Four years ago, Chris Davis was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 50th round of the June amateur draft. A third baseman out of Longview High School in Longview, Texas, he was the 1,496th overall selection. Only two players were selected behind him: a high school second baseman named Garrett Lingle and a righthanded pitcher from Cochise County Community College named Eric Gonzalez.
Three years ago, Chris Davis was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 35th round of the June amateur draft. A third baseman out of Navarro College in Texas, he was the 1,063rd overall selection.
Two years ago, Chris Davis was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the June amateur draft A first baseman out of Navarro College in Texas, he was the 148th overall selection.
One year ago, Chris Davis hit .297/.343/.534 with 36 homeruns and 118 RBI between the High A and AA affiliates for the Rangers. He also struck out 150 times and made 34 errors at third base.
Two months ago, Chris Davis was promoted from AA Frisco, where he was hitting .333/.376/.618 with 13 homeruns in 46 games, to AAA Oklahoma, where he hit .333/.402/.685 with 10 homeruns in 31 games.
Last night, Chris Davis was called up by the Rangers.
Tonight, Chris Davis is likely to make his major league debut. That’s a long way to go in four years.
If I was him, I’d ask for uniform number 50. Or 1,496.