TAYLOR DAVIS, CATCHER
|Born: November 28, 1989
Signed: Undrafted Free Agent (Cubs)
How Acquired: Trade (with Orioles)
College: Morehead State University
Agent: Mike Mosa
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Davis has carved out an unusually long career after signing as an NDFA out of college. He put up big power numbers in his last year at Morehead State. As a pro, he served for a while as an organizational catcher, seeing only limited action in some years. He had a couple of strong hitting years, though, and eventually settled in as a AAA depth catcher with the Cubs. He’s generally shown very good plate discipline and some power. In his career, he’s thrown out 25% of base stealers. He’s also played a lot at first and some at third. The Pirates acquired him for a rookie level outfielder.
Davis hit well in a brief debut in rookie ball. He started six games behind the plate.
The Cubs sent Davis to low A, where he hammered the younger pitching. He moved up to high A in late May and had considerably more trouble, although he at least showed good plate discipline. In low A he played behind the plate, while in high A he split his time between catcher, first and third.
Davis got only limited and sporadic playing time, as the Cubs just used him to fill in at high A and AA. He mostly appeared behind the plate.
Davis split time with three other catchers in AA. He hit very well, including his usual strong plate discipline.
The Cubs moved Davis back and forth between AA and AAA, with most of his time at the latter level. In AAA he divided his time between first and catcher. He hit well in AAA and crushed the ball in AA.
Davis spent a month at AA, a month at AAA, and then missed a month with an injury. He returned to AAA in July and spent the rest of the year there. He played as much at first as behind the plate, and also played third a little.
The Cubs left Davis in AAA for the whole minor league season. He divided the catching duties with Victor Caratini and also played a lot at first. The team called Davis up in September and he saw limited playing time. After the season, Chicago removed Davis from the 40-man roster and re-signed him to a minor league deal.
Davis continued to serve as a depth catcher in AAA, also playing first and third. He got a brief callup in September, but after a week was outrighted back to AAA.
Davis continued in the same role. He got called up briefly in April and August. The Cubs outrighted him to AAA in September. After the season he became a free agent and signed a minor league deal with Baltimore.
Davis didn’t play during the pandemic season. He re-signed with the Orioles after the season, before becoming a free agent.
Davis got limited playing time in AAA with Baltimore. The Pirates acquired him in mid-June after Andrew Susac was injured. He caught 37 games for Indianapolis, throwing out a third of base stealers. At the plate, he showed his usual good discipline but no power. The Pirates called Davis up in late September when Jacob Stallings went on the concussion list and he got into two games.
The Pirates released Davis after the 2021 season but re-signed him the following March. He was in camp with the Pirates, but he played mostly first, as the competition seemed to be mainly between Michael Perez and Jamie Ritchie. Davis opened the season with Indianapolis.
|2022: Major league minimum
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: 9/8/2017
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 9/5/2017 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2019)
MLB Service Time: 0.114
|June 6, 2008: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 49th round, 1456th overall pick.
July 23, 2011: Signed by the Chicago Cubs as an undrafted free agent.
September 5, 2017: Contract purchased by the Chicago Cubs.
December 1, 2017: Became a free agent.
December 22, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Chicago Cubs.
September 1, 2018: Called up by the Chicago Cubs.
September 7, 2019: Designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs; outrighted to AAA on September 10.
October 31, 2019: Became a free agent.
January 23, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Baltimore Orioles.
June 15, 2021: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jose Berroa.
September 20, 2021: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 16, 2021: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
March 11, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.