Zachary Ryan Davies (born February 7, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zach Davies
Davies with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2024
Kansas City Royals
Born: (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 31)
Puyallup, Washington, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2015, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2023 season)
Win–loss record60–58
Earned run average4.36
Career highlights and awards

The Baltimore Orioles selected Davies in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Davies appeared in the All-Star Futures Game in 2015, and later that year was traded to the Brewers. He made his MLB debut for Milwaukee in 2015, and was traded to the Padres after the 2019 season. The Padres traded Davies to the Cubs after the 2020 season.

Amateur career edit

Davies grew up near Seattle before moving to Arizona when he was seven, where he attended Mesquite High School, in Gilbert, Arizona.[1] He played for the school's baseball team initially as a middle infielder, becoming a pitcher in his junior year.[2]

Professional career edit

Baltimore Orioles edit

The Baltimore Orioles selected Davies in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Davies signed with the Orioles, forgoing his commitment to Arizona State University for a $575,000 signing bonus.[2][3]

Davies made his professional debut with the Delmarva Shorebirds of the Single–A South Atlantic League in 2012, where he pitched to a 3.86 earned run average (ERA). He had a 3.69 ERA for the Frederick Keys of the High–A Carolina League in 2013.[4] In 2014, he pitched for the Bowie Baysox of the Double–A Eastern League.[5][6] For Bowie, Davies pitched to a 3.35 ERA.[4] He represented the Orioles in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.[7] Davies began the 2015 season with the Norfolk Tides of the Triple–A International League,[8] and was chosen to represent the Orioles at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game.[9][10] With Norfolk, Davies pitched to a 2.84 ERA in 19 games.[4]

Milwaukee Brewers edit

On July 31, 2015, the Orioles traded Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for Gerardo Parra.[11] The Brewers assigned Davies to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Triple–A Pacific Coast League,[4] with whom he was 1–2 with a 5.00 ERA,[12] and promoted him to make his major league debut on September 2.[13] In 2016 with Milwaukee, Davies pitched to a 3.97 ERA in 28 games. In 2017, Davies carried a 3.90 ERA in 33 games.

In 2018, Davies pitched in 13 games for the Brewers, and was 2–7 with a 4.77 ERA, as with three minor league teams he was 2–4 with a 4.40 ERA.[12] In 2019, Davies had a 3.55 ERA in 31 games for Milwaukee.

San Diego Padres edit

On November 27, 2019, the Brewers traded Davies, Trent Grisham, and cash considerations or a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Luis Urías and Eric Lauer.[14]

In 2020, Davies was 7–4 with a 2.73 ERA.[15] He tied Max Fried in wins for second-most in the NL, behind the 8 wins of league leader Yu Darvish.[15]

Chicago Cubs edit

On December 29, 2020, the Padres traded Davies, Owen Caissie, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, and Ismael Mena to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Yu Darvish and catcher Víctor Caratini.[16][17] On June 24, 2021, Davies pitched a combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Craig Kimbrel.[18] He was named a finalist for the 2021 NL Gold Glove Award at pitcher, but it was won by Max Fried.[19] Davies elected free agency following the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks edit

On March 24, 2022, Davies signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with a mutual option with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[20] On November 7, Davies declined his mutual option with Arizona and became a free agent.[21]

On January 11, 2023, Davies re-signed with the Diamondbacks on a one-year, $5 million contract.[22] In 18 starts for Arizona, he struggled to a 2–5 record and 7.00 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 82+13 innings pitched.[23] On September 27, Davies was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks.[24] He was released on September 29.

Kansas City Royals edit

On February 16, 2024, Davies signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[25] He was released on March 22 when he didn't make the team's Opening Day roster.[26]

On April 8, 2024, Davies signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.[27]

Personal life edit

Davies married Megan White on December 3, 2016.[28] They were divorced in May 2022

References edit

  1. ^ "Get to Know: Brewers pitcher Zach Davies". Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Mesquite's Davies continues to impress in Futures Game". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mesquite pitcher, ASU commit Zach Davies goes pro – Varsity Xtra". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Melewski, Steve (July 31, 2015). "A look at Zach Davies and a take on Gerardo Parra (Davies quote)". MASN. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Davies extends scoreless streak to 19 innings". Baltimore Orioles. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Baltimore Orioles prospect Zach Davies hurls third straight scoreless start for Bowie Baysox – News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Bowie Baysox pitcher Zach Davies defying baseball conventions with rapid rise". Capital Gazette. August 23, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Baltimore Sun (April 13, 2015). "Left-hander Zach Davies shines in first Triple-A start; other Norfolk arms struggle in 2015 debuts". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Zach Davies to represent O's at Futures Game". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Tides' Davies to play in prestigious minor-league showcase". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Baltimore Orioles get Gerardo Parra from Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitching prospect Zach Davies". July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Zach Davies Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History".
  13. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (September 1, 2015). "Zach Davies didn't let small size stop him". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Adam McCalvy (November 27, 2019). "Crew acquires Urias, Lauer in deal with Padres". Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Zach Davies Stats".
  16. ^ "Cubs keep 'eye on the future' with Yu trade". December 30, 2020.
  17. ^ "Cubs nab ranked quartet from Padres".
  18. ^ Garcia, Megan (June 25, 2021). "Cubs combine to throw record-tying no-hitter". Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  19. ^ "Gold Glove 2021 winners". Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  20. ^ "Davies signing adds starting pitcher depth to D-backs". Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  21. ^ "Source: D-backs bring back starter Zach Davies on $5M, 1-year deal". Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  22. ^ "D-BACKS AGREE TO TERMS WITH ZACH DAVIES ON A 1-YEAR CONTRACT". Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  23. ^ "Zach Davies DFA'ed, Justin Martinez Called Up". Retrieved September 27, 2023.
  24. ^ "Diamondbacks' Zach Davies: Designated for assignment". Retrieved September 27, 2023.
  25. ^ "Nationals Sign Zach Davies To Minors Contract". MLB Trade Rumors. February 17, 2024.
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  27. ^ "Royals' Zach Davies: Headed to Kansas City". Retrieved April 8, 2024.
  28. ^ "Brewlyweds: Nelson, Davies Celebrate Offseason Weddings". January 9, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

External links edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by No-hit game
June 24, 2021
(with Tepera, Chafin & Kimbrel)
Succeeded by