Henry Davis

23-Year-Old CatcherC
Pittsburgh Pirates AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries to his left wrist limited Davis to about half a season with multiple lengthy absences across stops at Single-A, High-A and Double-A. Endy Rodriguez has jumped Davis on the organizational depth chart at catcher, but there should still be enough playing time to go around while mixing in designated hitter and possibly right field if Davis can stay healthy and reach his potential as a hitter. He is built like a lumberjack and uses brute strength as much as bat speed to create plus game power from the right side. Davis hit .266/.384/.472 with a 20.2 K% on the year, and given the injuries, it's fair to grade those strong numbers on a bit of a curve. Defensively, his plus arm would allow him to stick behind the plate with robo umps, but he might spend most of his time at DH while the human element remains. The Pirates selected Davis with the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, so he will be given every possible chance to reach his ceiling as a middle-of-the-order run producer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $6.5 million contract with the Pirates in July of 2021.
Reassigned to minors camp
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
March 7, 2023
Davis was reassigned Tuesday to the minor-league side of Pirates camp.
Lolo Sanchez and Matt Gorski were also sent out. Following some earlier cuts Tuesday morning, the Pirates are now down to 59 players in major-league camp. Davis has battled multiple injuries as a pro but boasts an .890 OPS in 67 career minor-league games and could arrive in the bigs at some point later this season.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
While Davis was the first-overall pick in the 2021 draft, it was a money-saving pick by Pittsburgh -- four players in the top six received larger signing bonuses. Even so, Davis was clearly the best college hitter in the class, which should carry a lot of weight in first-year player drafts. He hit .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs and a 24:31 K:BB in 228 plate appearances as a junior at Louisville. Over the shortened 2020 season and his junior campaign, Davis logged a 10 percent strikeout rate and 13.9 percent walk rate, which is elite, especially for a power-hitting catcher. He didn't hit for much power as a freshman, which is the one knock on his college resume. His right-handed swing isn't prototypical, but his combination of elite strength and pitch recognition allows everything to work. An oblique injury limited him to 31 plate appearances between complex ball and High-A, but his exit velocities backed up his .808 SLG in that short run. He has an absolute hose behind the plate, but the rest of his defense could use some work. However, if we get robo umps in a few years, Davis has a chance to be excellent in every relevant aspect of his game.
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Gets invite to MLB camp
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
February 2, 2023
Davis received an invitation to the major-league side of Pirates camp this spring.
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Returning to action for Altoona
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 29, 2022
Double-A Altoona intends to reinstate Davis (wrist) from its 7-day injured list during the upcoming week, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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Ready for rehab game
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 23, 2022
Davis (wrist) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Bradenton, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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Ramping up activity
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 17, 2022
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Davis (wrist) has been cleared for full baseball activities, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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Not quite ready for return
CPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 10, 2022
Davis (wrist) has had no issues while hitting or catching during his recovery process, although he remains without a firm timetable for return, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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