ZACH DAVIES (RHP)
Age: 22… Height: 6’0″… Weight: 160
Bats: Right… Throws: Right
Profile: Acquired at the trade deadline from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Gerardo Parra, Davies received a call to Milwaukee on Tuesday and will make his Major League debut on Wednesday night at Miller Park against the Pirates.
Originally a 26th round pick of the Orioles out of high school in 2011, Davies began the 2012 season at Low-A Delmarva, appearing in 25 games and posting a 3.86 earned run average in 114.1 innings of work. He advanced to High-A Fredrick the following season and enjoyed similar success in 26 Carolina League starts, recording a 3.69 ERA in 148.2 inning on the mound.
Davies was promoted to Double-A Bowie to begin the 2014 season and at just 21-years-old, continued to impress, going 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA, striking out 109 batters in 110 innings of work. That earned Davies a spot with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, where he was dominant, going 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in seven starts.
After his impressive Fall League stint, the Orioles had Davies start 2015 at Triple-A Norfolk. He posted a 2.84 ERA in 19 appearances, 18 starts, and was selected to participate in the Futures Game in Cincinnati during MLB’s All-Star festivities. In need of outfield help at the deadline, Baltimore shipped Davies to Milwaukee on July 31st in exchange for Parra. He went to Colorado Springs and made five starts for the Sky Sox, going 1-2 before receiving the call to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Strengths: Davies is a smart pitcher who works with a plan and uses the entire plate. He throws an outstanding changeup that has been ranked among the best in all of Minor League Baseball. He also features a low 90’s fastball and an above average curve and all three pitches are solid offerings for the youngster.
Weaknesses: At just 160 pounds, Davies has a small frame that leads to concerns from some about his durability and his ability to work deep into games, but that hasn’t been an issue to this point in his career.
Future: Davies profiles as a back of the rotation starter and he should get a handful of starts over the final month of the season to showcase his stuff at the big league level. He’s a definite candidate for a rotation spot in 2016 and a good showing in September could give him a leg up heading into spring training next season.