FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Quentin Davis was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of Major League Baseball’s 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday (June 7).
Davis was selected as the 27th pick in the 13th round (No. 407), and was one of seven Peach Belt Conference players chosen in the 50-round draft. He signed with the Braves on Wednesday and was to report to Atlanta’s extended spring training in Orlando, Fla., on June 10.
This past season, Davis earned second-team NCAA Division II South Atlantic All-Region Team honors and was named to the PBC All-Conference squad. He was named FMU’s most valuable player for 2005.
Davis, a native of Darlington, batted a team-leading .353 this past season with 44 runs scored, nine doubles, and 41 runs batted in. He also led the Patriots with six triples, four home runs, 25 stolen bases (in 31 attempts), a .433 on-base percentage, and a .529 slugging percentage. He ranked second in the PBC in stolen bases and third in triples. During the regular season, he recorded a 10-game hitting streak, and tallied 18 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games.
He helped lead the Patriots to a 34-16-1 record, a No. 14 national ranking, and a spot in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
The speedy Davis ended his career second on the PBC career list for triples with 13 and fifth in stolen bases with 73 (in 88 attempts). During his four years at FMU, he appeared in 185 games with a .331 average and 23 doubles, 10 home runs, and 119 RBIs. His 221 career hits are only five shy of the Patriot career record.
Davis is the third FMU player to be drafted over the past four years, joining right-handed pitcher Erin Jones, chosen in the 31st round of the 2004 draft by the New York Mets, and left-handed pitcher Hal Chafey, chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the 2002 draft.