GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Davidson has had a strong group of advisers to help him address his biggest question mark, his defense.
Since he arrived in the majors in August of 2013, Davidson has worked with current Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez as well as Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams and White Sox manager Robin Ventura. The trio of third baseman has combined to win 16 Gold Glove Awards in their collective careers.
Davidson, who whenever asked about which areas need improvement offers up defense, has been busy taking notes.
“I’ve been joking around with everybody, I’d better be good,” Davidson said. “I guess it’s on me if I’m not good.”
With Chavez and Martin Prado on the roster, Arizona was willing to trade Davidson when the White Sox dangled closer Addison Reed in front of them. Some baseball observers question whether Davidson, who turns 23 in March, will ever develop into a steady defender at third because of his lateral movement. Having worked with Davidson a little already, Ventura said he used to hear the same questions about his game and has no concerns.
Even though he feels he has steadily gotten better, Davidson knows it will be a while before he silences his doubters.
“I feel I’ve improved every single year,” Davidson said. “I will always have that label on me so even if I wind up winning a Gold Glove. I feel that, ‘Still, oh he wasn’t that great of a defender’ this or that. I feel that always will be on me. Try to get that out of my head and improve every year.”