Ike Davis struck out the side in his Arizona League pitching debut
You might remember Ike Davis as a former Mets top prospect and budding young star who hit 32 home runs in 2012 as a 25-year-old. Fast forward to 2017, and Davis is reinventing himself as a pitcher in the Dodgers' farm system.
This isn't his first rodeo on the pitcher's mound. Davis was a reliever in college for an Arizona State team that went to the College World Series. He also made two scoreless, one-inning relief appearances for the A's in 2015. Moreover, his father, Ron, was an All-Star pitcher for the Yankees in 1981.
Now, as a 30-year-old, Davis is a full-time professional pitcher. Sunday, he made his debut for the AZL Dodgers and struck out the side in the sixth inning, earning a hold in his team's 13-5 win over the AZL Padres.
FanGraphs' lead prospect writer Eric Longenhagen reports that Davis' fastball was sitting 88-92 mph. That would be a tick up from the 86-87 mph heater he showed off in the videos above, so maybe Davis will find his way back to the Majors not as a power hitter, but as a crafty lefty reliever.