next level.
In June 2008, BA did a post-draft adjustment of their top 10 Mets prospects and Davis was ranked #2, with the comments: “hulking lefthanded slugger can handle the outfield and pitch, too.

This spring, Ike has seemed like he plays the position pretty well. He has been working with Daniel Murphy, Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis at first base. His hitting has seemed amazing. Every time he hit BP, weather it was the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey or the fireballer Jenry Mejia, I kept reading that he is smacking them out to the warning track. He did that today with his double to go along with his other single. Scouts keep calling him, “the real deal.”

He is going to need to sure up his defense a little to get even better. He also strikes out a lot in the minors and if he could lower that it would help a lot. He is definitly the first basemen of the future though.

After his big day today here was a interview he had with Chris Carlin:

Ike is competing for a spot on the opening day roster but I doubt he is on it. Good luck though. Have a good spring and you might get it.

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