Chris Davis
Chris Davis
33-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The only thing worse than Davis’ 2018 season: the fact that the Orioles owe Davis $23 million for each of the next four years. His futility was historical as he slashed just .168/.243/.296. The club gave him several extended breaks to figure things out. At times, this seemed to work but it was never long before the strikeouts piled up. For the second straight season, Davis fanned at a 37% clip, five points worse than the level posted in the seasons that earned him the big contract. The woes led to impatience as Davis walked 7.9% of the time, after five years with a double-digit mark. His HR/FB was a career-low 14.5%, following five seasons of at least 23%. His BABIP was a career-worst .237. Nothing went right as his defense at first ranked among the league’s poorest. It remains to be seen if Baltimore will treat Davis as a sunk cost or give him a chance to snap what’s essentially a three-year malaise. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2016.
Hits game-winning home run
1BBaltimore Orioles
September 22, 2019
Davis went 1-for-2 with a home run, an RBI, a run scored, a walk and a strikeout in the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
Despite these heroics, the left-handed slugger will soon be moving past what was a season to forget. On the bright side, Davis has gotten a hit in back-to-back games after going hitless in his prior three outings. The 33-year-old is now slashing .176/.268/.315 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI across 336 plate appearances. Davis isn't a regular starter but should figure to draw at least one more in the team's final six games of the season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .541 379 29 11 33 1 .169 .251 .291
Since 2017vs Right .658 1019 102 43 113 2 .195 .286 .373
2019vs Left .461 69 4 2 3 0 .131 .232 .230
2019vs Right .636 283 22 10 33 0 .191 .286 .350
2018vs Left .493 146 9 5 15 1 .144 .212 .280
2018vs Right .557 376 31 11 34 1 .178 .255 .302
2017vs Left .619 164 16 4 15 0 .208 .293 .326
2017vs Right .785 360 49 22 46 1 .218 .317 .468
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .629 735 70 30 79 3 .190 .273 .356
Since 2017Away .623 663 61 24 67 0 .186 .279 .344
2019Home .552 185 12 5 17 0 .169 .265 .288
2019Away .655 167 14 7 19 0 .190 .287 .367
2018Home .583 262 24 10 25 2 .180 .248 .335
2018Away .494 260 16 6 24 0 .156 .238 .255
2017Home .721 288 34 15 37 1 .213 .302 .419
2017Away .746 236 31 11 24 0 .217 .318 .429
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How does Chris Davis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Davis was in a class of his own only a few short years ago, but he's not much more than "a guy" in fantasy nowadays given the new power landscape and Davis' own skill regression in recent seasons. He still has prodigious pop, but Davis' contact ability has slipped considerably, with his strikeout rate leaping from 31 percent to 37.2 percent over the past two years. His performance against lefties has declined dramatically -- Davis has gone from .265/.327/.450 against southpaws in 2015 to .216/.313/.398 to .208/.293/.326 last season (164 plate appearances). At his height, Davis was a three-category anchor, but he's been such a batting-average drain over the past couple seasons, to the point where those contributions have been largely offset. Davis has long been a negative in the field; considering that along with his lefty/righty splits, he's potentially in danger of falling into a platoon at some point in his age-32 season.
Davis hit 38 homers last year, and we should be happy with that, but that's so 2015. In a year where many players set career highs in homers and second baseman were going yard 30 times, Davis had a normal power year for him. That was not a good thing because outside of scoring 99 runs, he did not do anything else well at all. He drove in just 84 and his batting average returned to the sub-optimal range albeit not below the Mendoza Line like in 2014. At this stage of his career, Davis' skills are stable. He will hit for more power than most and will produce runs in bunches when he gets on one of his power hot streaks, but he is very unlikely to hit for average. Good luck predicting his batting average given there has been 90 points of variance in it over the past four seasons. The three true outcomes are consistent for him but everything else is quite fluid.
Davis has two elite seasons sandwiched around his miserable 2014 season that also saw him serve a brief suspension. He led MLB in home runs in both 2013 and 2015 and was also in the top-10 in slugging, OPS, RBI, and extra-base hits in each season. Davis also led MLB with 208 strikeouts in 2015, so there is no mystery why he hit under the Mendoza Line in 2014. When Davis makes contact, the ball usually goes a long way. Metrics show he makes medium or hard contact over 90 percent of the time, but a defensive infield shift curtails his average. Davis will be 30 years old in 2016, but he's back with Baltimore on a seven-year, $161 million deal, so nothing really changes for him. Davis will be wedged in the heart of the order and in the same home-run friendly environment.
Davis was one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy baseball during the 2014 season, as he failed to get back on track after suffering an oblique injury in late April. To make matters worse, Davis failed a second test for amphetamines late in 2014 and missed the rest of his disappointing season. It was later revealed that despite a medical need for Adderall, Davis did not have an exemption for its use in 2013 or 2014. If the big seasons of Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, and Jhonny Peralta post-PED suspension are any indication, discounting Davis in 2015 due to the 2014 performance would be a mistake. It's also worth noting that he was approved for an exemption to take Adderall again in 2015. Davis can still hit 30-plus home runs in his sleep, offering a reasonable floor even if he's unable to return to his 2013 level again.
Davis gave validity to the age-27 theorists with a monster season that warranted him MVP consideration. He led the league in home runs (53) and RBI (138), despite slowing down in the second half of the season with a .245/.339/.515 line over his final 65 games. Davis also finished fifth in MLB with a 29.6% strikeout rate, but his .348 ISO (also tops in MLB) shows that his raw power could help him sustain his 2013 numbers. The power output alone has vaulted Davis into the fantasy elite among first basemen, and while he may not hit as high as .286 again, he could prove capable of providing 40 homers annually.
Davis found new life in his first full season in Baltimore while notching his first 30-homer season. The long balls came with a price - a strikeout every 3.1 at-bats. After having trouble getting the ball to leave the park in 2011, Davis had a 25.2 percent HR/FB rate. He also took a step back defensively and spent most of the season as the designated hitter until moving to the outfield for the first time in his career after Nick Markakis went down. Depending on their roster construction, Davis should remain the designated hitter. In a full season, Davis can hit 30 home runs with ease, but the strikeout slumps can occasionally cause him to get benched for small stretches.
Davis remains unable to cash in on his big minor-league success. He received another chance this year in Baltimore and remained unimpressive, posting a .708 OPS. He simply cannot afford to strike out so often - he fanned in 30.2 percent of at-bats with the Orioles last season. Davis chose offseason rehab over surgery after being diagnosed with a sports hernia, so keep an eye on his progress throughout the spring. Look for Baltimore to give him another chance in 2012, but he will be forever limited until he can figure out how to make contact.
Davis was replaced by Justin Smoak in late April after another poor start (.188/.264/.292 with 17 strikeouts in 48 at-bats), hit well at Triple-A Oklahoma City (again) after being sent down, earned a promotion after Smoak was included in the Cliff Lee trade, but failed to hit (again) when given the chance (.189/.267/.245 in 53 at-bats). No longer in Texas' plans following the late-season emergence of Mitch Moreland, Davis will need a change of scenery to get another extended look in the majors. His winter ball season was mixed (six homers in 22 games, but a .250/.341/.550 line with 25 strikeouts in 80 at-bats). If it's cheap power that you're after, be ready to invest in him should the at-bats come along.
Davis began the season in a 1-for-22 slump, struck out 114 times and hit just .202 in 258 at-bats before being sent down to Triple-A just prior to the All-Star break. He mashed again at Triple-A (.327/.423/.536) and was rewarded with a promotion and regular playing time upon his recall, where he hit .308/.338/.496 in 36 games. He's still going to strike out a bunch, but has a history of some success despite the whiffs and he'll get another crack as Texas' first baseman in 2010. The power is legitimate, though he'll need to improve his BB:K rate if he wants to be more than a low-average slugger.
Davis was a welcomed addition to the Texas lineup, hitting .285/.331/.549 in 295 at-bats after a midseason callup, banging out 17 homers and 42 extra-base hits in his time with the Rangers. He struck out too often, continuing his minor-league tendencies, but there's no limit to his power given his home park. He'll be third base eligible for at least one more season, though Texas has mentioned on numerous occasions this winter that Davis' future is at first base.
Davis managed a 35-game hitting streak for High-A Bakersfield before being promoted to Double-A Frisco, where he continued to hit well (.294/.371/.688 in 30 games). His strikeout totals remain worrisome, fanning 150 times in 495 at-bats and drawing just 35 walks, but his composite .297/.347/.598 line as a 21-year-old was a fine effort for his first full professional season after being selected in the 2006 draft. There's enormous power potential here.
Davis perfomed well after being selected in the fifth round last June, posting a solid .277/.343/.534 season in the short-season Northwest League. Fifteen homers in 253 at-bats show his power potential, though there's still plenty of work to do (23 walks, 65 strikeouts). Turning 21 in March means he's got plenty of time.
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Reaches base three times in loss
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 19, 2019
Davis went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run Sunday in the Orioles' 13-7 loss to the Red Sox.
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Sitting versus left-hander
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 9, 2019
Davis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Heads to bench
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 6, 2019
Davis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Launches ninth homer
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 3, 2019
Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Connects for eighth home run
1BBaltimore Orioles
July 30, 2019
Davis went 1-for-5 with a tie-breaking solo homer in an 8-5 victory over the Padres on Tuesday.
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