Red Fever
Complete coverage of the Texas Rangers

In Final Chance With Rangers, Davis is Opening Some Eyes

Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images

    Remember the 2008 season? After last year's unexpected Rangers run, some fans might forget the lighter days in Rangers history.

    But 2008 offered plenty of excitement, and a big part of that was the call-up of a 6-3, 230-pound first baseman with adonis DNA who looked like he could immediately fill the void left by the trade of Mark Teixeira to the Braves.

    In 80 games that season, Davis his .285 with a .549 slugging percentage, sent 17 balls into the stands and drove in 55 runs all while showing a golden glove at first base. It was a dream come true.

    Since then, things haven't gone so well for the Longview native, as he nearly led the league in strikeouts in 2009 and bottoming out last season when he played in 45 games and hit .192.

    Now, Davis is getting a final shot with the Rangers this spring, back at his original position of third base, and even though it's just spring ball, he's making the most of his chance.

    He's hitting .421 this spring and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Sunday's exhibition win over Milwaukee while hitting out of the No. 8 spot in the order. He also blasted his second homer of the spring.

    Even if Davis continues his good play, he doesn't seem to fit in real well with this Rangers team, which acquired Adrian Beltre to man the hot corner and has Mitch Moreland at first base with Mike Napoli and Michael Young fitting in that picture as well. Young, apparently, won't be playing any third base, though I'd have to think he'd be an option before Davis.

    Rangers fans should hope for Davis to continue his hot play, maybe get a brief audition in the bigs or tear up Round Rock and then get dealt for some good prospects. Unfortunately, neither of those scenarios are too likely. I sense Davis becoming yet another "former Ranger" who goes off somewhere else and blows up simply because this roster is too loaded to make room for him.