#MLBPlayers411 | Rajai Davis
Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis, today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, is best known for his dramatic, 8th inning, clutch home run to tie Game 7 of the 2016 World Series when he was with the Cleveland Indians, but his journey to near-World Series hero began 10 years earlier.
Rajai broke into the league with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 after they selected him out of University of Connecticut at Avery Point in the 38th round of the 2001 MLB Draft. During college, Rajai played for the Middletown Giants (now North Shore Navigators) in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (now Futures Collegiate Baseball League). Rajai is one of 125 big-leaguers to come out of the NECBL.
Rajai, a speedster on the base paths, found success in the minors from 2002-2004, by posting a .305 batting average and 251 stolen bases as a second baseman. Although he began his minor league journey as a switch-hitter, Rajai decided to stick to the right side of the plate prior to the 2004 season. Making the jump to The Show seemed inevitable for the Norwich, CT native, as he was a star at all three minor league levels, making All-Star appearances at every step.
Rajai's time with Pittsburgh was short-lived as he was traded to the Giants in 2007, where he finished second among rookies in stolen bases. After San Fran, Rajai would make stops in Oakland, Toronto and Detroit before signing with the eventual American League Champion Indians in 2016, a year in which he led the AL in stolen bases, with 43. Rajai decided to head back to the Bay Area for a second stint with the A's for the 2017 campaign.
Today, you can learn more about Rajai from the man himself, as he will be participating in an Ask Me Anything session live on the new mobile app, Infield Chatter, beginning at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT.
You can download the InfieldChatter app to your mobile device by clicking here.