Arizona State baseball received some good news Wednesday as Chaparral High School pitcher Colby Davis announced via Twitter that he has committed to the program.
Proud to announce my commitment to play baseball at Arizona State University! Thank you for everyone that has helped me get here! #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/CxFyoz5gME— Colby Davis (@colby_davis24) June 28, 2017
Davis is the 15th overall recruit to join the Sun Devils’ 2017 recruiting class which is ranked 14th in the country, according to Perfect Game.
Davis was picked in the 23rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, and is the eighth member of the group who was drafted earlier this month. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound, right-handed pitcher and first baseman was a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game High Honorable Mention All-American (West).
According to MaxPreps, Davis accumulated 53 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched with an ERA of 3.25 in his senior season. His best performance this year was against Notre Dame Prep where he gave up two hits, one earned run and collected 10 putouts, respectively, to lead Chaparral to a 4-1 victory.
The addition of Davis adds some more depth to the developing pitching arsenal of Sun Devil head coach Tracy Smith. Davis is the fifth 2017 graduate to commit to Arizona State. The Sun Devils struggled in the pitching category as the team had an ERA of 5.54 and gave up 29 home runs last season.
Other colleges Davis was considering including Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ, (who won the Junior College World Series in 2016), Oregon State, and Arizona, among others, respectively.