This afternoon, the Angels selected infielder Brendon Davis onto their 40-man roster. The move prevents the 24-year-old from qualifying for minor league free agency.
The Dodgers originally selected Davis in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of a California high school. He spent the next two seasons in Los Angeles’ farm system before being sent to the Rangers alongside Willie Calhoun and A.J. Alexy at the 2017 trade deadline in exchange for Yu Darvish.
While Davis put up decent numbers at High-A in 2018, his production cratered the following season upon a promotion to Double-A. After last year’s canceled minor league season, the Angels selected Davis in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. That might turn out to be a feather in the cap of the Angels’ scouting department, as Davis mashed across three levels this year.
Assigned back to High-A to start the season, Davis hit that level around at a .280/.337/.535 clip. That earned him a second crack at Double-A, and he looked far readier this time around. After hitting .268/.366/.536 in Double-A, Davis earned his first bump up to Triple-A. He immediately took to the minors’ top level with his hottest tear yet, posting a .333/.409/.641 mark over 133 trips to the plate to close out the year.
That breakout season evidently impressed Angels’ brass enough they decided to dedicate him a spot on the 40-man rather than risk losing him this winter. Given his lack of Triple-A experience, Davis seems likely to open the 2022 season back with the Angels’ top affiliate in Salt Lake. Were he to pick up where he left off, he might soon be an option at the big league level.