- Davis didn't start pitching until his sophomore year of high school.
- When Wade was up in the central Florida community of Lake Wales, he went to Tropicana Field to see the Rays play.
Davis is the second cousin to former Cubs and Braves catcher and two-time All-Star Jody Davis.
In 2004, his senior year at Lake Wales High School in Florida, Wade signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida. But the Devil Rays persuaded him to sign with them, and he accepted a bonus of $475,000. Kevin Elfering is the scout who signed Davis.
In 2005, with the Hudson Valley Renegades, Davis led the NYP League with 97 strikeouts while finishing second in wins (7) and 7th in ERA (2.72).
During the off-season before 2005 spring training, Baseball America rated Wade as 14th-best prospect in the Tampa Bay farm system. In the spring of 2006, the moved him up, ranking Davis as 6th-best prospect in the Devil Rays organization. In the winter before 2007 spring training, the magazine had Wade at #7 in the Rays' farm system.
And in the spring of 2008, Baseball America rated Davis as 4th-best prospect in the Rays' organization. And they moved Wade up to #3 in the springs of both 2009 and again in 2010.
He has a good personality and is a young man with solid character. He is extremely quiet and very humble.
And Wade is a good worker.
- In August 2006, Davis pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for Southwest Michigan (MWL) in his final start, taking a 1-0 loss on an unearned run.
May 4, 2007: Davis pitched a no-hitter for the Vero Beach Devil Rays, downing the Jupiter Hammerheads (FSL-Marlins) 4-0. Wade faced just one batter over the minimum in the seven-inning game as he pitched the first no-hitter in the minors during the 2007 season. It was Davis’s second career no-hitter—he also threw one Aug. 31, 2006 against Beloit, but lost 1-0 on an unearned run.
Wade was named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2007 after a stellar season in which he went 10-3 with an organization-best 2.50 ERA between high Class A Vero Beach and Double-A Montgomery. Even more impressive, he totaled 169 strikeouts (with 51 walks) in 158 innings.
Davis is very quiet.
"We always called him 'The Silent Assassin,'" Rays and Royals teammate James Shields said. "He's one of those guys that's a tremendous competitor. He's going to give everything he's got every single day. He's got that kind of drive. Sometimes he doesn't express it the way he wants to, but he's one of the hardest workers and competitors I know."
Wade and his wife, Katelyn, live in Marlboro, N.Y. He organized the Full Count Foundation to help children with special needs or chronic illnesses. In 2010, he had his head shaved atop the Rays' dugout to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa.
- Davis was a graduate of the James Shields School for Leadership and Competitiveness. Apparently his sheepskin was for a masters degree.
"He's learned how to compete. He's learned what it's about. When you step on that field, it's a prize fight every day," Royals manager Ned Yost said during 2013 spring training, warming up to his topic. "It isn't an exhibition, you're fighting for your life every time you step on that mound. They've got it; they're competitors. They're going to give you all they've got. Some days it's going to be really good, some days it'll be OK and some days they'll have rough days. That's the way this game is. But they compete every time, that doesn't change. They come at you fearlessly, with confidence."
July 12, 2013: Wade's wife, Katelyn, delivered their first child, a daughter, Sully Rose Davis.
Davis is the second-cousin of former Major League Baseball player Jody Davis, who was a catcher for the Cubs.
June 21, 2015: As Ben Davis looks at his son, Royals setup man Wade Davis, he still sees the same humble boy he taught him to be.
"When Wade was little and playing ball, he was taught not to brag or boast about things," Ben Davis said. "I remember telling him that it's easy to talk trash, but it's harder to swallow crow. I kind of pointed him in that direction, but that's also his nature. He prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He's quiet. He kind of sits back and takes it all in, and then if he has a comment, he'll say something."
Davis's stoic nature on the mound is no accident. And Ben Davis has had a chance to see that stoicism first-hand again thanks to the Royals' annual "dads' trip," when the fathers of the players get to travel with the team for an entire road trip. The idea was launched in 2013 by senior director of travel Jeff Davenport and has been a huge hit as it brings fathers and sons together right around Father's Day.
"The opportunity to be with your son and experience different ballparks, that's priceless," Ben said. "We never got to see before what goes on behind the scenes. You kind of have an idea but you don't know how everything is on a tight schedule. You learn how they prepare for the game. People don't get to see that."
Ben has made all three dads trips and wouldn't miss it for anything.
"How many dads whose kids play baseball …what would they give to be able to sit here and watch their kid play Major League baseball?" Ben said. "It's so special. I think all the dads that are here feel the same way. How could you not?"
The dads are allowed to hang with the players during batting practice—and they even took batting practice before one game—chill with the players after games in the clubhouse and attend many team functions.
For Wade, it's just a treat to be able to spend quality time with his father." You get to hang out, go to breakfast," Wade said. "We played golf on the off-day. He got to go to some team functions. It's great. I'm sure all the guys feel that way." (J Flanagan - MLB.com - June 21, 2015)
Wade Davis and David Price certainly bonded one summer night in 2009. The Rays' Triple-A Durham team was playing Triple-A Scranton and, after the game, the two settled into their hotel room on the second floor of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pa.Davis and Price had both heard that the hotel was rumoured to have been haunted.
"There were stories from other players," Davis said. "There were stories of a woman ghost on one floor. Just all kinds of stuff."
And it didn't take long for the hotel's reputation to grab their attention.
"We started hearing knocking on the door," Davis said, "but no one was ever there. We tried to get to sleep but it got really hot in the room. We turned the air conditioner to cool and it would go back to hot. Turn it down as cold as it could get, and it would turn up. Then we started hearing some weird noises, stuff out of the walls -- can't describe them. Kind of like screams."
Well, by 7:30 the next morning, both Price and Davis were down in the lobby with suitcases packed. They checked out and checked into a Ramada down the street.
"That's how serious it was -- we're never up at 7:30 after a game," Davis said. "But we sure were that morning. All the stuff that went on -- not cool."
Price claims he remembers nothing from that night.
"Oh, he remembers," Davis said, smiling. "We just talked about it again last summer." ( Jeffrey Flanagan - MLB.com - Oct. 2015 )
June 5-6, 2017: Davis was on the Paternity list.
Dec 29, 2017: Opposing teams might want to think twice about the strategy of trying to chase the starter out of the game early when they're playing the Rockies in 2018. This offseason, they've added to their already-deep relief corps of Adam Ottavino, Chris Rusin, Mike Dunn and Jake McGee with Bryan Shaw and, now, Wade Davis. Here's what you need to know about the newest member of the Rockies bullpen.
Since becoming a reliever in 2014, Davis has a 1.45 ERA, the lowest among all relievers with at least 100 innings over that span. A big reason for that is his curveball, which has the ability to make even the best hitters look silly.
Even in the National League, hitting isn't exactly a point of emphasis for relief pitchers. Nevertheless, it's certainly not a bad thing if a reliever can handle the bat a bit. Now, Davis has only made two plate appearances since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2014, and both have ended in strikeouts.
Up in the altitude of the Rocky Mountains, one never knows what sort of fauna one might encounter. The Rockies have found a pitcher in Davis who can roll with whatever Mother Nature throws his way. Back in 2015, he threw with a moth hanging out on his cap. Earlier that same season, he was unfazed by the interruption of a squirrel running around on the field. He waited for the squirrel to make its exit and proceeded to strike out the batter he was facing. So, bring on the mountain lions or whatever is lurking up there in the mountains. Davis is ready. (E Chesterton - MLB.com - Dec 29, 2017)
- June 2004: The Devil Rays chose Davis in the third round, out of Lake Wales High School in Florida.
- March 31, 2011: Davis and the Rays agreed to a seven-year contract. The agreement features four guaranteed seasons and three years of club options for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. If all of the options are exercised, the deal would be worth approximately $35 million, and $12.6 million of it is guaranteed.
December 9, 2012: The Royals sent OF Wil Myers, RHP pitcher Jake Odorizzi, LHP Mike Montgomery, and 3B Patrick Leonard to the Rays; acquiring pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.
November 3, 2014: The Royals picked up their one-year option for $7 million on Davis's 2015 contract.
November 3, 2016: The Royals exercised their 2017 option on Davis, for $9 million
Dec 7, 2016: Chicago Cubs traded LF Jorge Soler to Kansas City Royals for Wade Davis.
Nov 2, 2017: Davis chose free agency.
- Dec 29, 2017: RHP closer Wade Davis and the Rockies agreed to a three-year, $52 million contract, The deal breaks down in salaries of $16 million in 2018, $18 million in '19 and $21 million in '20, with a $1 million buyout on a $15 million vesting player option.