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Wade Davis from Rays fan




I know there's been positive reviews of Davis by Rays fans here, and they've been met with anger and disgust by Royals fans, but I really think in a few months when you guys have settled down from your initial reaction and the early parts of the season begin you'll be pleasantly surprised.

The biggest misconception among Royals fans that I've seen is that you take what Davis is in the hierarchy of the Rays pitching system and devalue him when trying to slot him into your staff. You do this by assuming his role in the Rays system and his progression here is similar to that of the average staff around baseball. Problem is the Rays don't have the typical depth of a ML staff. Theyve been loaded and backed up and blocking ML ready arms for the past 4-5 years due to incredible depth. Wade Davis was a reliver for the Rays for the entirety of the 2012 season, but would've been a starting pitcher for the entire year in any of 26-27 of the other staffs in baseball, More than likely as a middle of the rotation guy on many staffs

Leaving Tampa a few spring trainings ago, Jason Hammel was the 7th or 8th best SP in town yet he's outperformed what many thought he could once he moved onto other organizations where he wasn't blocked. Edwin Jackson was the 6th or 7th best SP on our staff and has bounced around on several solid staffs as a quality back of the rotation arm. Jake McGee was blocked with no open slots in the rotation in sight, and converted to a reliever once Tommy John surgery made that decision easy for the team. Even in the past 12-18 months theres been several ML ready arms OTHER than Davis blocked in this organization: Colome, Cobb, Archer, and Jeff Niemann once returning from injury at the end of 2012.

Wade Davis is young, under control for cheap for 5 years, and every bit capable of being a very good 3/4 in your rotation. Heck, Jason Hammel was an ace last year in Baltimore and showed half the potential in Tampa that Davis has shown, so you have a lot more upside here than you realize.

I'd take it as a reason to be VERY excited that you got the 6th/7th best SP in Tampa's rotation as somewhat of a throw in. Instead you guys take it as if you got the 6th/7th best in Colorado's rotation or some hack bullpen guy from a pitching staff with no talent or track record

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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