A Quick Look at..... Taylor Davis

by Dave B. in

Name:  Taylor Davis School / CCBL Team:  Morehead State / Brewster Whitecaps

This native of Jupiter, FL. could provide Brewster with a big bat in a lineup that otherwise does not look like one that will produce big power numbers.

Davis has started 44 of Morehead State's 46 games - 33 as the catcher, 8 at thirdbase and 3 as the DH. He has consistently hit third in the Eagles batting order.

After going 6 for 12 in a three game series against Murray State, Davis is now batting .406 with 12 HR and 42 RBI. He also has 16 doubles. Davis' .500 OBP and .721 slugging pct. leave him with an outstanding 1.221 OPS.

Davis has struckout just 22 times in 197 plate appearances. He has raked Ohio Valley Conference pitching to the tune of a .462 avg.

Earlier this season, Davis hit safely in 14 consecutive games. He will take a 13 game hitting streak into Friday's doubleheader at Jacksonville State. He has reached base safely in 35 straight games.

Earlier this month, Davis was selected to the 2011 Johnny Bench Award watch list. This award is presented annually to the top collegiate catcher in the nation. 

After the Florida Marlins picked him in the 49th round of the First Year Player Draft in 2008, Davis opted to attend MSU where he started 45 games and batted .315 with 12 HR and 40 RBI as a freshman. He bettered those numbers last year when he hit .350 with 57 RBI. After his sophomore season, Davis played for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League.

Last summer, Brewster coach Tom Myers spoke about his appreciation for team speed. The Whitecaps finished the 2010 regular season with 112 stolen bases - 27 more swipes than the runner-up Cotuit Kettleers. Whitecaps teammates Andy Burns and Drew Martinez finished one-two in the league in stolen bases with 25 and 22 respectively. Myers frequently talked about the importance of speed - not just in terms of stolen bases - but also with regard to the distraction it can inflict on pitchers and defenders. Looking at the 2011 edition of the Whitecaps, it doesn't look like the home team will be cranking a lot of three-run homers out of Stony Brook Field this summer. Davis will be under the microscope as people look to see how his numbers in the Ohio Valley Conference transfer to the pitching-rich Cape League. Davis may be the big stick in the middle of Myers lineup who can give the offense a quick jolt.