Wade Davis, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Chicago Cubs
Date of Birth: 9/7/1985
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida
Current Salary: $10,000,000
Wade Davis, relief pitcher/closer for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004. He played in the Rays' minor league system from 2004 through most of 2009.
Davis started his major league career as a starting pitcher in 2009, pitching in 6 games with the Rays. The following season, he was part of the Rays' starting rotation. In 2010, he had a career high 12 wins to 10 losses, 113 strikeouts to 62 walks, and a 4.07 ERA in 168.0 innings in 29 games. The following year, he pitched a career high 184.0 innings in 29 games and he had an 11-10 record and a 4.45 ERA.
Davis became a relief pitcher in 2012. That season, he pitched 70.1 innings in 54 games and he had a 2.43 ERA.
In December, 2012, Davis was traded to the Kansas City Royals. He pitched from both the starting rotation and the bullpen in 2013. He finished the season with an 8-11 record, a career high 114 strikeouts to 58 walks, and a 5.32 ERA in 135.1 innings in 31 games.
As a relief pitcher for the Royals in 2014, Davis had a 9-2 record, 3 saves, 109 strikeouts to 23 walks, and a 1.00 ERA in 72.0 innings in 71 games. From June 25th through September 15th, he didn't give up any earned runs. In the 2014 postseason, he pitched 14.1 innings in 12 games and he gave up 8 hits and 1 earned run for an ERA of 0.63.
Davis had a career low ERA of 0.94 in 2015. He pitched 67.1 innings in 69 games and he had an 8-1 record, 17 saves, and 78 strikeouts to 20 walks. In the postseason, he won the Babe Ruth award for giving up only 6 hits and no runs in 10.2 innings in 8 games.
In 2016, Davis spent time on the DL, pitching in just 45 games with the Royals. He had a 1.87 ERA, a career high 27 saves, and 47 strikeouts to 16 walks in 43.1 innings.
The Royals exercised Davis' option for 2017 on November 3, 2016. He was traded to the Cubs on December 7, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Davis through 2016 include:
- 334 games played
- 776.2 innings pitched
- 55-37 win-loss record
- 47 saves
- 689 strikeouts to 284 walks
- 3.53 ERA
Davis started the Full Kount charity in 2011 in Lake Wales, Florida. The charity aids children in sports.
Davis and his wife Katelyn married in November, 2009. They have one daughter.