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2014 #4 Prospect: Zach Davies - RHP


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Does anyone know if his emotional makeup is anywhere as tough as MG?

I've only heard great things about his makeup and mental toughness. Like one scout told me, if he was 6-foot-2, 185 with two miles an hour more on his fastball people would be talking about him being a TOR candidate.

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FYI, Davies pitched four shutout innings today, allowing one hit and no walks, to close out his Arizona Fall League season with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. This in a league where the average ERA is about 4.30.

It is always a hitter's league. Congratulations Zach.

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FYI, Davies pitched four shutout innings today, allowing one hit and no walks, to close out his Arizona Fall League season with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. This in a league where the average ERA is about 4.30.

You really have to give some credit to Joe Jordan and his scouts. I remember hearing some chuckles when they spent $500K to sign this "little" righthander. Some times talent will overcome size! He's been my guy for some time now. He's heading in the right direction no doubt!

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You really have to give some credit to Joe Jordan and his scouts. I remember hearing some chuckles when they spent $500K to sign this "little" righthander. Some times talent will overcome size! He's been my guy for some time now. He's heading in the right direction no doubt!

I love pitchers like Davies -- when they succeed. I'd love to see him become a solid rotation guy and frustrate the hell out of his opponents.

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In late April, Frobby started a thread about Davies, who was just starting to pitch well at the AA-level.

The thread contains the stats for all of Davies' starts for the 20214 season, including his pitch-count for each inning (including strikes and balls per inning.)

Davies' pitching lines also contains the type of outs that he recorded in each individual outing (ground balls, lineouts, flyouts, popouts, picked off of first base, etc.)

http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php/140742-Zach-Davies-getting-it-together?highlight=Zach+Davies

At one point in midseason, Davies had a string of 4 out of 5 games in which he walked 2 batters, struck out 26, and had a strikes-to-balls ratio of 265 to 115.

Over his final 13 starts of the season, Davies struck out 74 batters, while walking only 13.

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In late April, Frobby started a thread about Davies, who was just starting to pitch well at the AA-level.

The thread contains the stats for all of Davies' starts for the 20214 season, including his pitch-count for each inning (including strikes and balls per inning.)

Davies' pitching lines also contains the type of outs that he recorded in each individual outing (ground balls, lineouts, flyouts, popouts, picked off of first base, etc.)

http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php/140742-Zach-Davies-getting-it-together?highlight=Zach+Davies

At one point in midseason, Davies had a string of 4 out of 5 games in which he walked 2 batters, struck out 26, and had a strikes-to-balls ratio of 265 to 115.

Over his final 13 starts of the season, Davies struck out 74 batters, while walking only 13.

Thanks for reminding me about that thread. It's fun to scroll through it and realize that Davies just got better and better as the season progressed, and now he's continued to shine in the AFL. I'm really looking forward to seeing how his stuff plays at AAA.

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Former scout Bernie Pleskoff wrote a nice report on Davies today, echoing a lot of Tony's comments. http://m.orioles.mlb.com/news/2014/11/19/101911892/bernie-pleskoff-orioles-zach-davies-repertoire-works-best-as-starter

Good to read a former scout have a similar opinion of Davies. I've been saying for some time now that I felt Davies was going to surprise some people in the baseball industry. He doesn't look like the others, but they may be part of what makes him special.

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