Khris Davis
Khris Davis
31-Year-Old DHDH
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
This is a piece of cake. Davis will hit .247 with 40-something homers. Plus, he'll no longer be referred to as Khris with a K -- the other guy will be called Chris with a C. What Davis has done is remarkable, hitting .247 each of the past four seasons. More importantly, he's hit more homers one season to the next throughout his six-year career. Expecting him to top 2018's career-high of 48 is optimistic, but he should again be among the league leaders. He's posted a HR/FB of at least 24.1% the last four years, with a flyball rate over 40%. His average is capped with a strikeout rate around 27%, but you're not rostering Davis for average. He'll begin the season eligible at utility only in most leagues, but could possibly pick up outfield eligibility, though the A's only play three interleague games before July 30. Try to build in flexibility elsewhere in your lineup. Davis' consistency and reliability are worth tying up your UT spot with an early draft pick or aggressive bid. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Athletics in April of 2019.
Returns to lineup in loss
DHOakland Athletics
September 28, 2019
Davis (illness) went 0-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.
Davis was back in the lineup Friday after a two-game absence due to the stomach flu. The veteran slugger had gone 3-for-8 with a double, a home run and two RBI over the two games prior to falling ill, but he's still hitting a middling .208 in September as he wraps up an underwhelming regular season overall.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .838 476 69 29 79 0 .238 .347 .491
Since 2017vs Right .805 1363 181 85 227 4 .239 .310 .494
2019vs Left .918 150 25 11 25 0 .285 .380 .538
2019vs Right .589 383 36 12 48 0 .197 .258 .330
2018vs Left .811 177 24 11 31 0 .219 .328 .483
2018vs Right .897 477 74 37 92 0 .256 .325 .572
2017vs Left .786 149 20 7 23 0 .213 .336 .451
2017vs Right .886 503 71 36 87 4 .257 .336 .550
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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .819 916 130 58 157 1 .234 .318 .501
Since 2017Away .808 923 120 56 149 3 .244 .322 .486
2019Home .542 271 24 9 31 0 .172 .247 .295
2019Away .821 262 37 14 42 0 .270 .340 .481
2018Home .952 310 50 23 58 0 .269 .355 .597
2018Away .806 344 48 25 65 0 .227 .299 .506
2017Home .927 335 56 26 68 1 .253 .340 .587
2017Away .799 317 35 17 42 3 .241 .331 .468
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How does Khris Davis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pop quiz: who’s the only batter to slug at least 40 homers in each of the last two seasons? With 42 in 2016 and 43 last year, Davis’ 85 homers are second to Giancarlo Stanton’s 86 in that span. The problem is, Davis fanned 361 times over that time, second only to his homonym counterpart, Chris Davis (414). Perhaps because pitchers were working him more carefully, Khris with a K registered a career-best 11 percent walk rate, rendering him a little more valuable in on-base or points formats. While he doesn’t have ample plate appearances to say he’s a reverse split hitter, it’s curious that Davis hits righties better than lefties, especially last season. Though, that opens an avenue for improvement if he can benefit more from the usual platoon advantage. Aside from excessive strikeouts, Davis’ other bugaboo is fielding as the metrics are not favorable. Entering his age-30 campaign, Davis could see more time at designated hitter.
Davis lived up to his power-first reputation, finishing tied for third in the league in home runs last year. He ranked second with a 26.6 percent HR/FB rate, smacking 19 of his big flies at home in what is perennially a pitchers' park. Lesson: Don't doubt his power. But what about everything else? For starters, he hasn't topped a .247 batting average in the past three years. Though he hits the ball hard, the fact that not many of his connections turn into groundballs or line drives does little to help. He also performs below average in just about every contact and plate discipline metric -- he had the highest swinging-strike rate in the majors (16.6 percent), which leaves his average and OBP up to luck. At least he'll continue hitting in the middle of the order to bolster his RBI chances. Fantasy owners will have a tough time finding better one- or two-category players, but Davis' limitations are very apparent and 2016 may have been his ceiling.
Davis' 2015 campaign is yet another reminder that big-time power can be very streaky. He managed just one home run through May 7 and had just a .209/.305/.308 line as it looked like the former non-prospect was turning back into a pumpkin, but Davis caught fire the rest of the way, slamming 26 home runs and posting a .259/.328/.565 line that led to the A's acquiring him to improve the heart of their order. Perhaps most encouraging about his 2015 season was that Davis, who was poor against right-handed pitching in 2014, tagged righties for an .864 OPS last season. He showed a weird reverse split, but that shouldn't be expected to hold, as he only took 118 plate appearances against southpaws in 2015, hardly enough to gain any predictive insight. Look for Davis to split time between left field and DH in Oakland. He will be in a worse hitting environment, but his playing time should remain steady.
Davis saw regular playing time last season for the first time, and he displayed impressive power with 37 doubles and 22 home runs. He has work to do in the on-base department and he strikes out far too often, but he has legitimate power for a corner outfielder. Davis lost playing time against right-handed starters after the Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra last season, and it’s likely the two will split the left field duties in some fashion in 2015 if Parra remains in tow. As a result, it's at least possible Davis could see closer to 400 at-bats this season than the 501 he received in 2014.
Ryan Braun’s suspension was a black mark on the Brewers’ 2013 campaign, but a silver lining was found in the form of Davis. Although he was never really considered a top prospect, Davis showed impressive power in the minors, and he put that on display at the big league level by hitting nine home runs and posting a .972 OPS over 124 plate appearances after Aug. 1. The performance led the Brewers to trade Norichika Aoki and move Ryan Braun to right field during the offseason, which opens up a regular spot in left for Davis. He provides fantasy intrigue based on his power alone.
A middling prospect entering the season, Davis earned a spot on the Brewers' 40-man roster by posting an impressive .350/.451/.604 line in 82 games across three levels last season. The Brewers' crowded outfield will make it difficult for Davis to earn a regular spot over the next couple years, but another strong season could solidify him as a prospect and help his trade value.
Davis was surprise in 2010, hitting .278/.396/.497 with Low-A Wisconsin. He showed very good patience at the plate and hit for power. Davis was a little old for the league at 22 and the Brewers may consider pushing him in 2011.
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Slots in as DH
DHOakland Athletics
September 27, 2019
Davis (illness) will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Friday night against the Mariners.
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Remains out Thursday
DHOakland Athletics
September 26, 2019
Davis (illness) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
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Battling stomach flu
DHOakland Athletics
September 25, 2019
Davis is absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Angels due to the stomach flu, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Retreats to bench Wednesday
DHOakland Athletics
September 25, 2019
Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
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Cranks 23rd homer
DHOakland Athletics
September 24, 2019
Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Oakland's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
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