Second baseman Mason Davis started 2018 at the double-A level with the Jumbo Shrimp for the first time.
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Frederick Mason Davis is a 5’9″, 160 lb. right-handed throwing switch-hitting second baseman from Conyers, Georgia. Only two players have originated out of Conyers, outfielder Tyler Austin and pitcher Buck Farmer.
Davis was born on this date in 1993, and attended Redan HS in Stone Mountain, Georgia before joining The Citadel for his college ball. In three seasons in the Southern Conference, Davis slashed .294/.350/.392 in 175 games, with nine homers, 74 RBI, and 63 stolen bases in 82 attempts. In the 2014 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, the Miami Marlins chose Davis in the 19th round. Follow him on Twitter @_Maeday20.
After coming to terms, Davis was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. In 56 games, he slashed .319/.393/.468, with 29 RBI and nine stolen bases. He was named to the NYPL midseason All-Star Team. Later, he got a short first-look at single-A with the South Atlantic League’s Greensboro Grasshoppers, going seven-for-27 in seven games.
2015 would see Davis rejoin the Grasshoppers, and slash .255/.311/.365 in 86 games. He hit 11 doubles, four triples, and an affiliated career-best six home runs with 29 RBI. He swiped 19 bags in 28 attempts, and drew first base nine times by way of HBP. Defensively, Davis played at all three outfield positions, but spent most of the season at second base. He racked up a .952 fielding percentage at the four-spot, with a solid 4.29 range factor. Here’s Davis showing a good eye, courtesy of J.E. Brown:
In 2016, Davis missed all but 11 games with the Grasshoppers, going nine-for-37 in limited action due to injury. He resumed with Greensboro the following year, and slashed .248/.303/.376 in 31 games before getting promoted to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. In his first look at the higher level, he hit .255/.309/.339 in 46 games, with seven walks and 39 strikeouts. Between the two levels, he stole 12 bases in 15 attempts.
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2018 would see Davis open the season with the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. In his first 14 games, he went 13-for-44 with nine extra base hits and a pair of stolen bases. His .879 OPS was the highest of his career to that point. He then joined the Hammerheads for three games near the beginning of May, going two-for-12.
After his short detour to Jupiter, Davis rejoined the Shrimp and hit just .133 over 23 games. The Miami Marlins released him on June 15th.
Davis went on to join the Kansas City T-Bones in the independent American Association, and hit .319/.347/.492 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 63 games. He also impressed with 26 stolen bases in 30 tries, an 87 percent success rate. Currently a free agent, Davis is eligible to sign with any team as Spring Training approaches, affiliated or otherwise.
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