As expected throughout the spring, Louisville catcher Henry Davis heard his name called early tonight in the 2021 MLB Draft. The Bedford, NY native was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick.
— MLB (@MLB) July 11, 2021
Davis becomes the ninth Louisville player in school history to be selected in the first round, seven of those coming in the last five years. He is coming off a spectacular 2021 season, where he earned unanimous All-American honors after batting .370 with an 1.145 OPS, 15 home runs, nine doubles, and 48 RBIs. In addition, Davis also earned All-ACC First Team honors in the 2021 season.
With Davis becoming the #1 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, Louisville now has had a #1 overall pick in the MLB, NBA, MLS, and WNBA Drafts.
During his three-year run at Louisville, Davis averaged .337 in 109 games played (97 starts), hitting 19 doubles, 21 home runs, and 84 RBI, with a .435 on-base percentage and .565 slugging. He averaged .280 batting in 2019, and .372 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
Henry Davis will look to make his way quickly up the minor league ranks to Pittsburgh. He will likely be joining former UofL catcher and current Los Angeles Dodger Will Smith in the majors at some point soon. Smith, a Louisville native, has become a stalwart for the Dodgers. It’s very likely Davis will be able to duplicate his success and become a cornerstone for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Congrats from CSZ and all of Card Nation go out to Davis on his selection.