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Chris Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A

Jun 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Chris Davis hit well in limited action with Texas earlier this season, but the Rangers don’t seem particularly interested in giving him another extended opportunity. So instead he’s destroying Triple-A pitching.

Davis has hit .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A. Admittedly the Pacific Coast League is very hitter-friendly and that monstrous production comes with Davis’ usual lack of strike-zone control in the form of a 41/9 K/BB ratio, but his OPS is a ridiculous 1.300.

Including his previous Triple-A stints Davis has now hit .335 with a 1.000 OPS in 211 games there, so at this point it seems pretty obvious that the 25-year-old has nothing left to prove in the minors. Unfortunately in the majors he’s hit just .231 with a .701 OPS in 179 games since his strong half-season debut in 2008, striking out 208 times in 612 trips to the plate.

Davis explained during spring training that he’d rather be traded than head back to Triple-A and the Rangers didn’t oblige then, but whether they call him up or start shopping him around it’ll be tough to simply keep him stashed in the minors for much longer.

  1. Richard In Big D - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    An organizational mate of Davis’, Nelson Cruz also developed a reputation a few years back as a great AAAA hitter, destroying AAA pitching but flopping around in the bigs. He eventually got over it, and I think Davis will, too. I just hope he does it in Arlington, although signs are that he won’t. He’s been working in the outfield, apparantly in an effort to make him more attractive trade bait…

  2. dodger88 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Someone should grab him at the trade deadline if they move a player to Texas. Low risk but possible high reward. Would love to see the Dodgers give him a shot.

  3. hep3 - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Makes me wonder what happened to Hank Blalock?

    • bringpudgebacktotx - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      He was injured a lot in 2008, and when healthy the Rangers didn’t know who to put at first.. Chris Davis or Hank. The Rangers didn’t resign him.

      Hank signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, but was released in July. He’s currently listed as a free agent, and I don’t know if he is playing somewhere in the minors.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Is he playing in real life or a video game?

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Matt Capps for Chris “Crash” Davis, straight-up?! ;-)

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