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Mets Predictions: J.D. Davis should and will have a long career in NYC

JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 20: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets runs the bases after his second inning two run home run against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on August 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We remember J.D. Davis for one monster season

I don’t think Davis will become one of those Mets players who has his name enshrined at the ballpark or in any history books. This doesn’t mean the time he spends calling Citi Field home will be wasted. Rather, I expect one monstrous season from him before he becomes a free agent.

What Davis did in 2019 gave a sneak preview of what he’s capable of. Whether it’s a 40+ home run season with a .300+ batting average or maybe a year where he drives in a ridiculous number of runs, I think Davis has one very memorable season in store for us sometime between now and when free agency comes calling.

I think Davis will become something of a Todd Hundley, Bernard Gilkey, or even Lance Johnson in Mets history. Those three all had outstanding offensive seasons in 1996 which remained outliers in their time with the ball club.

Davis should do something similar. With a full season to play, I hate to put any kind of limit on what he’s capable of.

I won’t predict an MVP for Davis or even an All-Star appearance. Even the latter, while far more common, is a tough feat to reach.

This shouldn’t change our perception of Davis over time. His career will not be defined by major awards. Instead, it’s one very fat statistical season highlighted in bold that I think we will see from him before it’s all over with.

The 2019 season was only the beginning of what Davis has to offer in Major League Baseball. I’ll admit, I’m a mark for him. Something about a guy who can hit for average and power while not striking out a lot catches my eye.

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It won’t take long for Davis to add to his resume and continue to hit more than just dingers.

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