UM’s Davis signs with White Sox

University of Montevallo baseball alumnus Devon Davis recently signed a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball. (Contributed/University of Montevallo)

University of Montevallo baseball alumnus Devon Davis recently signed a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball. (Contributed/University of Montevallo)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

University of Montevallo baseball alumnus Devon Davis recently signed a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball.

Davis concluded his playing career with the Falcons following the 2013 season and received his bachelor degree in kinesiology Saturday, May 3.

“I am very happy for Devon,” Montevallo baseball coach Chandler Rose wrote in a release. “This opportunity couldn’t happen to a better young man. During his three years here he was exactly what you hope for in your student-athletes. He has always been an extremely hard worker and it’s great to see his hard work and perseverance pay off. I know all of us at Montevallo will be rooting for him.”

Davis, a 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher who transferred to Montevallo from Indiana Tech following his freshman season in 2010, made 53 appearances and started nine games on the mound for the Falcons during his three-year career.

The Mason, Ohio native compiled a 6-6 record on the mound and a 7.58 earned run average in 99 2/3 innings of action for the Falcons. Davis struck out 64 batters and issued 55 walks in his career at Montevallo.

Davis posted a career-best 4-1 record on the mound and a 6.75 earned run average in 30 2/3 innings on the mound during his senior season in 2013. Davis, who made three starts as a senior, recorded a career-high seven strikeouts while allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings in his final start at Montevallo in a 10-1 win over West Alabama.

Davis was named an All-Star in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2012 after a stellar performance with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in Silver Spring, Md. The All-Star nod came after Davis compiled a 2-4 record with a 9.26 earned run average in 37 1/3 innings during his junior season with the Falcons.

Davis registered a 0-1 mark and a 7.10 earned run average in 31 2/3 innings in his sophomore season while also hitting .227 with two doubles and 11 RBIs as a part-time starter at first base.

Davis is the first Montevallo baseball alumnus to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball organization since Nate Russ signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves in July 2010. He is the first Falcon to sign a professional baseball contract since Austin Dubberly signed with the River City Rascals in the Frontier League in June 2013.