Mickey Mantle’s highest single season slugging pct was .705 back in 1956. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is slugging .720 through 72 games this season.
We are isolating just 303 plate appearances so expect Davis to regress quite a bit in the second half of the year, but if he kept this pace up it would be historic. Besides one-off seasons by Mark McGwire and Frank Thomas, Davis’ .720 slugging would be the highest in the American League since Ted Williams in 1957 (.731 SLG).
The Flying Showalter’s are the potential story of the year in MLB. Their primary power threat has been former Rangers prospect Chris Davis who has finally actualized into what many scouts expected. His 2012 season qualifies him as big league talent while still only 26 years of age. In fact he is on a 39 HR pace in his last 64 games.
While still a big strikeout risk Davis has proven his supporters and the Orioles front office correct this year. Whether Davis turns into Greg Vaughn or Butch Huskey is TBD but either way he will always be a 2012 2nd half All-Star.