SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 17, 2007) – Pitcher Jon Davis, a 2006 grad of Springfield College, and a native of Ludlow, Mass., has signed a professional baseball contract with the New Haven Cutters of the Canadian-American Association, better known as the Can-Am League.
A graduate of Springfield’s Cathedral High, Davis is the first Springfield College baseball player to sign a pro contract since 1994, when Hassan Robinson signed with the Houston Astros organization and when John Raifstanger signed with the Boston Red Sox organization.
The Can-Am League is an independent pro baseball league comprised of 10 teams, including the Atlantic City Surf, the Brockton Rox, the Nashua Pride, the New Haven Cutters, the New Jersey Jackels (of Little Falls, N.J.), the North Shore Spirit (of Lynn, Mass.), the defending champion Quebec City Capitales, the Sussex Skyhawks (of Augusta, N.J.), the Worcester Tornadoes, and a team referred to as The Grays (which will play all of its games on the road).
A 5-10 right-hander, Davis had a tryout with the Cutters this past weekend. He was so impressive that he was offered and signed to a contract yesterday (May 16).
The New Haven Cutters play their home games at venerable Yale Field (built in 1927). The Cutters will open their season on Friday, May 25 at the Brockton Rox at 7 p.m. They will play a 94-game schedule.
Davis had a great career at Springfield College. In 2006, his senior year, Jon was considered the closer. He finished with a 1-0 record, a 1.93 ERA, and five saves. In 23.1 innings pitched, he allowed only 13 hits and five earned runs. Opponents batted just .157 against him. Most impressively, he struck out 28 in those 23.1 innings, while walking 12.
“Jon is a durable, intelligent guy,” said Springfield College Head Coach Mark Simeone. “He has the make-up to pitch wherever they best see him fitting in. He can really fire it for 20-30 pitches. He could make an ideal set-up man, or even a closer.”