Florida Gators, 12th round pick of the Minnesota Twins, standout relief pitcher for the Quebec Capitales, and now an All-Star for the Dunedin Blue Jays.
It’s not your conventional route, but Tony Davis is one of literally hundreds of professional players that continue to work 365 days a year hoping to get that call saying they have been promoted to the Major Leagues.
His career got sidetracked after three successful seasons in the Minnesota Twins minor league system where he made it up to New Britain. He had a 2.51 ERA in 44 appearances with the Twins’ AA affiliate from 2009 to 2011 (courtesy Baseball Reference).
He was released following the 2011 season, but signed with the Quebec Capitales of the Independent Can-Am League.
That could have been devastating for most, but Davis continued to push through. Used as left-handed specialist out of the bullpen, Davis put together some staggering numbers; 1.06 ERA in 20 games and struck out 16 in 17 innings.
That performance caught the eye of Toronto Blue Jays scouts resulting in a minor league deal prior to the 2013 season. Since, Davis has taken this opportunity and has run with it.
Davis, along with four other Blue Jays (Scott Copeland, Andy Burns, Blake McFarland, & Jesse Hernandez) represented the North Division at the Florida State League All-Star Game.
At the All-Star break, Davis was as dominant as anyone. According to Our Sports Central, he was holding left-handers to a .150 batting average, with 15 strikeouts and only four walks. Right-handed batters were having their own problems, batting .227 with 21 strikeouts and seven walks.
Post All-Star break, Davis’ numbers are even better. In six appearances, he has 11 strikeouts in nine innings, and has a 2.00 ERA while picking up a victory in the process.
In his first season with the Jays, he has a very impressive 4-1 record, and an ERA just over 3.00 (3.06) in 29 appearances. This “submariner” is holding opponents to a .211 batting average with an eye-popping 52 strikeouts in 35 innings (Statistics courtesy MiLB).
Whatever league or class you may be in, Davis is putting up numbers that any organization would be proud of. Now five years into his professional career, he has faced highs and lows, but continues to go about his business with a winning mentality.
“It’s amazing what you can do when you feel like you have nothing to lose. I hope I get to see Double A later this summer but either way I’m gonna keep going out there and attacking”.
Good things happen to good people. His numbers are proof of that.