"...as righty Wade Davis has mid-90s heat and a nasty power curveball, leaving many scout to wonder if the current starting pitcher prospect could just flat-out dominate in shorter bullpen stints." -- Baseball Prospectus
Could he be the next Rays prospect to help out the team in a end of season playoff push? And even more so, could he be a longer term answer as a bookend in the pen?
Whether or not the Rays need to have a 'closer' in the pen, could Davis be to the Rays what Papelbon is to the Sox? Even if that is too hard of a comparison to make, it would give the Rays some young power arms to work with in Davis and Balfour, with Howell also in the mix.
Is this the best use for some of the Rays pitching prospects? It's quite possible that by middle of the 2010 season, the Rays could have Davis, Niemann, and McGee all in the pen, along with Balfour and Howell. Is that worth more to the Rays than what they could net in a trade? And can Davis be a dominant reliever?