The Mets are rolling. They are one of the hottest teams since the all-star break, and currently sit 1.5 games out of the second wild card spot. All 25 players have played a role to an extent, but going through the entire roster, J.D. Davis has been one of, if not the most impactful players on this team, and it has not been an easy road for him.
With the Mets making a plethora of moves this past offseason, new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen traded not one, not two, but three prospects to the Astros for J.D. Davis, who had a career .194 batting average and couldn’t hit a beach ball in the bigs, but Brodie saw what Davis did in AAA during the 2018 season, and saw potential.
Davis won the Pacific Coast League batting title by hitting .341 with 17 homers and 81 RBI’s, with an OBP of .406. He had a great year in AAA and was hoping to make a Houston Astros roster stacked with talent, but ended up being shipped to Queens, and it is arguably the best thing to happen for his career.
When he got to Queens, he started off slow, but broke out against the Nationals early on in the year, taking Max Scherzer deep, he calls this the “moment he knew he belonged”. Ever since then, he has not looked back. Clutch hits after clutch hits, J.D. Davis cemented himself as a key piece to this team on Wednesday night with a walk-off single off of Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand, giving the Mets their second win in as many nights against a division leading Indian team.
After being looked at as a sup-par MLB player in his brief big league career, has completely erased that. J.D. Davis is a big part to this current playoff run, and will be a big piece of this team for years to come.