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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
35 .228 1 4 5 0 91 0.0
Birth Date3-26-1991
Height6' 3"
Weight230 lbs
Age31 years, 4 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2015
-0.02016
-0.42017
0.32018
0.02019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 ARI 22 31 87 18 6 0 3 10 24 1 0 1 .237 .333 .434 85 -1.3 -0.8 -3.3 -0.3
2016 CHA 25 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 84 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2017 CHA 26 118 443 91 16 1 26 19 165 5 0 1 .220 .260 .452 87 -5.7 -3.4 -3.1 -0.4
2018 CHA 27 123 496 99 23 0 20 52 165 7 0 0 .228 .319 .419 101 2.4 -3.9 -2.1 0.3
Career273102820945149813551302.226.295.43594-4.7-8.2-8.5-0.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2009 YAK A- NWN 72 299 .258 .341 .366 .325 98 -9.4 8.3 0.9 76 0 7.1 0.6 -7.0 1.0
2010 SBN A MDW 113 475 .255 .331 .379 .359 105 20.4 13.9 -3.8 135 0 -1.4 -2.4 19.3 2.6
2010 VIS A+ CLF 21 84 .262 .343 .399 .227 100 -5.5 2.4 0.2 55 0 0.1 -1.2 -4.2 -0.3
2011 VIS A+ CAL 135 606 .274 .342 .423 .340 98 19.3 18.2 -5.7 118 0 -3.8 -1.7 13.5 2.0
2012 MOB AA SOU 135 576 .251 .328 .376 .304 104 20.5 15.9 1.4 136 0 -2.7 -5.2 21.4 3.3
2012 SRR Wnt AFL 11 46 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ARI MLB NL 31 87 .261 .321 .412 .306 103 -0.1 2.3 0.3 85 16 -3.3 -0.8 -1.3 -0.3
2013 RNO AAA PCL 115 500 .277 .339 .426 .359 111 2.3 14.2 1.4 105 0 -0.9 -2.6 -1.8 1.1
2014 CHR AAA INT 130 539 .259 .325 .393 .253 114 -23.3 16.1 0.7 65 0 -4.4 -5.2 -28.1 -2.1
2015 CHR AAA INT 141 602 .252 .317 .371 .264 106 -14.3 16.7 1.3 80 0 14.5 -3.6 -21.3 0.8
2016 CHA MLB AL 1 2 .299 .344 .509 1.000 100 0.2 0.1 0 84 5 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2016 CHR AAA INT 75 326 .254 .319 .375 .346 110 2 9.2 0.4 123 0 6.7 -2.6 4.1 1.8
2017 CHA MLB AL 118 443 .253 .318 .423 .285 105 -11.8 13.0 -5.1 87 9 -3.1 -3.4 -5.7 -0.4
2017 CHR AAA INT 1 3 .297 .335 .428 .000 81 -1 0.1 -0.1 -5 0 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2018 CHA MLB AL 123 496 .252 .316 .420 .313 104 1.1 13.9 -7.7 101 7 -2.1 -3.9 2.4 0.3
2019 NAS AAA PCL 124 528 .265 .343 .451 .315 93 11.5 18.1 -8.5 112 0 -5.3 -2.6 10.3 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2009 YAK A- NWN 299 270 29 65 15 0 2 86 28 21 75 0 2 .241 .311 .319 .078 1 1
2010 VIS A+ CLF 84 71 6 12 1 0 2 19 11 12 25 0 0 .169 .298 .268 .099 0 0
2010 SBN A MDW 475 415 58 120 35 3 16 209 79 43 109 0 2 .289 .374 .504 .214 0 0
2011 VIS A+ CAL 606 535 93 148 39 1 20 249 106 52 147 0 1 .277 .348 .465 .189 8 0
2012 SRR Wnt AFL 46 40 7 8 0 0 2 14 6 2 18 0 0 .200 .283 .350 .150 1 0
2012 MOB AA SOU 576 486 81 127 28 2 23 228 76 69 126 3 4 .261 .367 .469 .208 5 0
2013 ARI MLB NL 87 76 8 18 6 0 3 33 12 10 24 0 1 .237 .333 .434 .197 0 0
2013 RNO AAA PCL 500 443 55 124 32 3 17 213 74 46 134 1 0 .280 .350 .481 .201 6 0
2014 CHR AAA INT 539 478 59 95 18 0 20 173 55 49 164 0 0 .199 .283 .362 .163 3
2015 CHR AAA INT 602 528 63 107 22 0 23 198 74 62 191 1 0 .203 .293 .375 .172 4 1
2016 CHA MLB AL 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 0 0
2016 CHR AAA INT 326 284 35 76 20 0 10 126 46 32 86 0 0 .268 .349 .444 .176 3 2
2017 CHA MLB AL 443 414 43 91 16 1 26 187 68 19 165 0 1 .220 .260 .452 .232 5 0
2017 CHR AAA INT 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2018 CHA MLB AL 496 434 51 99 23 0 20 182 62 52 165 0 0 .228 .319 .419 .191 3 0
2019 NAS AAA PCL 528 469 74 124 24 0 33 247 101 42 151 1 0 .264 .339 .527 .262 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 358 0.4860 0.4274 0.6275 0.5862 0.2772 0.7451 0.3922 0.3725 -0.0026
2016 10 0.4000 0.4000 0.5000 0.5000 0.3333 1.0000 0.0000 0.5000 0.0000
2017 1849 0.4657 0.4824 0.6379 0.6516 0.3350 0.7558 0.4381 0.3621 0.0000
2018 2113 0.4576 0.4524 0.6632 0.6546 0.2818 0.7457 0.5015 0.3368 0.0000
Career43300.46330.46300.64910.64730.30430.75060.46420.3509-0.0002

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 CIN $
2019 TEX $
2018 CHA $570,000
2017 CHA $536,500
2016 CHA $
2015 CHA $
2014 CHA $
2013 ARI $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,106,500
2 yrTotal$1,106,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 112 dMVP Sports1 year (2022)

Details
  • 1 year (2022). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 11/21 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Arizona 4/21/22. DFA by Arizona 5/2/22. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/6/22 (elected free agency). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 5/9/22 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Oakland 6/7/22. DFA by Oakland 6/21/21. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/22/22.
  • 1 year (2021). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/16/21 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2020). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 1/2/20 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cincinnati 7/24/20. DFA by Cincinnati 9/8/20. Sent outright to Alternate Training Site 9/11/20.
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/1/19 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors.
  • 1 year/$570,000 (2018). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/18. Non-tendered by Chicago White Sox 11/30/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/2/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/1/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Arizona 8/11/13. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Arizona 12/16/13.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2009 (1s-35) (Yucaipa HS, Calif.). $900,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 99 13 22 5 0 4 14 10 28 0 0 .253 .333 .448 116 4.1 1B -1, 3B 0 0.3
80o 77 10 17 4 0 3 11 7 23 0 0 .250 .329 .441 107 2.1 1B -1, 3B 0 0.1
70o 61 7 14 3 0 3 8 5 18 0 0 .259 .333 .481 101 1.1 1B -1, 3B 0 0.0
60o 48 6 10 2 0 2 6 4 15 0 0 .233 .312 .419 96 0.4 1B -1, 3B 0 0.0
50o 35 4 7 2 0 1 4 3 11 0 0 .226 .294 .387 91 0.0 1B 0, 3B 0 0.0
40o 22 3 5 1 0 1 3 2 7 0 0 .250 .318 .450 86 -0.2 1B 0, 3B 0 0.0
30o 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .125 .222 .125 81 -0.1 1B 0, 3B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean4159202531300.243.317.459930.21B 0, 3B 00.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20202915820327162014480.224.301.41191-0.30.3-1.0-1.64.1-1.2-3.0
20213012415246051611390.216.296.40388-0.3-0.1-0.8-1.33.2-1.2-2.4
2022315571020275170.214.291.39886-0.1-0.1-0.3-0.61.4-0.6-1.1
202332385720153120.211.291.39184-0.1-0.1-0.2-0.41.0-0.5-0.7
2024335361020265160.217.295.39586-0.1-0.1-0.3-0.61.4-0.6-1.0
2025348110001130.212.290.38583-0.00.0-0.0-0.10.2-0.1-0.2

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1 84 Jonny Gomes 2009 114
2 83 Mark Trumbo 2014 92
3 83 Carlos Pena 2006 89
4 83 Mike Jacobs 2009 85
5 82 Matt Adams 2017 109
6 80 Ian Stewart 2013 0 DNP
7 79 Chris Duncan 2009 71
8 79 Josh Phelps 2006 0 DNP
9 78 Wilson Betemit 2010 124
10 77 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2013 106
11 77 Don Lenhardt 1951 113
12 77 Brad Hawpe 2007 127
13 77 Mark Johnson 1996 107
14 77 Troy Neel 1994 114
15 77 Chris Shelton 2008 79
16 77 C.J. Cron 2018 118
17 77 Tony Clark 2000 109
18 77 Nick Esasky 1988 101
19 76 Kevin Maas 1993 120
20 76 Paul Sorrento 1994 103
21 76 Pedro Alvarez 2015 110
22 76 Ken Hunt 1963 75
23 76 Brett Wallace 2015 92
24 76 J.P. Arencibia 2014 93
25 76 Brian Daubach 2000 90
26 76 Adam LaRoche 2008 115
27 76 Bob Hamelin 1996 120
28 75 Carlos Delgado 2000 170
29 75 Juan Francisco 2015 0 DNP
30 75 Hee-Seop Choi 2007 0 DNP
31 75 Mike Diaz 1988 85
32 75 Khris Davis 2016 125
33 75 Brandon Belt 2016 118
34 75 Mitch Moreland 2014 80
35 75 Mike Epstein 1971 118
36 75 Tyler Moore 2015 80
37 75 Travis Hafner 2005 152
38 75 J.D. Martinez 2016 128
39 75 Cody Ross 2009 101
40 75 Dave Hostetler 1984 94
41 74 Adam Lind 2012 101
42 74 Michael Cuddyer 2007 110
43 74 Mo Vaughn 1996 146
44 74 Bob Robertson 1975 129
45 74 Brad Wilkerson 2005 96
46 74 Derrek Lee 2004 118
47 74 Ben Paulsen 2016 57
48 74 Richie Sexson 2003 138
49 74 Franklin Stubbs 1989 104
50 74 Calvin Pickering 2005 51
51 74 Jeremy Hermida 2012 70
52 73 Marv Throneberry 1962 83
53 73 Corey Dickerson 2017 109
54 73 Chris Johnson 2013 114
55 73 Gary Alexander 1981 73
56 73 Casper Wells 2013 47
57 73 Ryan Shealy 2008 129
58 73 Yan Gomes 2016 63
59 73 Chris Carter 2015 111
60 73 Allen Craig 2013 119
61 73 Earl Williams 1977 85
62 73 Gil Hodges 1952 143
63 73 Sam Horn 1992 82
64 73 Mitchell Page 1980 107
65 73 Kyle Blanks 2015 98
66 73 Joe Lis 1975 127
67 73 Curtis Granderson 2009 109
68 73 Todd Frazier 2014 123
69 73 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2016 79
70 72 Travis Shaw 2018 120
71 72 Eric Munson 2006 77
72 72 Chris Davis 2014 102
73 72 Boog Powell 1970 153
74 72 Nate Colbert 1974 108
75 72 Bill Hall 2008 81
76 72 Jayson Nix 2011 61
77 72 Troy Glaus 2005 128
78 72 Greg Vaughn 1994 109
79 72 Erubiel Durazo 2002 140
80 72 Adam Duvall 2017 99
81 72 Dick Stuart 1961 131
82 72 Mark Canha 2017 67
83 72 Lee May 1971 149
84 72 Pat Burrell 2005 130
85 71 Alex Gordon 2012 117
86 71 Jason Kubel 2010 108
87 71 Mike Pagliarulo 1988 83
88 71 Chase Headley 2012 136
89 71 Tommy Medica 2016 0 DNP
90 71 Willie Greene 2000 70
91 71 Greg Walker 1988 91
92 71 David Ortiz 2004 143
93 71 Dean Palmer 1997 94
94 71 Matt LaPorta 2013 0 DNP
95 71 Tyler Colvin 2014 63
96 71 Dan Pasqua 1990 124
97 71 Colby Rasmus 2015 117
98 71 Josh Fields 2011 0 DNP
99 71 Leon Durham 1986 105
100 71 Joe Hauser 1927 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Guys who are good at whacking dingers but little else will always have a place in our hearts, but where they fit into a team’s long-term plans is, well, dependent on the team. Davidson went from top prospect to someone whose contact issues had him toiling in Triple-A far longer than anyone might’ve expected, and then he became a regular for the White Sox at age 26. He’s more first baseman/designated hitter than third baseman, and one-dimensional offense makes it tough to envision a future in which he’s more than the right side of a platoon. But at least aesthetically speaking, you could do a lot worse than “dude who mashes lots of taters.”
2017 After two brutal Triple-A seasons, the hapless Matt Davidson returned to the majors and broke his foot rounding the bases in his White Sox debut. Once healthy he'll be perfectly fine corner infield depth.
2016 Davidson is the exact opposite of a "change-of-scenery" guy: He was developing just fine, then got plucked up, whisked off, and has been suffering through an extremely painful series of probes ever since. The power is still there (well, some of it is), and Davidson still takes his walks. He even acquits himself at third base, which we all used to think was his only remaining challenge. He's fanning at an untenable clip, though, and that's in Triple-A.
2015 One of Kevin Towers' many castoffs—a collective that could reconvene and probably challenge for third place—Davidson was supposed to ascend to a throne that still bears Joe Crede's buttgroove. Instead, he endured a brutal April (and, later, May, July, and August) in Triple-A while Conor Gillaspie chose "right now" to have a career year. Clearly, he'll need to get back on track if he wants another shot at the job, but he's got plenty of pop for the position, and his minor-league stats are close enough to Crede's to suggest his tush would be comfortable.
2014 Anybody trying to predict the upcoming Rookie of the Year chase realizes a big part of the prediction involves guaranteed playing time; if Davidson is given an opportunity for 130 games at third base, he'll be in the running. During his call-up in Arizona he showed he can put solid contact on the ball and pull it for extra bases, even against right-handers. His game is ready for the big leagues, and a December trade to Chicago relocated him from perhaps the worst depth chart for his positional abilities to perhaps the best. Now can we talk about why in the world you're trying to predict the upcoming Rookie of the Year chase?
2013 After splitting time at first and third base in 2011, Davidson was stationed at the hot corner for all of 2012 as the Diamondbacks assess whether the former supplemental first-rounder has a future on the left side of the infield. His offensive game took a step forward, improving in the power and patience departments, but he doesn't have a first baseman's bat. Davidson's career path will largely be dictated by his glove work at third, where a clear path to playing time exists.
2012 Davidson, a slightly better, slightly younger version of Bobby Borchering (who was selected 19 picks before him in the 2009 draft), experienced similaralbeit less severestruggles to make contact at High-A last season. After spending 2010 trading off at the hot corner in South Bend, both played 135 games for Visalia split between the infield corners and DH. Since they appeared at the same positions for the same team, scouts had ample opportunity to make an informed comparison between the two, and most came away liking Davidson better, both for his bat and for his better chance of sticking at third thanks to a superior fielding percentage and a stronger arm. How they do at Double-A could be the real decider.
2011 The 35th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Davidson is a big, slow slugger who makes up for a lack of athleticism with the ability to bop the ball around and out of the yard. His position may be listed as third base, but realistically, he's a first baseman. The righty developed power last season at South Bend, but struggled in a small sample at High-A Visalia. The Diamondbacks lack a franchise first-sacker, but with Davidson, Allen, Borchering, Brandon Allen, and Paul Goldschmidt, they may manage to strike gold with at least one and improve elsewhere by dealing the others.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Davidson, Avasil Garcia, and Yolmer Sanchez are all having nice little seasons -- are any of these guys for real? On another note, Melky Cabrera is only 32! He played on a team with Mussina, A-Rod, Jeter, Posada, Matsui, Sheffield, Bernie Williams, Kevin Brown, and Randy Johnson! Seems like forever ago...
(touchstoneQu from Minneapolis)
That Melky note is kinda nuts. We've written extensively about both Davidson and Avi over at BPSouthside.com. I suggest checking it out! But in sum, I think Davidson has proven to have legit major league power. He's never going to be a superstar given his shortcomings elsewhere, but I could easily see him having career longevity on par with the likes of Mark Reynolds or Chris Carter. Avi continues to be awesome but it's going to take a lot longer for him to wash away the years of mediocrity. Yolmer is probably hitting over his head right now, but could be a valuable backup middle infielder long term. (Collin Whitchurch)
2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)just who do you think you are?
(answerdave from here)
But, I would say this: Confidence is everything in this game. You look at a guy like Matt Davidson who lost his ability to hit for, like, two years. But he seems to have gotten it back after getting a shot to play with the White Sox. I don't know if McMahon rises on the prospect list YET, but his continued improvement bears watching. (David Brown)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)18 team dynasty - Devers, Betts, Semien, Bruce for Polanco, Matt Davidson, Jacob Turner, late round pick - which side do you prefer?
(paulallen from Chicago)
I know this trade. It's the Betts/Bruce side, without question. (Bret Sayre)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming no injuries, is there much precedent for a player repeating AAA and absolutely crapping the bed, regressing in just about every way, and then going on to have a productive MLB career? Specifically, can Matt Davidson be a starting 3B on a good team? Apparently some people used to think he could do that. Does anybody still think it? Thanks.
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
I'm more inclined to see Davidson as a second division guy at this point, and while I may have had higher hopes for him in the past, I'm not sure they were ever that much higher. Given the lack of raw power in the game today, it's hard to write off Davidson as a potential MLB player, but the odds are certainly slim. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Davidson worth holding onto in an AL only keeper league?
(jon from Tx)
He is in my opinion. The White Sox don't have a lot in front of him at third and I do think they want Davidson to eventually succeed. If his numbers are in the crapper in June maybe you drop him then, but for now I hang on and see how he does in AAA. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Matt Davidson being sent down, and now struggling in Triple A? Lot of people projected him to be starting 3B for the Sox this year.
(Frank from Chicago)
I don't have many thoughts on it. His struggles in Triple-A don't mean much to me. He's still the same guy he was - a flawed hitter with some pop - hopefully enough pop to overcome his struggles. That hasn't changed in two weeks of Triple-A. Looks like the White Sox are holding him off for arbitration reasons, so I doubt they're putting too much stock in his struggles either. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Davidson was traded between when the White Sox and Diamondbacks lists went up, and thus has no recent scouting report available. Will one be made for him before the season starts?
(Ethan Spalding from Madison, Wi)
Yes. A full report will be featured in the 2014 Futures Guide, which should be available before March. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-01-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Matt Davidson as the every day 3b or in a platoon with Keppinger and Gillaspie ?
(Paul from Chicago)
Honestly, you'd be better off asking someone who specializes in that particular team when it comes to specific playing time questions--often a manager or general manager or player will have said something that could give you a clue, and I won't be aware of it unless I'm writing something about it. For what it's worth, our internal depth charts have Davidson getting 60 percent of the playing time at third. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know you're not real high on Matt Davidson for Reed for the Sox, but I'm curious to know what you think of the job Rick Hahn is doing rebuilding a comatose roster and system. Thanks! I can't wait for spring training to start.
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
I've been highly critical of the White Sox in recent years, criticism usually focused on their farm system (or lack thereof). But I have a lot of respect for Hahn, and I really like the approach lately, especially when it comes to amateur talent acquisition. I was always a big fan of the Eaton move. On a player for player approach, I didn't love the Davidson trade, mostly because I'm not that high on Davidson. But when you start to factor in the direction of the org and the positional need/scarcity, trading for Davidson makes sense. I think he's a regular at best, but a role 5 third baseman is harder to find than a role 5 reliever. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Mark. What do you see as Matt Davidson's floor and ceiling, and do you think he can stick at 3B long-term?
(Dennis from LA)
I've seen enough improvement in Davidson's glove over the years that I do believe he can play the position long term. He's done a good job putting the time in to improve his body/agility and his overall defensive actions. Overall, I think he's a fringe everyday guy, waylayed mostly by his over-aggressive offensive approach. At worst, he's a good corner infield bench bat to have around. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Jason. Just wanted to get your thoughts on two DBacks players, Stryker Trahan and Matt Davidson. What do you see as their respective floors/ceilings? Will Davidson be ready to take over 3b next year?
(Dennis from LA)
No problem! I'm a believer in Trahan's bat. I think he's got a hit tool with a good eye and some raw power. His catching is the biggest question. I only got a one-game look of him behind the plate this season so can't speak much to how it developed, but I think the bat has a chance to play regardless. Ideally you'd think the DBacks would like Davidson to take over at 3B next year. I'm sure they'll be some competition in spring training but, like with Skaggs in the rotation this year, he's the guy I'm sure they'll want to win it. (Jason Cole)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Davidson's long-term future at 3B and if so, is this why ARI has turned down offers from the Rangers for J. Upton centered around Mike Olt? Thanks!
(Kristen from Canada)
Funny you should ask about Matt Davidson. The Diamondbacks Top 10 list went up today. The write-up on him suggests he should stick at third base. As far as the Upton/Olt trade aspect of the question, I can't speak to what offers have been made (if any). I can say Upton is under a reasonable contract and should fetch a huge prospect haul if dealt. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Matt Davidson? Is he close to being a ML 3B?
(James from Arizona)
I think he's getting there, both offensively and defensively. His improvements at the hot corner have been impressive and I think he can stick there for the first half of his career. At the plate, his approach is evolving and I think he needs another year in the minor leagues to polish it and complete his development. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a fan of Matt Davidson? How good can this kid be? He was relatively young playing in AA last year. Thanks!
(David from Vegas)
My experience seeing him is very limited, but through some reports I think there is potential there as a major league regular. Davidson is a hitter with long arms and he likes to extend early as well. That makes him tough against pitches out and over the plate, but succeptible to ones on the inner third, especially hard stuff.

Probably not likely to maintain a high average and will strike out, but a player who can drive the ball with some power and maybe line up as a sixth place hitter. Serviceable defensively at third base. It is a thin position across baseball right now too. (Chris Mellen)


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