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Rising Star Leading the Orioles

Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by in MLB

Despite earning their first playoff berth since 1997 a season ago, the Baltimore Orioles entered the 2013 season without a lot of fanfare. The Yankees and Red Sox always dominate talk in the division, the Rays have turned into a consistent contender, and the Blue Jays made headlines with several massive trades. However, the Orioles continue to show that 2012 was not a fluke, and are right in the thick of the Al East race, largely behind the powerful bat of Chris Davis. The slugging first baseman may very well be the AL MVP favorite through the first half of the season, seemingly coming out of nowhere to post gaudy numbers. But his road to his current stardom was not a smooth one, as he had to endure a number of bumps along the way. Davis was drafted twice before signing with the Texas Rangers in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft. After being brought up to the Rangers in 2008, he struggled to gain any traction with the big league club, bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors for several seasons. In 2011, he was part of a trade to Baltimore, and seemed destined to become an afterthought at the major league level.

After a fairly successful first full season in Baltimore in 2012, Davis began this season on an incredible hot streak, setting an MLB record with 16 RBI’s through the first four games, as well as becoming the fourth player in MLB history to record four home runs in the first four games of the season. Davis just recently hit his 100th career home run, and is currently leading the majors with 26 HRs. He is also batting an impressive .337 with a .413 on-base percentage, 66 RBIs and 23 doubles.

While Davis always had the power to produce these eye-popping numbers, his approach at the plate had always lacked. However, he appears to have it figured out this season, and while he still strikes out a fair amount, he is making contact at a much higher rate. The move away from his home state may have also helped Davis’ focus, as he does not have the distractions that come with being a sports star near where you are from. If Davis can continue to crush the ball at this pace, the Orioles will remain one of the most dangerous offenses in all of baseball, giving them a chance to contend in the ultra-competitive AL East.

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