Right field struggles continue for Henry Davis
Right field has not been kind to Henry Davis thus far in his MLB career. Naturally a catcher, this season, between the minor and major leagues, Davis has played right field more than any other position.
Moving Davis to right field was a move that made sense. While Davis made his MLB debut before Endy Rodriguez, Endy was not far behind him. So, this was going to create a logjam at catcher. In an effort to get both of their bats into the lineup, Davis was moved to right field.
Through his first 333.1 innings in right field Davis owns a -5 Defensive Runs Saved and -4 Outs Above Average. His success rate in right field has been just 77% despite his expected success rate being 83%, giving him a success rate added of -6%.
His right field woes were on full display in Wednesday's loss. With the game tied at 5 in the 8th inning Austin Riley popped a ball up to shallow right field. The ball was one Davis needed to catch. He would have had his momentum taking him toward the plate and it would have prevented a run from scoring. However, Davis failed to call off second baseman Jared Triolo who drifted into shallow right field and caught the ball with his momentum taking him backward. This allowed Michael Harris II to tag up and score on a pop out that should not have scored a run.
On that play Davis needed to take control and call off Triolo. Triolo being very unfamilair with second base did not help on that play either. No matter how you slice things, it was an ugly play and the early returns on Davis in right field have not been good.