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Henry Davis

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Henry Davis

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Henry Davis was the first overall pick of the 2021 Amateur Draft, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the University of Louisville. The Pirates had played the draft close to their chest, and the most anyone could say on draft day was that they had at least a half dozen players under consideration. While Davis was considered a certain top-10 pick, his name did not come up as much as others in pre-draft speculations, as there was some question over whether he would remain at catcher over the longer term. There was no question about his bat, though, as he was coming off a season in which he had hit .370 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 50 games for Louisville. The Pirates were convinced he was their catcher of the future and pointed out his excellent rate of throwing out basestealers in their press release introducing Davis to their fan base. It did not take long for the two sides to come to an agreement, that being achieved on July 17th, as Davis agreed to a signing bonus under slot value, at $6.42 million.

During the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, he got an unexpected opportunity to work with some bona fide major leaguers, as he learned through Instagram that P Adam Ottavino was training near his home in the New York City area by throwing into a net. Davis offered to work out with him, and another major leaguer, P Matt Barnes, soon joined them in working out together, much to the young catcher's benefit. He was 3 for 7 with 2 doubles, a homer and four RBI in two games for the FCL Pirates Black then hit .263/.375/.684 with 2 homers and 6 runs in 6 games for the Greensboro Grasshoppers before an injury cut short a fine pro debut.

He began 2022 with the Greensboro in the South Atlantic League, where he batted .342 in 22 games to earn a quick promotion to the Altoona Curve of the AA Eastern League after one month. However, he after just two games was set back by an injury, and went back for one game each in the Florida Complex League and the Florida State League, before resuming his season at Altoona on June 11th. He was originally named to the National League roster for the 2022 Futures Game but was unable to take part in the game due to another injury.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jake Crouse: "Pirates pick catcher Henry Davis No. 1 overall", mlb.com, July 11, 2021. [1]
  • Jake Crouse: "Bucs sign No. 1 pick Davis: 'No time to waste'", mln.com, July 18, 2021. [2]
  • Justice delos Santos: "Henry Davis is committed to one thing: The grind", mlb.com, January 19, 2023. [3]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "How the Draft Combine helped Davis be picked No. 1 overall", mlb.com, June 14, 2022. [4]

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