Q&A with Ike Davis

Q&A with Ike Davis

1B Ike Davis, the son of former Major Leaguer Ron Davis, is ranked as one of the top high school prospects at the first base position. Despite committing to Arizona State University for next year, Davis will be selected in one of the first two rounds of next June's MLB Draft as one of the best two-way players in the country.

Ike Davis is a senior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a member of the 2003 USA Youth National Team that won gold and was named to the AFLAC All-American team in 2004 as one of the top rising seniors in high school baseball. Davis hit .425 has a junior with three home runs in 2004 after hitting .525 as a sophomore. Davis, who also is a pitcher, was named the 4A Pitcher of the Year in Arizona last season as well. He earned game MVP honors at the AFLAC Classic when he hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the second inning to help propel the West team to victory. Ike Davis sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

What are some of your hobbies that you like to do when you are not playing baseball?
I really enjoy fishing and play some basketball when I am not playing baseball, however you can say baseball is my life.

If you were a scout, how would you rate Ike Davis?
[Laughing] A pretty good hitter with some good pop in his bat, and solid potential as a power hitter, who can also hit for average and is a solid first baseman with the glove.

How is the rare experience of having a father who was a major league baseball player himself? [Note: Ex-Major League, Ron Davis is Ike's father]
It really helps especially in terms of him just talking to me and settling me down. I go to a lot of showcases, and constantly have eyes watching every little thing I do. It is great having him on my side, and telling me what to do, and giving me his advice. Mostly he is there for me when I get down on myself, and he is always telling me how I should not think about the past and just move on, and never get down on myself.

Is there a player in the major leagues that you consider a role model or someone you try to model your game after?
I think that will have to be Albert Pujols.

Have you committed to a college for next fall?
Yes, I will be attending Arizona State University.

What was the reason you chose ASU?
Mainly because it is my hometown, I just liked the situation at ASU, and really felt a great relationship with the coaches. I loved their program and in the end it was a smart decision for me.

What are your goals and expectations for this season?
To help the team win and just have fun on the field in the process.

What was the experience like playing for the 2003 USA Youth National Team?
It was the best experience I could have playing for my country. It was lots of fun, and I got a lot of good game experience from it. I really think it prepared me for the future just because of the crowds at each game, and it sort of resembled a major league team with the media attention, the expectations and the crowd. In the end we won the gold, and it couldn't be better.

Talk about the competition in the High School level in Arizona?
There is a lot of good competition and a lot of under-rated player. At times I think Arizona does not the attention it might deserve in terms of the talent level of the players.

What is your outlook being a senior and being just around the corner from the 2005 June draft?
Just to stay with it, and if I do what I know I can do, then things will fall into place. I hope I am there the times the draft comes and will see how things go when the time comes.

Besides playing first base, you also pitch for your team. Give us a little scouting report about your stuff on the mound?
I am a fastball pitcher, with a slider, curveball and changeup.

How fast have you been clocked on your fastball?
I normally work in the 88 mph range, however have hit the low 90's on occasion.

What would you say has been your biggest baseball moment so far?
Yet to happen [laughing].

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