- 8) DJ Davis – 1st Round, 17th overall – L/L – CF – 7/25/1994 – 6’1″ 180 lbs.
Speedster DJ Davis was the Blue Jays’ top selection in the 1st round of the 2012 draft, 17th overall. Davis signed for $1.75 M which was actually $250,000 less than the recommended slot. Davis was considered to be a bit of a reach at 17th overall and was likely chosen in order to use the surplus slot money for later picks. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the potential to be a star at the Major League-level as he has flashed 4 plus tools.
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Davis currently projects to have four average-to-above average tools in his arsenal already and is still just 18 for most of the 2013 season. His speed is his best tool which rates as high as 80 on the 20-80 scale amongst the talent evaluators. His speed helps him to also project to be a plus defender in CF despite having a below-average arm. He could also have plus hit/power tools according to Connor Glassey of Baseball America, who believed that only his arm rated as below average when Davis was drafted in June.
Davis hit .258/.361/.401 across three levels spending the majority of his season in the Gulf Coast League before earning promotions to the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League (Rookie) and then later the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League (SS-A). Davis stole 24 bases and got caught 9 times in 57 games. He also hit 5 HRs, 3 3Bs and 10 2Bs in 2012.
2013: Look for him to spend the year in A-ball with either short-season Vancouver or full-season Lansing.
Future Impact: If Davis is able to harness four plus-tools then he could be a star-level centerfielder in the Majors in four years time. However, he still has a lot of development ahead of him and will need to harness his tremendous physical tools to succeed at the highest levels.