- Full name Jason Thomas Davis
- Born 05/08/1980 in Chattanooga, TN
- Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Cleveland State CC
- Debut 09/09/2002
- Drafted in the 21st round (647th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 1999.
Organization Prospect Rankings
A basketball player in junior college, Davis signed as a draft-and-follow. He won 14 games at low Class A Columbus in 2001, his first full season as a pro. He ended 2002 by pitching well in three big league appearances after starting the year in high Class A. Though he's 6-foot-6, Davis is the most athletic pitcher in the organization and is adept at fielding his position and controlling the running game. He also might have the best arm in the system. He works in the 93-95 mph range with a heavy fastball and will touch 98. A workhorse, he also has an above-average splitter. Davis' slider needs more work, but it's coming. He needs to learn to use both sides of the plate with his fastball and work inside against righthanders. As good as his stuff is, he gets hit more often than he should. A better changeup also would help him. Unlike most of the candidates for Cleveland's rotation, Davis hasn't pitched in Triple-A. Some time in Buffalo to smooth out his secondary pitches and approach might be beneficial.
A basketball player in junior college, Davis signed as a draft-and-follow in 2000 with little fanfare. He proved to be better than expected in his first full season. He shows plenty of arm strength with a sinking fastball that clocks in at 93-94 mph. The next step will be developing his offspeed pitches. Davis is working on a breaking ball and changeup, but still is a long way from having command of both. His size makes him an intimidating presence on the mound and allows him to throw his pitches on a tough downward plane. His athletic ability and aptitude for learning should help him make adjustments and polish his repertoire. He'll begin this year in the rotation at high Class A.