Player to watch: Khris Davis


Sep 18, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (right) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

In 2013, Milwaukee Brewers talisman, Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games due to his involvement in the PED scandal. Consequently a massive void was created in left field, but up stepped rookie Khris Davis to fill in; and the Brewers have never looked back since.

The left fielder displayed the great power and talent he possesses during his short stint in the outfield, however, he was so impressive during that short stint, that he has earned himself the left field spot for opening day, and forced Ryan Braun to move into right field. Heading into 2014, Khris Davis could really put up some phenomenal numbers in his first full year in the big leagues.

Last season, despite only playing in 56 games and having 136 at bats, he compiled rather impressive statistics; he slugged 11 home runs, batted in 27 runs, stole a few bases and had a .279/.353/.596 slashline. Providing he stays healthy, Davis will play a full season in the big leagues, and have Braun batting in front of him, so watch for these numbers to go only one way, up. He fielded pretty well too, he committed only one error in 265 innings in the outfield.

This spring, Davis has continued to swing a hot bat. In 19 games, he has hit four home runs, batted in seven runners, stolen a base and collated a .264/.298/.827 slashline. Whilst there is room for improvement, the numbers are looking very promising for young Khris Davis. Look for Davis to hit well over 20 home runs, hit around 80 RBI, steal a handful of bases and have a very high slugging percentage in 2014. He should have a pretty high fielding percentage too.

The American outfielder, who graduated from California State University, will aim to build upon his resounding first year in the majors. Watch for the sophomore to make a big impact for the Brewers in 2014.