After J.D. Davis exceeded all exceptions the New York Mets had for him in his first season with the club, his role with the team in 2020 should be a hot topic this offseason.
Arguably the biggest surprise of the New York Mets 2019 season was the performance of J.D. Davis. Originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft, Davis had two brief stints with the big league club in 2017 and 2018 before being dealt to the Mets this past offseason.
Originally intended to be a right-handed bench player and occasional spot starter, Davis capitalized on his opportunity to become an everyday player after a series of injuries to key players plagued the team throughout the season.
Primarily a third baseman for the majority of his professional career, after injuries to Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith in the outfield, Davis became a fixture in left field for New York in 2019, starting more games at the position than any other player this year.
While he hasn’t been a premier defender, JD has more than made up for it with his bat, quickly establishing himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the Mets’ lineup, capable of hitting for both power and average.
Going into Saturday’s game against the Phillies, Davis has appeared in 121 games for the Mets, hitting .307 with a .371 OBP, hitting 18 home runs with 49 RBI. His 18 home runs are tied for third-best on the team.
After such a successful debut season with the Mets, Davis has certainly forced himself into New York’s plans for the next season and beyond.
The only question is: What will Davis’ role be with the Mets in 2020?