William Theron Davis III...Is a 2011 graduate of Dixon (NC) High School, where he went 25-4 with a 1.67 ERA, five no-hitters and 422 strikeouts in 209.1 innings...His high school uniform #24 has been retired...His dad, Billy, played and loved baseball so he gave him the nickname "Rookie" knowing he would be his only son and hoping he would play baseball too.
Spent most of the season on Cincinnati's 60-day disabled list recovering from right hip surgery performed on 10/9/17...Made nine rehab appearances, including five starts, from 7/26 to 8/25 with the Arizona League Reds, Single-A Daytona and Double-A Pensacola... Was returned from rehab, reinstated from the D.L., cleared waivers and outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on 8/27
Left his last appearance, a start on 9/20 vs StL, after 3.0 innings with an impingement in his right hip...didn't pitch again the rest of the season...on 10/9 had surgery to repair the labrum and to remove a bone spur in his right hip (Dr. Bryan Kelly)...began the year as 1 of 7 rookies on the Reds' Opening Day roster and, surrounding a 14-day stint on the disabled list (bruised right forearm), made 5 starts (1-2, 7.58) before he was optioned to Louisville on 5/10...with the exception of 2 AZL Reds rehab starts (upper back strain) and 3 starts at Pensacola, spent the rest of the minor league season with Louisville before returning to the Reds as a September callup...in September for the Reds made 1 relief appearance and then a start before his season ended with the hip injury...on 4/6 vs Phi, made his Major League debut alongside batterymate C Stuart Turner...for the first time in franchise history, since 1869, the Reds' starting pitcher and catcher debuted in the same game...has occurred many times in the majors, most recently in 2008 by the Nationals, who started P Shairon Martis and C Luke Montz on 9/4 at Atl...in his debut on 4/6 vs Phi, doubled off Clay Buchholz in his first plate appearance, the first Reds pitcher with an extra-base hit in his first career at bat since Don Gullett tripled on 4/16/70 off LA's Fred Norman (Gullett walked in his first career plate appearance)...struck out his first career batter faced, Phi's Cesar Hernandez...earned his first Major League victory in his fourth start, on 5/3 vs Pit threw 5.0 scoreless innings (7-2 win, 4h, 3bb, 2k)...in a start on 4/11 at Pit, was hit on the right forearm by a Jameson Taillon pitch that led to the 2-week stint on the Reds' disabled list...from 5/28-7/3 was on Louisville's disabled list with an upper back strain.
Spent the season at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville, where in 23 starts and 1 relief appearance combined he went 10-5, 3.82...among all Reds minor league pitchers ranked third in wins and ninth in ERA...spent most of May on Pensacola's disabled list with a strained right groin...began and ended the season with Pensacola...from 8/5-8/29 made all 5 of his apps for Louisville...attended his first Major League spring training camp...entered the season rated by MLB.com the Reds' eighth-best prospect...prior to his December 2015 trade had been rated the Yankee organization's sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and 10th-best by MLB.com.
Spent the season at Class A Tampa and Class AA Trenton, where in 24 starts and 1 relief appearance he combined to finish 8-7, 3.86 while ranking second among all Yankees farmhands with 129 strikeouts in 130.2 innings (132h, 26bb)...in November was added to NYY's 40-man roster.