The waiting is over. The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting catcher Henry Davis to the big leagues prior to Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed to Pittsburgh Baseball Now.
Davis, 23, was selected by the Pirates out of the University of Louisville with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Davis began this season with Double-A Altoona and was recently promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis where he has continued to perform well at the plate.
Between the two levels this year, Davis has slashed .284/.433/.541 with 10 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and nine steals in 51 games.
Primarily a catcher, Davis has spent the bulk of his professional career behind the plate but has also started to play right field. He’s appeared in 35 games at catcher and 13 games in right on the year.
According to MLB Pipeline, Davis is considered the Pirates’ third-best prospect and is ranked as the No. 44 prospect in all of baseball.
Davis has above-average offensive tools and carries an elite arm which plays either behind the plate or from right field.
With a full 26-man roster, the Pirates will need to make a corresponding move before Davis’ callup can become official.