J.D. Davis is a darkhorse candidate for right field next year
J.D. Davis has played more innings as a pitcher than a right fielder in his major league career. The position-less man with a good bat, moving him to right field would be a project but also one to open up a few new opportunities.
We all know the Mets have zero plans of keeping Davis as their third baseman for the next several years. They have prospects they really like who can play the position. His reputation as a poor defender at the hot corner with only flashes of genius with the glove should have him in perpetual motion.
Davis should never get comfortable in the field until he shows he can play defense at an above-average rate for a lengthy period of time. Unable to accomplish this thus far, could trying him out in right field work?
I think it’s far more likely that we see Davis traded this winter than actually start on Opening Day in right field for the 2022 Mets. With him, though, I never want to rule anything out.
Davis has surprised everyone with what a terrific hitter he was in 2019 and has continued to be even with a somewhat disappointing campaign in 2020. Nobody’s favorite choice to play right field, if he remains with the Mets, at least this can give them a chance to also consider some other third basemen out there.