|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
||Sacramento, California, U.S.
Doug Davis is an American professional baseball pitcher. He has previously played for the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Chicago Cubs. Davis was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft.
Davis began his minor league career for the Texas Rangers rookie league affiliate, the Gulf Coast Rangers, in 1996 where he went 3–1 with a 1.90 ERA in 8 games and 42 innings. In 1997 Davis started his season with the Gulf Coast Rangers going 3–1 with a 1.70 ERA in 4 games before being promoted to the High-A Charlotte Rangers where he spent the rest of 1998 and 1998, going 16–10 over that period. Davis made his MLB debut on August 9, 1999 for the Rangers. Davis has played for the Rangers (career record 21–21 with the club), Toronto Blue Jays (career record 4–6) and the Milwaukee Brewers (career record 26–25). On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Davis was one of more than 50 batters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. As of August 29, 2006, he had 744 strikeouts. Davis made a brief appearance in 2005 as a potential home buyer on the A&E television program Flip This House episode "It's a Rat Race." On November 25, 2006, Davis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with pitcher Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel, for catcher Johnny Estrada, and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas. the Diamondbacks and Doug Davis agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal.
Davis throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball at 84–87 mph, a cutter at 80–84, a curveball at 68–72, and a changeup at 78–81. Davis's four-seamer was the slowest fastball among left-handed starters in the 2011 season. Davis has typically had a high walk rate throughout his career. He has finished in the top 2 in the National League in walks four times, including first in 2009.
He is known for his windup, a slow process that could be compared to the "two-stage" motions many Japanese pitchers have used. Davis is one of the worst hitters in baseball, sporting a career batting average of .083 in 412 at-bats, while recording 175 strikeouts at the plate as of 2011. He went 1–64 with a .016 average in 2004.