Shortly after signing a minor league deal, Khris Davis joined the Triple-A Las Vegas roster this week, breaking the Oakland A’s big league roster sometimes this season. For that to happen, Davis would have to show some consistent power that shone through in the 2016-2018 season.
“It’s the bat and the power we’ve seen from him in the past,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “Sometimes you just need to go back to some performances that you have done in the past and it ignites something in you. I don’t think age is such a big deal with him at the moment. He was persistent for a long time and then there came a phase where he was not there and things fell for him. ”
Davis, 33, returned to the A’s outfit on August 4 after being released by the Texas Rangers on June 13. AK Slugger led the MLB in 2018 after hitting the outfield fence at PNC Park in Pittsburgh in May. of 2019. Davis scored two home runs in 30 games (out of 60) with the A in 2020, and was traded to the Texas Rangers as part of a deal that netted Oakland shortstop Elvis Andrus. Struggling with injuries, Davis scored two home runs and .157 runs with Rangers in 22 games before his release.
Due to the circumstances, the Las Vegas ballpark and the Triple-A West League are considered a hitter’s paradise. In the two matches since his promotion, Davis has been batting 3-for-8 with a double with the Aviators.
“Maybe coming back with my old team and some good games, who knows what could happen from there,” Melvin said. “There is no timetable or plan at the moment to bring him here. But he wanted to play for us again and we are hoping it will go well.
Nick Allen was also promoted to Las Vegas after winning a silver medal with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. Allen, 22, is considered defensively MLB-ready, with his gloves at shortstop placing him as a third-ranked prospect according to MLB’s rankings. Allen went 6-for-21 with a home run in Team USA’s run and was also named the best defensive player for the Olympic Baseball Tournament among all teams. His number A at the plate on the Olympic podium is encouraging from his perspective.
“It’s so exciting, they did something that would suggest that what you’ve experienced in a game is just as far ahead,” Melvin said. “I’ve never experienced it, it’s kind of a thing I talked to that drama for my country. And he did well, so it probably deserved that he’s in Triple-A. His glove is always Has been fantastic, can play in the big leagues now, it’s all about getting more experience off his offense and this is his first shot at Triple-A and the timing is really good for him.
elvis andras Was placed on the paternity list on Saturday morning and fielder Wimmel Machin was recalled and started at shortstop for A’s game against Rangers. Andrus is expected to return Tuesday during Oakland’s trip to Chicago to play the White Sox.
Until then, the shortstop job could shuffle between a few players. Matt Chapman can’t be one of them.
“I prefer Chapman with the workload to finish third,” Melvin said. “(Saturday) was supposed to be a day off for Chap, but with some issues, it’s not.”
Josh Harrison underwent treatment for his quadriceps strain on Friday and ran on the field on Saturday, but did not specify a return date.
Chad Pindar He will begin his rehab assignment in Las Vegas with the Aviators on Sunday. The utility player has been on the injured list since July 8 with a hamstring strain. He could play about five games in Las Vegas.