HENRY DAVIS, CATCHER
Born: September 21, 1999
Height:  6’2″
Weight:  210
Bats:  Right
Throws:  Right
Drafted:  1st Round, 1st Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Louisville
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Pirates made Davis the first overall pick in the 2021 draft.  He went to Louisville with the reputation of a defense-oriented catcher and hit 283/348/400 as a freshman.  As a sophomore, he made significant improvements to his swing and batted 372/481/698 in the abbreviated college season.  As a junior, he established himself as the undoubted top college position player in the draft, batting 370/482/663, with 15 home runs.  Davis is particularly known for his plate discipline, as he had more walks than strikeouts for his career, including 31 and 24, respectively, as a junior.  He’s hit breaking balls and changeups about the same as fastballs, which is another plus.  Defensively, he’s known for his arm, which gets 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale.  Scouts believe, though, that he needs to work on his blocking and receiving.  Not all think he can stay behind the plate, but the likely advent of robo umps in the near future could help him.  He’s athletic enough to move to a corner position and runs well for a catcher.

Davis was one of a handful of draft prospects who were considered potential top picks.  It was widely believed that the Pirates saw little difference between the possibilities, beyond preferring a hitter, and that they would select the player within that group whom they thought would sign for an amount the furthest below slot.  Davis in fact signed for $6.5M, well below the slot value of $8,415,300.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $6,500,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 11, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 1st overall pick; signed on July 18.

 

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