Khris Davis: Statistically

Bernie’s Crew has selected Khris Davis as their Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.  And they back it up with statistics.

Khris Davis began the season under-the-radar due to his injury issues that kept him from playing more than 10 games in his first professional season.  The Brewers drafted him out of Cal State Fullerton, which has traditionally churned out quality bats year-in and year-out.  In fact, Davis and Komatsu both played together at Cal State Fullerton — so the hitting pedigree there is easy to see.

2010 marked a record breaking year for Davis in Appleton.  The long balls kept coming and coming all season.  He set the record for most home runs hit by a Timber Rattler in one season with 22.  The 22-year-old also won the Home Run Derby in the Midwest League All-Star Game.  Both were impressive power performances and firmly vaulted him into the eyes of the Brewers’ faithful.

The young man hit .278/.396/.497 in one of the toughest environments in all of the minor leagues.  For example, the average hitter in the Midwest League hit .255/.329/.373 in 2009.  Davis obviously blew those numbers out of the water, especially the power numbers and the OBP (the two factors that most directly create runs, getting on base and clearing the bases).

Davis brings two specific tools to the table that are particularly valuable in a corner outfielder, power and patience.

Though barely tasting professional baseball the season before, he began the season on a tear and never turned back.  Davis finished the year with a .219 ISO and a .893 OPS — both of which are well above-average offensively, even for a corner outfielder.  As an example, Prince Fielder posted a .209 ISO in 2010 for the Brewers.  The pure power is there and legit.

ISO is isolated power.  Here is the wiki on that. I thought a good idea to compare Davis to Fielder would be a look at Fielder’s ISO and OPS from his 2003 season in the Midwest League.  Now, granted, Fielder was 19 years old at the time, but it seems like a decent comparison.

Prince Fielder’s 2003 OPS: .935
Prince Fielder’s 2003 ISO: .285

.285?  Did I do that correctly?  If so…that’s, um, that’s, well…wow.  Even when you take into account the 8-foot high fence and that it’s only 380 feet to center field at Pohlman Field that’s…good…right?

Head over and read the rest of the case for Khris Davis at Bernie’s Crew.

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