The Tampa Bay Rays have selected the contract of outfielder Johnny Davis from Triple-A Durham and have placed left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner onto the 60-day Injured List.
The Rays signed the 29 year old towards the end of August; Davis has spent the majority of the past two years playing in the Mexican Leagues. Prior to signing with the Rays, Davis had experience stateside within the Milwaukee Brewers organization after being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft. Following the 2017 season, Davis was named the fastest baserunner in the Brewers system.
After several years of struggling offensively, Davis pursued an opportunity to playing in the Mexican Leagues where he would go on to steal 82 bases over 162 games from 2018 to 2019.
Several days ago, Marc Topkin brought up the possibility of the Rays promoting Davis;
The Rays might have a secret late-season weapon at Durham: speedster Johnny Davis, a 29-year-old outfielder, signed Aug. 29 out of the Mexican League. He stole 52 bases at Double-A Biloxi in 2017, 30 in limited action in 2018, and 57 in 111 games thus far this year.
Topkin’s prediction came to fruition this afternoon with the promotion of Davis, who had already snagged three bases within his first five games in the Rays organization.