Former Woodchuck J.D. Davis Debuts with the Astros
Davis is the 183rd former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB
Rochester, Minn. – Former Wisconsin Woodchucks infielder, J.D. Davis, made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Davis is the 183rd former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.
Davis, who played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton, played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in 2012. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
In 2012 with the Woodchucks, Davis played in 25 games and hit .344 with five doubles, three home runs, 26 RBI and two stolen bases.
Davis started his Minor League career in 2014 with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. After 30 games, he was promoted to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Lo-A Midwest League. Between the two teams he hit a combined .293 with 13 home runs, 16 doubles and 38 runs scored. He also stole five bases and drove in 52 runs.
Davis spent the 2015 season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Hi-A California League. Over 120 games he hit .289 with 28 doubles, three triples and 26 home runs. He also drove in 101 runs, stole five bases and scored 93 runs.
Davis was promoted again for the 2016 season to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the AA Eastern League. In 126 games with the Hooks he hit .268 with a career high 34 doubles. He also had 23 home runs and drove in 81 runs.
Prior to his call-up to Houston, Davis had played in 87 games for Corpus Christi before a promotion to the Fresno Grizzlies of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Between the two clubs he hit a combined .279 with 23 doubles, 25 home runs, 58 runs scored and 76 RBI.
In his Major League debut against the Toronto Blue Jays, Davis started the game at third base. He would single in his second at bat, for his first Major League hit, to the shortstop Ryan Goins who coincidentally played in the Northwoods League with the Waterloo Bucks. Davis would finish the game 1 for 4.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 180 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.