Pirates Sign Shortstop Blake Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed shortstop Blake Davis to a minor league deal. He is a 30-year-old, who played part of the 2011 season with the Baltimore Orioles. Davis was a fourth round draft in 2006. He spent his first seven seasons in the Orioles system before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. In 2013, he hit .256/.297/.352 for AAA Nashville, seeing the majority of his playing time at shortstop, though he has also played all three outfield positions, as well as second base and third base. In both 2008 and 2009, Baseball America rated Davis as the best defensive infielder in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.

With the Orioles in 2011, he had a .713 OPS in 25 games while filling in at second base for Brian Roberts. During his brief major league stint, Davis was splitting playing time at second base with Robert Andino, who was also signed this off-season by the Pirates as a minor league free agent. Davis will likely be at AAA Indianapolis, where he will provide the Pirates with another depth option around the infield.

  • There are only about 25 Short Stops in the game if that can do much offensively so any .650 OPS guy you can find off waivers is a decent find. Not that Blake Davis is one of these guys. I am looking at my BA fantasy mag and here is 18-23 at SS: Everth Cabrera, Alexi Ramirez, Erick Aybar, JJ Hardy, Jhonny Peralta, Jordy Mercer…After that it quickly dropsinto the Alcides/Yunel Escobar Vortex…offensive shortstops are like great QBs…so few.

  • CalipariFan506
    January 27, 2014 2:12 pm

    Haha well if he’s solid defensively I don’t care what else he does. Can’t hang our AAA pitchers out to dry when Chase gets hurt.

    • One thing I like about signings like Davis, is the defensive value he provides behind young pitchers. Most people will look at him and say he isn’t going to play for the Pirates, so who cares, but you have to remember that not every minor leaguer is going to be a prospect, but you want to help the prospects the best you can. I’ve seen countless minor league pitchers fall apart after bad defensive plays, so I’m not going to worry about wins or losses in the minors, I’m concentrating on development. A player like Davis behind young pitchers is going to help defensively wherever you put him and with the Pirates teaching of getting quick ground balls for efficient outs, he will help. I’ll also see that they are loaded with glove first catchers, another sign of helping the young pitchers out. It would be great if you could load the system with a prospect at every level and every position, but that’s not even slightly realistic, so I like the defense first method.

  • CalipariFan506
    January 27, 2014 11:14 am

    Good. Can never have enough SS.