Brewers' Davis Tries To Shake 'Tweener' Label In AFL

MILWAUKEE—At this point, it's difficult to project where Kentrail Davis fits into the Brewers' future plans.

Though a good athlete, Davis doesn't project to be an everyday center fielder because his defense may not be good enough. So, if he's going to be a corner outfielder, will he hit with enough power?

Before worrying about any of that, the Brewers just want Davis to maximize the potential they saw when signing him for $1.2 million as a supplemental first-round pick out of Tennessee in 2009. Accordingly, they sent him to the Arizona Fall League to continue his development.

An 11-game hitting streak boosted Davis' AFL line to .325/.429/.519 with four doubles, three triples and one home run in 77 at-bats.

The improved plate discipline was encouraging to the Brewers because Davis did not work pitchers enough during the 2011 season at high Class A Brevard County. He drew just 37 walks in 565 plate appearances, resulting in a .245/.317/.361 batting line. He stole 33 bases in 41 attempts but did not show the power potential to play on a corner.

"He played well in Arizona," scouting director Bruce Seid said. "(We) think he has a chance to click in 2012 at Double-A. He's a good athlete who just needs to continue to play."

Davis is at his best when he hits balls in the gaps and utilizes his speed. He probably never will be a big home-run hitter, which might limit him to a reserve role.

The Brewers will worry about that later. They were just pleased to see him making progress against better competition in Arizona.


• First baseman/outfielder Erick Almonte re-signed with the Brewers on a minor league deal. He played 16 games in the big leagues last season, batting just .103 before being sidelined with a concussion. He spent much of the year at Triple-A Nashville, batting .303/.380/.447 with six homers and 42 RBIs.

• Second baseman Scooter Gennett impressed scouts in the AFL with the way he swung the bat. He batted .411/.470/.556 with seven doubles and two homers in 90 at-bats.