Who is Henry Davis?

July 11th, 2021

With the top overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, Henry Davis was selected by the Pirates. But who is Henry Davis? Here's what you need to know about this year's top pick:

Primary position: C
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 210 lbs.
Bats/throws: Right/right
Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1999 (Age 21 on Draft Day)
College: Louisville
High school: Fox Lane (Bedford, NY)
Born: Bedford, NY

He's earning national recognition

Davis propelled himself into award consideration in his junior year -- he was one of three finalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, and a semifinalist in consideration for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award. (Speaking of Posey, he’s one of Davis’ big league comps.)

He has big league experience (kind of)

Davis spent his COVID-19 offseason in his hometown of Bedford, NY, and in an attempt to get some work in, reached out to Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino and offered to catch their bullpen sessions. They each accepted, and Ottavino went even further, connecting Davis with Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka, who gave him advice on improving his defense and receiving.

He knocks the cover off the ball

Almost literally. Davis’ maximum exit velocity in 2020 was 109.7, which was in the 95th percentile among college hitters. His average exit velocity was 92.7 mph, which placed him in the 90th percentile. Only two players who went on to be drafted in the first two rounds of the 2020 Draft ranked above him: Aaron Sabato, 27th overall pick by the Twins, and Spencer Torkelson, whom the Tigers took first.

He’ll steal a few bags

Catchers aren’t well known for their speed, and Davis is no exception. However, he’s still reached double digits in stolen bases in 2021, due to his ability to pick his spots.

He has a cannon

Davis’ highest-touted tool is his arm, graded a 70 by MLB Pipeline -- and with good reason. In his first two college seasons, he threw out 34% of attempted base-stealers, and in his junior year he’s turned it up a notch, with his caught-stealing percentage hovering around 50%.