Third baseman J.D. Davis struck out two Athletics and made a case to be the next two-way player
Third baseman J.D. Davis isn't new to this pitching thing. In fact, the Astros rookie, who was a closer at Cal State Fullerton, has nearly as much time on the mound in the Majors as he does at the hot corner.
After pitching a scoreless inning on Aug. 29, Davis was called back to the mound in the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-1 loss to the Athletics. With the second game of a doubleheader still to be played, Houston manager A.J. Hinch needed to keep his bullpen fresh, so Davis was left with the unenviable task of being a position player entering with the bases loaded.
Davis wasn't phased. The right-hander started his inning by sitting down Marcus Semien -- who had yet to make an out on the day -- with a sharp two-seamer. He then wrapped up the inning with a well-placed change that Khris Davis couldn't connect on:
Sure, in between those batters Davis walked in a run and gave up an RBI single, but hey, he still is a third baseman. And that low-90s fastball mixed with his pitching pedigree has us dreaming of the next Brooks Kieschnick.
JD Davis now has a 43% K% in @mlb. 3 strikeouts against 7 batters faced. 🔥🔥🔥😂😂😂- Daren Willman (@darenw) September 9, 2017