The Pittsburgh Pirates have fallen off a bit since their impressive (and unexpected) start to the 2023 campaign.
However, it has been more like a slight decline than a complete collapse; an indication that this team is actually not that far from actually contending.
At 38-42, they are still in third place of their division, the NL Central, and 4.5 games out of first place.
One of the reasons they have been able to hang in there has been catcher Henry Davis.
Davis, the No. 1 pick of the 2021 MLB Draft, made his debut a few weeks ago and has been a godsend for the Pirates.
In fact, he is actually getting better and better with each game.
“Henry Davis has himself a seven-game hitting streak, including three straight multihit games! The @Pirates‘ second-ranked prospect (MLB No. 30) is slashing .351/.415/.486 after today’s career-high three hits,” MLB Pipeline tweeted.
Henry Davis has himself a seven-game hitting streak, including three straight multihit games!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 29, 2023
Three straight multi-hit games is not too shabby.
He has one home run for the season and a 4.9% walk rate and 24.4% strikeout rate.
Both could use some improvement, but that will likely happen over time.
For now, we can say Davis is one of the more dynamic players on the Pirates roster.
For the first time in what seems like forever, the Pirates are actually doing win-now things; like extending star player Bryan Reynolds and calling up Davis.
The best, however, is yet to come.
The organization has three impact players in the minors: one of them is still too far off, Termarr Johnson, and two of them can contribute this season: Endy Rodriguez and Quinn Priester.
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