2011 Prospect Watching: E Gonzalez, Davis, and Brito

Adam Davis  —  Bats Both / Throws R,  5′ 9″,  190 lb
Davis came to the Pirates’ organization in 2010 when the Bradenton Marauders were hit by the Injury Bug.  He’d been the Cleveland Indians’ 3rd round draft pick in 2006, but the highest he’d reached in their organization was 5 games at AA Akron.  Davis played in 69 games for the Marauders, mostly at third base, plus a few at second and one at first.  Davis is not a power hitter, but he had a solid average of .272 for Bradenton.  He began his time in the Pirates’ organization with a .300 average over his first 10 games in June, then dropped off to .250 in July and .267 in August.  He too finished up with a bang, going 7-for-15 (.467) over the last 4 games.  At age 26, Davis is “old” for either the A+ or the AA level, but he will probably be a back-up at one of those two places.  

Jesus Brito  —  R/R,  6′ 1″,  160 lb
Brito also came to the Pirates in 2010 from the Cleveland organization.  He’d  split the 2009 season between Cleveland’s (Rookie) Arizona League team and their low-A NY-Penn League team.  He’d hit well at both of those places:  .366 and .333 respectivley.  He was assigned to A level West Virginia, to be their regular third baseman.  Brito hit .250 in April with 2 homers and 9 RBI, but it was all downhill after that.  His average slid to .173 in May, then .182 in June, .190 in July, and .196 in August.  He finished the season with 16 doubles, 5 triples, 11 homers, and 49 RBI, but the modest power is not enough to make up for the low average.  His strikeout rate exploded to 33.6% (123 strikeouts in 108 games) in 2010.   Meanwhile, his work in the field also took a downward turn.  He played exclusively at third, and made 29 errors.  As the season wore on, Elevys Gonzalez was getting more and more of the starts at third base.  Brito doesn’t seem ready to move up to Bradenton, but he’s going to be getting squeezed out by Chase Lyles and Eric Avila coming up, and he doesn’t appear to be as good a back-up option as Adam Davis.  

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