March farm report: Another catcher in the mix

March 21, 2011 | 9:57 am  

Lars Davis, a third-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2007, was 24 when he went to extended spring training last year. He had played two full seasons — at low Class A Asheville in 2008 and the following year at high Class A Modesto. He had not undergone surgery and wasn’t rehabilitating, not from a physical injury, anyway. Davis was in extended spring training last year for a very different reason. He was overly anxious, unable to figuratively exhale. In a game fraught with failure, he carried a defeatist attitude, unable to shrug off inevitable poor performance and letting it ruin one game and spill over to the next. And as his shortcomings on the field began to gnaw at him away from the ballpark, depression crept in.

“I’m not ashamed of it,” Davis said. “It was something I needed help with, and it does affect a great number of people. It was something I did need help with and sought help through the organization and externally as well.”

The Rockies project Davis to be a backup catcher in the big leagues. He has shown the ability to hit to all fields, with his strength being to left-center. He is a good bunter, handles the bat well and is very adept in hit-and-run situations. That said, the Rockies aren’t entirely sure what they have in Davis.

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