Jaylin Davis has faced more than his fair share of adversity during his pro baseball career.
Drafted in the 24th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2015, Davis never had a chance to play that season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder during his junior season at Appalachian State.
The 24-year-old outfielder has battled other minor injuries along the way but seems to have found his stride and good fortune this season as one of the best hitters in the Southern League. Davis owns a .282 average through 38 games with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Twins.
“I’m feeling good about this year. I’m trying to relax more, and that helps a lot,” Davis said. “When I do have bad games, I try not to take it to the next day. That’s helping, too.”
In the hallway outside the clubhouse late on a Monday night in May, Davis takes time to reflect on how far he has come and the hurdles he’s leaped along the way.
“It’s definitely been a long road,” Davis said. “That first year, not being able to play, that was rough. But I felt like once I got back into it, I felt right at home.”