Three years in Kentucky didn’t take away New York from Henry Davis’ blood.

“New Yorkers don’t make excuses with stuff like that,” Davis, the Pirates’ prime catching prospect, advised Sports activities+ in a current interview as he mentioned rising up as a ballplayer in our four-season area. “Coming from New York, it’s nice that different folks can play year-round. However having that point off actually made me recognize baseball extra if you did get to play.”

Belatedly, it’s a pleasure to pay tribute, and provide some native love, to Davis, the highest total choose on this yr’s newbie draft out of Louisville and, previous to that, Fox Lane Excessive Faculty in Westchester. It’s admittedly private; I’ve recognized about Davis for a very long time because of a household connection together with his grandfather Dan Schaefer, a efficiency coach whose consumer listing contains former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. Schaefer attended the draft, July 11 in Denver, so he bought to have fun in actual time together with his grandson.

Now 22, Davis turned the second straight “1-1” to guide off the draft as a university participant after not getting popped in any respect out of highschool, following the Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson. Shocked? Me, too. The Tigers’ Casey Mize (2018) and the Nationals Stephen Strasburg (2009) additionally pulled off this feat comparatively lately.

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