Jody Davis

Jody DavisThe career arc of Jody Davis followed a similar path to most big league catchers of the post-expansion era: in the majors by age 24; starting and contributing by 25 or 26; productive years between age 26 and 30; and rapid decline in your 30s. Davis was a little more successful than most catchers though, as he was a two-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in 1986. He was a fan favorite in Chicago where he played most of his career on the north side for the Cubs. In 1984 he caught 146 games and drove in 94 runs for the Cubbies as the team advanced to the post-season for the first time in 39 years. That season, Davis was one of three Cub batters who drove in 90 runs and one of six who plated at least 80.

Davis was a durable catcher in his prime, catching 129, 150, 146, 138, 145, and 123 games from 1982 to 1987. But the demands of the position wore on him and he only caught 152 games after he turned 30 years old.

Davis was originally drafted by the New York Mets and then played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before being snatched by the Cubs in the Rule V draft. He had one of the best careers of any player selected via the Rule V draft, as few have ever went on to be All-Stars. Roberto Clemente is the most heralded player to have been drafted in the Rule V.