HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of third baseman J.D. Davis, who was selected in the third round of the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The official announcement was made by Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias.
Davis and Elias will be made available to the media in the press conference room at 3:00 p.m. Davis and A.J. Reed (2014 second round pick) will take batting practice with the Major League team today at Minute Maid Park.
The 21-year-old Davis (6-3, 220) hit .338 (80x237) with 16 doubles, six homers, 43 RBI and a .942 OPS (.419 OBP/.523 SLG) during his junior season at Cal State Fullerton this year. A two time All-Big West First Team selection, a 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star and the MVP of the 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, Davis ranked second in the conference in hits and doubles, and third in homers this past season. A two-way player for the Titans, Davis went 2-3 with a 2.66 ERA (6ER/20.1IP) and 22 strikeouts in 14 games on the mound this year.
"JD had a stellar career at one of college baseball's top programs, and has impressed our staff with his offensive potential and defensive versatility", said Elias. "As his pitching exploits have demonstrated, JD has plus arm strength, and we have seen him at third base enough over the years that we are optimistic about his ability to develop there. But wherever he is playing, he brings a middle-of-the-order bat to the lineup and another accomplished hitter to our system"