Have faith — Davis will hit

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Rajai Davis is raking.

Even before he pulled on a Blue Jays uniform, Davis, who was acquired from the Oakland A’s to fill Vernon Wells’ shoes, had started to work on adding power to his game.

Now, under the tutelage of Jays hitting coach Dwayne Murphy, Davis has more or less perfected that approach and this spring he has gone from being a slap hitter to a centre fielder that can barrel the ball to all parts of the field with power.

What Davis is doing — he’s hitting .375 (21-for-56) with eight doubles, two triples and four home runs — may be a surprise to others but not to the 30-year-old native of Norwich, Conn.

“This is what I anticipated,” Davis said Monday morning. “I expect to get better every year and this is part of me getting better.

“I’ve worked hard and listened to a lot of our coaches and it’s nice to see the manifestation of all the hard work that you’ve put in. I’ve spent a lot of time and it’s gratifying to execute the swing consistently.”

A deeply religious man, Davis uses his faith as an added support system.

“It’s part of my faith, what I believe, that God is working through me,” he said. “That belief, coupled with a lot of things, a lot of hard work, is essential to what we’ve created here.

“It (his faith) helps me mentally, eases my mind and gives me the belief that I can go out there and be ready. I believe that God will help me be successful in whatever I do.”

Because of his faith, Davis doesn’t worry about his game or suffer any fear of failure.

“I believe that things will work out for your good, that things happen for a reason,” he said.

To date, he’s accomplished exactly what he sought out to do. There’s no reason to think that what he has achieved this spring will go south during the regular season.


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