Hard Work and Hustle Compliment Kentrail Davis’ Superior Athleticism
Scouts often talk about the “power/speed” combination in baseball prospects. It’s the combination of the ability to do things like hit home runs while at the same time, excel at things like stealing bases. A Brewers prospect that fits that mold is Kentrail Davis.
Davis is solid athlete with plenty of ability and a lot of potential to be a future Milwaukee Brewers All-Star in the outfield. He spent the 2011 season—his second professional season—with Class-A Brevard County and hit .245 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. He led the team with 33 stolen bases and 76 runs scored.
“My first year (2010), I missed a lot of time with injuries and that was a little frustrating,” said Davis. “It was good to get back this year and play 132 games. I was proud of that. I feel like I have a lot to improve on when it comes to my game, but it was still a good year for me.”
The 39th overall selection by the Brewers in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Tennessee, Davis joined the organization as a decorated college athlete and highly touted prospect. Entering the 2011 season, Davis ranks as the fifth-best prospect according to Baseball America. The opportunity to play here in Arizona playing with other top prospects in the Fall League excites Davis.
“For me, it is an honor to be here,” said the 23-year old. “Obviously, the Brewers believe in me and believe in what I can do. I am very happy to have this chance to show everyone a little more of what I can do. It is a good opportunity for me to show the organization that I can hit good pitching and play with the best.”
Davis is 5-9 and weighs 195 pounds; he uses his athleticism and speed at the plate, on the base paths and in the outfield.
“I just go out there and play,” said Davis. “If it is hitting, or stealing a bag, or running a ball down in the outfield, I use that athleticism and my ability to prove I can play.”
He said he follows the Brewers as much as possible throughout the season and knows the what the organization and the fans expect from its players.
“I’m just a player that goes out there and gives my best every day,” said Davis. “I bring a lot of energy and play hard—I think that is what the Brewers are looking for. I run out every play down the baseline and one thing the organization told me when they drafted me is that they love that I play the game hard. I just try to stay by that rule.”
Hard work, hustle and raw talent are three things that will certainly help Davis’ dream of making the Big Leagues a reality.
THURSDAY WRAP UP
Score: Peoria 2, Phoenix 2 (7 inning game due to shortage of available pitchers)
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
Brewers In the Box Score: Scooter Gennett went 1-for-3, and ended the Arizona Fall League with a .411 batting average, good for second overall in the league.
– Today was the last game for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, the team ended with a 16-19 record.
– The championship game will be Saturday between Salt River and Surprise. The game will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 2 p.m. CT. Arizona Fall League representatives will announce the Stenson Award on Satruday, a sportsmanship award of which Zelous Wheeler is a nominee.