What Baseball America says about Matt Davidson

What Baseball America says about Matt Davidson
December 16, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America wrote up this scouting report for Matt Davidson, who the White Sox acquired from Arizona for closer Addison Reed on Monday:

The 35th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Davidson signed for $900,000. After sharing third base with 2009 first-rounder Bobby Borchering in their first two full pro seasons, Davidson had the hot corner to himself at Double-A Mobile last year. He improved his defense and slammed a career-high 23 homers. Davidson brings a professional approach and plenty if power to the plate. When he doesn't try to do too much, he can drive the ball to all fields. While he continued to improve his plate discipline in 2012, he'll always accumulate strikeouts and won't hit for a high average. The chance to play regularly at third base helped Davidson enhance his range and actions. His 28 errors led SL third basemen by a wide margin, so he needs more consistency, but has the soft hands and average arm to play there. Better positioning would help him. He's a below-average runner. Arizona needs a starting third baseman and more power bats in its lineup. Davidson still needs some time at Triple-A but should make his major league debut sometime in 2013. He'll push incumbent Chris Johnson aside when he's ready. 

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Davidson hit .280/.350/.481 with 17 home runs and a 26.8 percent strikeout rate in Triple-A last season.