News: 3 days agoDavis has been a full participant in the Athletics summer camp thus far, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Spin: The slugger is healthy and accounted for, working out alongside his teammates and also participating in a live batting practice Tuesday against Chris Bassitt, who Davis laced a hit against according to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com. He also impressed manager Bob Melvin in Monday night's camp session with Melissa Lockard of The Athletic noting Davis "was hitting some balls out that had the type of carry" he usually achieves when making contact. The veteran will look to utilize the remainder of camp to continue getting his swing right after hitting just .176 (3-for-17) during Cactus League play.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Injuries ruined Davis' 2019, as a hip issue (from when he ran into an outfield wall on May 8) ultimately cost him eight games on the IL. Then, a hand injury resulting from his being hit by a pitch on June 27 cost him an additional three games, after which point he slashed just .189/.273/.304 with a 27.7% strikeout rate in 65 games. Before those ailments, especially in the season's first three weeks when he batted .270/.316/.689 in 19 games, Davis seemed to be the same slugger he had been in the three prior seasons. As such, it's not outrageous to expect a rebound should he report to spring training fully rested and healed. That version is a top-50-overall fantasy performer across all formats, even as a DH-only player. Keep close tabs on his progress during spring training. Since the prospect of further injuries will (and should) deflate his draft stock into the middle rounds, he might be quite the profit center.