6. Michael Davis, INF
6’0” 200 lb
With the hole left on the left side by Orlando Garcia getting drafted, Michael Davis is proving to be an integral part of Tim Tadlock’s plans and positioning going forward. As Tadlock is cryptic as ever, questions in left field, right field and second base are dependent on his decision of who to start at short.
Michael Davis is the most obvious choice and gives Texas Tech good defense and their best potential lineup. His veteran presence adds stability to an infield and allows other positions to be filled with the fewest question marks going forward. It’ll allow for Grant Little to be a mainstay in left field where he started the majority of last year and allow true freshman Gabe Holt to being his career as a fixture at second base.
Michael Davis had a bit of down year in his junior season, playing in 18 fewer games and earning 75 less at-bats. That didn’t stop his offensive production that much as he increased his home run total from 3 to 6 while only driving in 8 less runs.
Davis has been fairly consistent with his batting average, but and almost sixty point increase in slugging percentage and twelve point increase in on-base percentage has him primed for his senior year which should see him have a career year.
Michael Davis can hit anywhere from 2 to 6 in the lineup which will give him plenty of opportunity to drive in runs or set the table for Jung and McMillon.
Texas Tech will need Michael Davis to step up big for them if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs.