Newly acquired youngster Matt Davidson could fill a big hole at third base for the Chicago White Sox. Currently, the White Sox have three third basemen listed on their active roster, none of which pop out at you. Conor Gillaspie, Jeff Keppinger, and Marcus Semien are the players listed at third base for the south siders.
Now, White Sox fans should not be calling for Davidson right away. You have to remember this kid still is 22 years old and still has holes in his game. For instance, he strikes out a lot. The Sox already have a guy by the name of Adam Dunn that does that often, they don’t need another.
He’s not a great hitter either. He batted .280 in the minors last year, but when he was brought up he only batted .237 in 31 games for Arizona. He’s still going to need some time to develop. After breaking down some film on Davidson, I noticed two things. His swing is long, which is the reason for all the strikeouts. The other thing I noticed is, he has a Gary Sheffield type bat wiggle, and to have that kind of wiggle your hands have to be extremely fast. Don’t be surprised if the Sox try to eliminate that wiggle.
Davidson does have great long term potential for the Sox. He’s an average fielder and will only continue to get better and he has decent power. He belted 17 home runs for Reno this past season. He’ll also drive in some runs, he had 74 RBI’s last year.
Before the trade, he was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ organization.
The Sox had to give up a pretty talented closer to get Davidson in Addison Reed, so fans are hoping this is their long term guy at third base. Don’t be surprised if you see Davidson up at some point during the year because the Sox are plugging aand playing over at the hot corner until this kid is ready.