According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2021 first overall pick, Henry Davis, has been promoted to Double-A Altoona. Davis was a part of a four-catcher rotation in Greensboro with Endy Rodriguez, Abrahan Gutierrez, and Eli Wilson.
The 22-year-old Davis now finds himself at a level where he will see opponents and teammates at a similar level or even higher than he currently. A big test for Davis as we now turn to the warmer months.
Pirates’ general manager Ben Cherington notably mentioned a few weeks back that he needed to see a catcher in High-A Greensboro separate themselves to the top of the pack. Davis has indeed separated himself from the pack with a .350/.448/.600 slash line in 80 at-bats.
“We know as an amateur [Davis] is an ultra-competitive guy,” said Cherington on his radio show May 8th. “He’s a hard worker and has put in a ton of work on the defensive side of the game. Davis had done nothing but confirm what we thought when we drafted him so far this season.”
Cherington also mentioned that he’s hoping someone relays the message that one of the catchers in Greensboro is ready to break off and join the Double-A team in Altoona. These comments were mere hours before the Davis news broke, so apparently, someone in the Pirates’ system got on the horn quickly.
Altoona’s next game will be Tuesday, May 10th, and it would be safe to assume that Davis will play his first game in front of those Altoona fans.