DAVIS, JOHNNY

Position: Outfield

DOB: April 26, 1990

Height: 5’10” / Weight: 180

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (22nd round, 2013)

Profile: Though he didn’t play baseball in high school and played just one season collegiately at West Los Angeles College, the Brewers though enough of Davis’ tools that they selected him in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft. A native of Compton, California, the switch-hitting Davis held his own in his pro debut with the AZL Brewers. He skipped over Helena and moved to Low-A Wisconsin in 2014, then opened the 2015 season at High-A Brevard County before being sidelined with a torn ACL. After a year of rehab, Davis returned to action in 2016, starting the year back at Brevard before earning a June promotion to Double-A Biloxi. Davis has one plus plus tool, his blazing speed, which makes him worth keeping an eye on. An 80 runner, Davis is a line drive hitter who uses all fields and has shown an improved bunt skill, but offers zero power at the plate and needs to develop more patience to succeed at the highest levels. A very quick learner, Davis has steadily improved defensively, getting better jumps and using his speed to his advantage to go and get the ball in center field.

2013: After signing with the Brewers following the draft, Davis was sent to Arizona to join the Brewers AZL affiliate in Maryvale. He saw action in 30 games there, hitting .294 while stealing 17 bases and scoring 11 runs.

2014: Despite his lack of experience, the Brewers gave Davis an aggressive push to Class-A Wisconsin to start the 2014 season and he went on to appear in 110 games for the Timber Rattlers, seeing time in both left and center field. He hit .258 with four triples and stole 32 bases while scoring 57 runs.

2015: Davis moved up to High-A Brevard County to open the 2015 season, where he hit .216 with a pair of doubles and four steals through the first ten days, before suffering a torn ACL which would knock him out of action for the remainder of the season.

2016: After a year of rehab, Davis returned to the field in 2016 and once again opened the season in the Florida State League with the Manatees. In 58 games there he hit .295 and stole 16 bags, earning him a spot on the FSL All-Star team and a promotion to Double-A Biloxi. He appeared in 69 games after joining the Shuckers, hitting .261 with four doubles, four triples and his first professional home run.

2017:  Davis earned a return trip to Biloxi in 2017 and after getting off to a bit of a slow start, he came on like gangbusters as the season went along, showing marked improvements along the way.  In 133 games with the Shuckers, he hit .263 with five home runs and stole 52 bases.