I am disappointed in each and every one of you. Those who voted. Those who neglected to show their support by not voting. Those who voted for Khris Davis but did not do enough to campaign for him.
Honorable mention? You people sicken me.
Khris Davis is a wonderful, delightful outfielder who should be praised as the man who salvaged the worth of the 2013 MLB season. Shame on you seemingly nice folks who neglected to even name him to the top 10 in 2013 Brewers.
Davis has been one of the best pure hitters in the Brewers minor league system since, basically, Ryan Braun first advanced to the majors. He never got quite the accolades Braun did, and I'm not saying he should have. He's limited to left field, where your bat has to be gold to be on a top prospect list. There have been scouts who rambled about a hole in Davis's swing, that he was too old.
But all he did in the minors was hit. And 2012 was his coup de grace as he hit .350/.451/.604 while splitting the season mostly between Double- and Triple-A. You would think that might be enough to finally get him some attention, but it barely got him anywhere. John Sickels ranked him just the 14th best prospect in the Brewers (weak) system with a C+ grade. A C+! He was nowhere to be found on Baseball America's top 10. MLB.com had him 18th in the Brewers system behind such stalwarts as David Goforth, the lesser K. Davis, and Drew Gagnon. No respect!
He began to prove doubters wrong with an impressive performance in spring training as he led the team with six homers and hit for an .877 OPS. That earned him an unlikely spot on the Brewers roster out of opening day.
Davis struggled out of the gate, hitting for just a .590 OPS through May 1 and being sent back to Triple-A. Of course, in that span he received a whopping 18 at-bats while making just two starts, but whatever. Not like he could settle in or anything.
The Brewers gave Davis another shot in the majors in mid-July. He did better this time, hitting well in still-limited action. Then a miracle struck: Ryan Braun was suspended. In a post-2012 interview with Disciples of Uecker, there was this exchange:
Will Wojcik: So is [getting to an All Star game] your goal for next year? Or is your goal to make it to the big leagues?
Khris Davis: They say getting to the big league is all about timing. It’s out of my control. I can control whether I play well enough to make an All-Star team.
Well, Davis got a whopping dose of timing and he took advantage of it. With Braun out, the Brewers went with a rotation of Davis, Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl in left field. Soon enough, it became pretty much just the Khris Davis show. He hit .318 with a 1.035 OPS in August, then finished September with an .852 OPS in that month while dealing with an injury.
On the season, Davis finished with a batting line of .279/.353/.596 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles in 56 games. He has power, he has a good eye at the plate. He is a pure hitter, but not great defensively. He is also soon to be positionless again as Ryan Braun comes back in 2014.
Still, the Brewers seem to want to give Davis playing time in the future (and they should). That has led to talks that they could look into trading Norichika Aoki and move Davis or Braun to right field. I still think one or the other should just be put at first. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what the Brewers to with Davis moving forward.
You people may have made him an honorable mention, but he's the MVBrewer of my heart.
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