Well folks, the Ike Davis era has began in Queens effective today, April 19th, as the Mets have called him up! Davis will be in the Mets lineup tonight.
Okay, so what do we know about Ike Davis? Davis was drafted in June 2008 in the 1st round by the Mets as a college player. Ike(the son of former major leaguer Ron Davis), is 23 years old and this off-season on Baseball America top 100 2010 Prospects list Davis was ranked # 62. He had a great spring for the Mets (hit .480 in 25 AB's with 3HR and 10 RBI's) and got off to a great start in AAA as well. In 10 games in AAA Buffalo, Davis was hitting .364 with a .500 OBP with 2HR and 5 total extra base hits. Davis is considered the Mets 1B of the future and the future is now. The Daniel Murphy injury(word is out at least another month hasn't even begun running yet), has opened the door for Davis. Davis is a very good power bat and by most accounts is a blue chip prospect.
If you have a hole in your fantasy baseball lineup or if you need some more power you should be able to snag Ike Davis off your league's waiver wire or free agency. Grab him if you can but don't confuse Davis as a savior to your lineup. Keep in mind, while Davis is a really good looking prospect at this point in the season, let's not confuse Davis'bat with Jason Heyward or Mike Stanton (Fla) or Jesus Montero (Yankees). Having said that, Ike can help your team in terms of power. Hard to gage what Davis would hit average wise but I would say be conservative and think around .250. If anything, pick him up and stash on your bench just in case he pans out... then use him as trade bait later in the season!
NL King - C.Lizza