Alberto Gonzalez, defensive whiz middle infield sub, was not going to make the squad out of Spring Training. Gonzalez was out of options, so despite a strong spring, there was enough evidence to know how much offense he can really bring, and they wisely made a swap. In exchange, they got a 24 year old pitcher from the Padres named Erik Davis.
Davis was drafted in 2008 out of Stanford, and has only pitched 2 full seasons in pro ball. Last year he spent the majority of his time in high-A, where amassed a 3.82 ERA with 34 BB and 91 K in 99 IP in the hitter-friendly California league. He then pitched 39 1/3 innings in AA, with similar peripherals of 12 BB and 35 K and a better looking 2.75 ERA. His final start in AA was a no hitter after 7 innings, he finally gave up a hit in the 8th. To finish the season, he made a single start in AAA where he threw 5 innings, struck out 7 and walked 2, allowing 2 ER. It was a good season, and indicates that he is at least something of a prospect, and will probably start the season in AAA with the Nats. But what do the scouts say about him?