DAVIES, ZACH

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 7, 1993

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 155

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Orioles (July 31, 2015)

Profile: Acquired by Milwaukee in a 2015 trade with Baltimore that sent outfielder Gerrardo Parra to the Orioles, Davies was originally a 26th round pick of the Orioles in 2011. Baltimore managed to sign Davies away from an offer to Arizona State and he made his pro debut a year later with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. He advanced to High-A Frederick in 2013, then spent the following season with Double-A Bowie before pitching in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the year. He opened 2015 with the O’s Triple-A squad in Norfolk before being shipped to Milwaukee at the trade deadline. He made five starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs following the trade, then received a September call-up to Milwaukee, where he made six starts for the Brewers. Davies was sent back to Colorado Springs to start 2016, but quickly was called back to Milwaukee where he inserted into the starting rotation the remainder of the way. An undersized righty, Davies relies on pinpoint command to attack hitters, using the entire plate and pitching with a plan. He features an outstanding changeup that keeps hitters guessing, while also using a low-90’s fastball that has good sink to it and a better than average curveball, inducing a lot of ground balls.

2012: After signing in August of 2011 with the Orioles, Davies made his professional debut with Delmarva in the South Atlantic League in 2012. He appeared in 25 games, starting 17, and went 5-7 with a 3.86 earned run average.

2013: Baltimore rewarded Davies for his 2012 performance with a promotion to High-A Frederick in 2013 and he put together very similar numbers to the previous year. In 26 starts for the Frederick Keys, Davies finished with a record 7-9 but again posted a solid ERA at 3.69 while striking out 132 batters in 148.2 innings of work.

2014: Davis made the move to Double-A in 2014, joining the Bowie Baysox, Baltimore’s affiliate in the Eastern League. Despite missing some time with shoulder tendinitis, he saw action in 21 games there, starting 20 of them, and went 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA while striking out 109 hitters over 110 innings. He was selected to take part in the Arizona Fall League following the completion of the minor league season, and went on to make seven more starts for the Glendale Desert Dogs, going 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA.

2015: The Orioles promoted Davies to Triple-A Norfolk to open the 2015 season where he started 18 of the 19 games he appeared in for the Tides. He posted the lowest earned run average of his career to that point at 2.84 and was selected to participate in the Futures Game in Cincinnati. Davies was dealt to Milwaukee at the trade deadline and made five more starts for Colorado Springs before receiving a September call-up. He made his big league debut on September 2nd, going 4.1 innings against Pittsburgh and went on to make six starts for the Brewers down the stretch, going 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

2016: Despite his success in 2015, the Brewers sent Davies back to Colorado Springs to open 2016, but after just two starts, they summoned him back to the big leagues. He went on to start 28 games for the Brewers, turning into one of their most reliable starters, posting a record of 11-7 to go along with a 3.97 ERA with a WHIP of 1.25

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2016 (#13)