June 18, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton infielder Blake Davis has been called up to the big leagues by the Baltimore Orioles and will become the Titans 50th major league player upon making his first official appearance.
The move came following the Orioles' Friday night loss to the Washington Nationals. Both Davis and right-handed pitcher Brad Bergesen were called up and will trade places with Jeremy Accardo and Ryan Adams at Triple-A Norfolk.
Davis' contract was purchased by the Orioles and he will be added to the team's 40-man roster. He was hitting .284 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 49 games for the Tide.
As a freshman out of Fountain Valley High School, Davis hit .295 and played in 41 games and helped the 2004 Titans, guided by then-Head Coach George Horton, win the school's fourth national championship in 2004. He went on to become an everyday player in 2005 and 2006.
Davis was a career .331 hitter for Fullerton, hammering out nine home runs, driving in 96 runs and swiping 38 career bases while helping to lead the Titans to pair of College World Series berths in 2004 and 2006.
His best season as a Titans came in 2006 when he hit .351 with five home runs, and 39 RBI en route to becoming the Titans' highest draft choice that year, a fourth-round selection by the Orioles.
That same 2006 draft class has already seen two major leaguers - Justin Turner (New York Mets) and Vinnie Pestano (Cleveland) - reach the show, and has three more prospects - Brett Pill (San Francisco), Danny Dorn (Cincinnati) and Lauren Gagnier (Detroit) - ascend to the Triple-A level.
Davis is the second former Titan player to get the call up to "The Show" this season. David Cooper, a 2006 Titan teammate, made his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on Apr. 30.
Beginning June 18, there will be eight former Titans playing in the big leagues (Reed Johnson - Chicago Cubs, Mark Kotsay - Milwaukee, Aaron Rowand - San Francisco, Kurt Suzuki - Oakland, Ricky Romero - Toronto and Turner and Pestano). Cooper was optioned back to the Las Vegas 51s in May.
In addition, Fullerton has two former first-rounders coaching at the major league level. Tim Wallach is the Los Angeles Dodgers' third base coach, and Mike Harkey is the bull pen coach of the New York Yankees.