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Freddie Davis showed confidence over five pro seasons; Topped out at AA

Freddie Davis came on in the eighth inning of this May 1990 game for his high-A Lynchburg team and finished out the contest for his fifth save, The Newport News Daily Press wrote.

He also showed confidence afterward, the kind that some might call cocky, The Daily Press wrote.

"I love it. That's what I'm paid to do," Davis told The Daily Press afterward. "I like it in the eighth or ninth inning when the game is tight. Then it's my job to come in and stick it up their butts."

Davis ended up taking that confidence on to five seasons as a pro. He topped out at AA.

Davis' career began in 1987, taken by the Angels in the 19th round of the draft out of Auburndale High School in Florida.

Davis started with the Angels at short-season Salem. He went 1-2 over 14 relief appearances, with a 7.18 ERA. Late that June, he helped get out of a jam and lead to a win after coming on in the sixth inning.

"I felt confident that I could get them out," Davis told The Salem Statesman Journal. "But I'm a fairly confident guy."

Davis moved to the White Sox system and the rookie Gulf Coast League in 1988. He then arrived with the Red Sox at single-A Lynchburg in 1989. He went 3-2, with a 2.37 ERA over 44 relief appearances.

Davis then split 1990 between Lynchburg, high-A Winter Haven and AA New Britain. He went 4-2 between them, with a 2.31 ERA in 61 relief outings.

He returned to New Britain for all of 1991. He went 2-3, with a 5.45 ERA over 45 relief outings. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,926
Made the Majors:1,307-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,619-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:530
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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