Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Davis To Sign With Houston

J.D. Davis, a slugging third baseman and pitcher the past three seasons for Cal-State Fullerton, has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros of the American League. Davis, a 2011 graduate of Elk Grove High School, told me this afternoon he'll officially sign his contract tomorrow in Houston and then he's off to play for Tri-Valley in the New York/Penn League.

Davis was selected in the third round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Friday. He will earn a signing bonus in the area of $780,000 with considerations for tuition to continue his college studies at a later date.

He led the Titans in 2014 with a .338 batting average, .523 slugging percentage, .419 on-base 

JD Davis, now a part of the Houston Astros' farm system
percentage as well as 27 extra-base hits. He was, for the second year in a row, named to the 

All-Big West first team. 

Davis played much of last season in right field, but as he told me on Saturday, the Astros 
want him to move up their system as a third baseman where he played at Elk Grove.

In his three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, Davis played in 159 games, starting 149, and batted .308 with 175 hits. He scored 87 runs and collected 33 doubles, six triples and 14 home runs to go along with 113 RBI. He drew 77 walks and stole 10 bases.
On the mound, Davis went 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 35 appearances, making eight starts. He tallied 11 career saves and struck out 48 batters in 66 and 1/3 innings pitched while issuing just 14 walks.

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