Pirates Select Louisville Catcher Henry Davis with the First Overall Pick

With the first overall pick in the 2021 amateur draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis. In 50 games this year, he hit .370/.482/.663 with 15 homers and a 31:24 BB/SO ratio in 228 plate appearances. He had a .731 OPS in 45 games during his freshman season in 2019 and during the shortened 2020 season, he had a 1.178 OPS in 14 games.

Davis is a 6’2″, 210 pound right-handed hitter. MLB Pipeline ranks him as a 55 grade hitter, with 55 power. He has a 70 grade arm. He’s a below average runner, who needs work defensively to smooth out his game, but he is projected to stick behind the plate. His bat is the real selling tool and it will play up even if he doesn’t end up catching. He has a great understanding of the strike zone, with good pitch recognition skills and the ability to make consistent hard contact. Pipeline notes that he can get pull happy at times. He is ranked fifth overall in this draft class.

Baseball America gives him a 60 grade for hitting and 55 for power. He has the same 70/45 arm/defense grades, but they have him as a slightly better runner with a 45 grade. BA also highlights all of his great hitting qualities that should make his bat play up in the majors. BA ranked him fourth in this draft class.

Here’s some video. First from Prospect Live

From 2080 Baseball

Season highlights

Here’s another video from Perfect Game