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Arizona State Freshman Passes on MLB, Signs with Larks

BISMARCK, ND – The Bismarck Larks will welcome Arizona State freshman, Colby Davis, for the 2018 Season.

“I have playing ever since I could pick up a ball,” Davis told the Larks. “I remember all my Little League baseball games and meeting some great people.”

Davis, a 6’8’’ 225lbs. right-handed pitcher from Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the top freshman arms for Head Coach Tracy Smith at Arizona State. While at Chaparral High School, Davis finished with a 7-2 record and a 3.51 ERA in 25 appearances (17 starts). Davis was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, but elected to attend Arizona State. He was rated #11 right-handed pitcher and #33 overall player in the state of Arizona. He drew in a Top-500 rating in the nation by Perfect Game. Davis was names a 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention and West All-Region Second Team.

“Davis is the type of arm I am excited to have be a part of the Larks organization,” said Larks Head Coach Sean Repay. “There is a reason the Yankees took him in the middle rounds of the draft knowing he would attend ASU. I expect Davis to be a mainstay in the rotation for us. He is a high character young man with an incredibly high ceiling of talent.”

Outside of baseball, Davis is eager to experience what North Dakota has to offer. “I am looking forward to a new adventure,” he said on signing with the Larks. “I am excited to travel all around the north and represent the Northwoods League.”

In his free time Davis loves to fish and spend time with friends and family. He can solve a Rubik’s cube in one minute.

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The Bismarck Larks are a proud affiliate of the Northwoods League, the proven leader in development of elite college baseball players. The Larks mission is to use FUN to make a difference in the lives of our families, businesses, players, and communities we serve. This is accomplished with a commitment to putting fans first and providing high quality family entertainment at affordable prices. In 2017, the Larks sold out 27 of their 36 home games in Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field, and were named the Northwoods League’s Organization of the Year.

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 185 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). 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.