Mets prospect Davis building up power 

October, 23, 2009
With Carlos Delgado now a free agent, I've been asked quite a few questions about New York Mets first-base prospect Ike Davis, and how close he is to being ready for the big leagues.

Davis was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Arizona State. The big 6-foot-5 lefty failed to hit a homer in 215 at-bats in the New York-Penn league that year, which was very disappointing for someone whose main asset is supposed to be power. However, he was battling an oblique injury so we can overlook that a bit, especially since he put up good numbers in a 2009 season split evenly between high Class A and Double-A. For the season, Davis hit .298 with 31 doubles, 21 homers and a .524 slugging percentage.

"I thought I had a better plan at the plate, and a better idea of what to do," Davis said. "I learned to drive the ball better and let my swing do the work, instead of overswinging. I'd like to cut down on the strikeouts a little bit [112 in 114 games], but if you're going to be a future power hitter that's not so bad. Big leaguers that are home run hitters strike out."