Enough was mercifully enough for the New York Mets and their once-slugging first baseman Ike Davis on Sunday, as yet another hitless performance prompted the organization to finally demote to Triple-A Las Vegas a guy who blasted 32 home runs last season. It’s quite a fall from grace for a player who was chosen in the top 100 of ESPN live drafts (96th overall, to be exact), but I have to admit, I won’t be at all surprised when he’s back helping fantasy owners again soon.
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Ike Davis could be worth the gamble when he returns from his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Put simply, any power hitter dragging a batting average on the wrong side of .200 is someone I generally inquire about buying low on for deeper leagues, because it’s rare that a player completes a full season with such an ugly mark. In fact, Carlos Pena was the only hitter qualified for the batting title to hit below .200 last year, and he and Mark Reynolds achieved this ignominy in 2010. It’s not common. Adam Dunn didn’t qualify when he hit .164 in 2011, but you get the point. All these players bring power potential, and that includes the intriguing Davis. Yes, I wanted no part of him in any league Saturday, but now that he’s demoted, you can buy low in an NL-only format or deep mixed because the skill set is a proven one.