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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Chris Davis could pitch when needed; Saw three seasons, made high-A

Elmira Pioneers starter Chris Davis came on in relief in this early season game, on one day's rest after short outing at rival Auburn, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote

Davis responded with a sharp outing where he gave up one earned in 2.2 innings of work, The Star-Gazette wrote.

"I told him I could pitch if he really needed me," Davis told The Star-Gazette. "My arm felt great ... much better than my start in Auburn."

Davis made that relief appearance in his second professional season. As it turned out, he'd be needed in just one more. He topped out at high-A.

Davis' career began in 1990, taken by the Red Sox in the 27th round out of the College of the Sequoias in California.

Davis started for the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He got into 15 games, starting nine, and went 1-3, with a ERA.

He returned to Elmira for 1991. He went five innings in an early July game, giving up only an unearned run

"I felt real good," Davis told The Star-Gazette after that outing where he gave way only to give the bullpen some work. "I wasn't getting my curve over but my changeup was effective."

Davis pitched well enough that year to make the league's All-Star team. He went 9-3 overall, with a 2.19 ERA.

For 1992, he played at high-A Lynchburg, high-A Winter Haven and the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw 17 outings, 10 starts overall, with a 3.93 ERA. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,705
Made the Majors:1,257-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,448-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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