Zach Davies

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Zachary Ryan Davies

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Biographical Information[edit]

Starting pitcher Zach Davies began playing in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system in 2012. He was taken by the club in the 26th round of the 2011 amateur draft. Scouted by John Gillette, he signed for a $575,000 bonus.

Davies pitched for the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2012, going 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 games (17 starts). MLB.com ranked him the Orioles' 16th-best prospect entering the 2013 campaign. That year, he went 7-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 132 batters in 148 2/3 innings for the Frederick Keys. He began 2014 with the Double-A Bowie BaySox.

On July 31, 2015, he was traded straight up to the Milwaukee Brewers in return for starting major league outfielder Gerardo Parra. He was brought up to the majors for the first time in September of that year and made 6 starts, going 3-2, 3.71 and pitching 34 innings for the Brewers.

Davies played his first full major league season in 2016, making 28 starts and going 11-7, 3.97 for Milwaukee, with 135 strikeouts in 163 1/3 innings. While his season did not receive much publicity, it was quite solid given the Brewers finished 16 games below .500. With the team much improved in 2017, he emerged as one of two pitching aces on the team, alongside Jimmy Nelson, and took over that mantle by himself when Nelson went down with a season-ending shoulder injury on September 9th. The next day, he took over the major league lead for wins that season by recording #17 in a 3-1 defeat of the Chicago Cubs as Milwaukee was in a tight race for a postseason slot, vying either to overtake the Cubs for the NL Central title, or to qualify as the second wild card team. He finished the campaign at 17-9, 3.90, leading the National League with 33 starts and logging 191 1/3 innings.

The Brewers were hoping for big things out of Zach in 2018, but he had a disappointing season. He started the year slowly and was just 2-5, 5.23 in his first 8 starts before going on the disabled list on May 30th with inflammation in his right shoulder. He only returned on September 2nd, with the Brewers once again in the middle of a playoff race. He pitched better over his first 4 starts after coming back, but all he had to show for it was an 0-2 record in spite of an ERA of 3.32 over 19 innings.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2017)

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