2015 was a tale of two seasons for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Khris Davis. The 27-year-old outfielder got off to a slow start to the season, batting just .245 with six home runs in the first half of the year and missing the entire month of June with a knee injury.
After a brief rehab stint in the minors and once fully healthy again, Davis turned things around in a big way in the second half, belting 21 home runs and knocking in 48 runs over the final 71 games of the season.
That performance made plenty of people take notice of Davis, including his manager, Craig Counsell. Speaking at the Brewers Town Hall event at Miller Park last week, Counsell sang the praises of Davis, reflecting on his strong second half.
“What he did in the second half of the season I think makes all of baseball kind of stand up to be honest with you” said Counsell. It was an impressive half of baseball that he had and really it was once he got healthy. He hurt his knee here in kind of late May and he came back from that and really Gerardo Parra had kind of taken most of his playing time. After Gerardo was traded, Khris basically went on a tear. He went on a tear for two months and it was really impressive.”
With young Domingo Santana joining an outfield mix that features All-Star Ryan Braun and several young prospects on the rise, the question was asked if Milwaukee might consider a position change for Davis – a below average defender – perhaps moving him to first base. Counsell made it clear that the team was not exploring that option.
“Khris is an outfielder” Counsell said. “Khris has really never played first base. I don’t think he’d be comfortable there. He’s an outfielder and he’s an impact offensive player.”
An outfielder and an impact offensive player that the Brewers will be relying heavily on as they look to improve upon their offensive performance in 2016 according to the team’s skipper.
“I love writing Khris’ name in the lineup every day and it’ll be in the outfield” said Counsell, “but Khris Davis’ name is going to be written in the lineup every day that’s for sure.”