Batter’s Box Interactive Magazine: An Interview with Doug Davis – the Minor League Field Coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays – September 2012
Davis answers Gerry McDonald’s questions on a wide range of topics including a pair of middle infielders eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2012 in shortstops Ryan Goins and Kevin Nolan. Christopher Hawkins who stumbled in 2012 after moving to full-season ball at Lansing and Kellen Sweeney who struggled all year before heating up near the end are discussed as well. Davis also discussed the development of SS Christian Lopes (who he called a “natural hitter”), OF Dwight Smith (like Lopes, Davis also described Smith as a “natural hitter” who just did not get results in 2012), DJ Davis (very athletic but raw with the potential to be an impact player), OF Jacob Anderson (who should improve with physical maturity), C Santiago Nessy, (who could contribute on both sides of the plate) and LHP Daniel Norris (who struggled in 2012 but because of the experience should be well-positioned in 2013).
Davis also quickly updates the status of a pair of injured players: Travis d’Arnaud (who Davis says was just starting baseball activities which involved him keeping up with his throwing without involving his injured knee) and AJ Jimenez (who’s recovery from Tommy John is going well though he has not begun throwing again).