Roenicke would like more looks at Davis

Roenicke would like more looks at Davis

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brewers spring phenom Khris Davis continued to soak up the Cactus League action Sunday, making a start as the designated hitter and taking advantage of left fielder Ryan Braun's absence from the lineup as he recoves from his participation in the World Baseball Classic.

"It's a breath of fresh air," Davis said of the attention he's commanding this spring. "I have to appreciate it while it lasts."

The 25-year-old, ranked as the Brewers' No. 16 prospect by, has forced himself into the roster conversation, and manager Ron Roenicke wants to see as much as possible of Davis before Braun returns to the lineup midweek.

"When Brauny gets back in there, it's going to limit [Davis'] playing time, but I'd like to maybe give him some pinch-hit at-bats in some of these games and see how he looks there," Roenicke said. "If it worked out to where he was on the club, that's the role he'd be in, not starting, probably."

Davis was slated to start the season at Triple-A, where he played 32 games last season after starting the season at Double-A, and the organization would typically want to ensure regular playing time for him, but it could be tough to resist a right-handed bat with power off the bench.

"Bench player is a tough role, but it doesn't scare me," Davis said. "I've done it before. I did it in college. I didn't start my sophomore year, and I came off the bench for some pinch-hits and had good success. So I've got confidence in that area."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.