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22 Matt Davidson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 3/26/1991 | Birthplace: Yucaipa, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 266.93
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Matt Davidson finally getting on track at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson has had a rough season for Triple-A Charlotte following his demotion this spring. Though, after struggling for most of the season, Davidson finally seems to be turning the corner offensively for the Knights.

Davidson homered twice Monday, bringing his season total to 15 and finishing June with nine home runs and a .565 slugging percentage in 26 games. In his last 10 games, Davidson is batting .353 (12 for 34) with a .476 on-base percentage, .794 slugging percentage, 1.270 OPS, three doubles, four home runs, seven RBI, seven walks, nine strikeouts and 11 runs.

For the season, he is batting .201 with a .280 on-base percentage, .414 slugging percentage, .694 OPS and 96 strikeouts in 74 games.


Matt Davidson among roster cuts Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The White Sox announced Sunday they made five roster moves, including optioning outfielder Jordan Danks, third baseman Matt Davidson and pitcher Jake Petricka to Triple-A Charlotte. The White Sox also reassigned Dylan Axelrod to minor-league camp and released pitcher Mitchell Boggs.

Conor Gillaspie leading third-base competition for ChiSox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) If the season were to start tomorrow, it appears the White Sox would go with Conor Gillaspie as the starting third baseman over challengers Matt Davidson, Marcus Semien and Jeff Keppinger

Gillaspie entered play Monday batting .278 (5 for 18) with a .500 slugging percentage, one double, one home run and three RBI in seven games.

"To me, he’s just in a better spot this year confidence-wise, knowledge-wise on what he needs to do to play, offensively, defensively," manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona, per ESPN. "He actually had one game that wasn’t very good, but everybody has those and you have to be able to get over that and still have the confidence, and he’s done that."


Matt Davidson working to hit to all fields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson has been working to hit to all fields, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Davidson has been working with hitting coach Todd Steverson in the cages on his new approach. Davidson said he can't get pull happy at the plate. He's expected to compete for a spot on the team's 25-man roster. 

Davidson hit .237/.333/.434 in 76 at-bats last year.


Matt Davidson facing long odds to make opening day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) White Sox first baseman Matt Davidson is facing long odds in his bid to make the teams' opening day roster, CSNChicago.com reports.

"It certainly is possible he breaks with us Opening Day, but if that’s not the case we’ll see a lot of him this season once we feel he truly is ready," Hahn said on MLB Network’s ‘Clubhouse Confidential.’ "There’s still a few areas he’s going to improve in and we need to see some refinement."\

Among other areas, Davidson needs to improve his footwork at third base. A good spring-training performance will be crucial for his opening-day status. Davidson hit .237/.333/.434 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 76 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season.


Matt Davidson will have to earn spot in starting lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) While Matt Davidson might be the White Sox's third baseman of the future following his offseason acquisition from the Diamondbacks, if he wants to open the 2014 season in the major-league starting lineup, then manager Robin Ventura said he's going to have to earn it.

"We still have guys who can play there, but it's a competition, definitely," Ventura said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "He has every reason to go in there and try to win the job.

"That's for a lot of spots. Guys are going to come in and you have a chance to win that job, but you do have other guys who can play there. Depending on how it goes in spring training, you make adjustments after that. But I venture to say for him he's going in there trying to win the job."

Even if Ventura isn't ready to commit to Davidson as the team's starting third baseman, it appears Ventura believes he could be close to being a major-league regular.

"You want him to play. But you start watching him, moving around, how he goes about his business, he fits the part. He looks like a big leaguer," Ventura said. "He can hit and has the power and everything else. Defensively, I got that rap, too, for a while, so I'm not worried about that."


Diamondbacks acquire Addison Reed for Matt Davidson


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/16/2013) According to MLB.com, the White Sox traded closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson on Monday.

Reed has served as the White Sox's closer the last two seasons and stands to fill the same role for the Diamondbacks. He notched 40 saves last season with a 3.79 ERA.

Davidson made his major league debut for the Diamondbacks in 2013, hitting .237 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 31 games. Baseball America ranked Davidson as Arizona's No. 4 prospect going into the 2014 season.


Matt Davidson hits third home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson hit his third home run in Sunday's win over Colorado.

Davidson finished 1 for 3 with two walks, three runs scored and four RBI. Davidson has his line up to a robust .250/.357/.467.


Matt Davidson hits first career home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson hit his first career home run in Sunday's win over Colorado.

Davidson finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. It was one of the best games of Davidson's young career. He's hitting just .224/.296/.347.


D-backs call up Tuffy Gosewisch and Matt Davidson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Diamondbacks have called up catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and third baseman Matt Davidson from Triple-A Reno prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, MLB.com reports.

Gosewisch batted .284/.327/.456 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 250 at-bats in the minors. Davidson batted .280/.350/.481 with 17 homers and 74 RBI in 443 at-bats in the minors.

Tuffy Gosewisch, Matt Davidson sent back to minors


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) With Miguel Montero and Eric Chavez back for the Diamondbacks Monday, the team had to option two players to the minors. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and third baseman Matt Davidson were the odd men out for the club, MLB.com reports. 

Gosewisch went 5 for 27 (.185) with one RBI over eight games and six starts. Davidson was 5 for 28 (.179) over 12 games and five starts. He had two runs driven in. 


Matt Davidson playing third Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson is starting Tuesday against the Reds.

Davidson was been used primarily off the bench since his call up. He's received just 15 at-bats thus far, and is hitting .200. 


Matt Davidson adjusting to reserve role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson is adjusting to coming off the bench, according to MLB.com.

Davidson said being eased into a role has helped him adjust in the majors. "It gives me time to get acclimated, work out in the weight room, take a lot of ground balls, take some more swings than I normally do." Manager Kirk Gibson admitted Davidson has been put in a tough situation, saying it's tough to be a pinch hitter.

Davidson is hitting .200 in 15 at-bats. 


Matt Davidson will be used in reserve role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com Tuesday that he plans to use third base prospect Matt Davidson in a reserve role during his first stint in the majors. Davidson was called up Sunday.

"I want to keep him so he's playing, but at the same time I'm not just going to throw him in there and play him every day," Gibson said. "We have other guys in front of him."

Matt Davidson should get at-bats


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2013) When the Diamondbacks called up third base prospect Matt Davidson to take the roster spot of an injured Eric Chavez Sunday, I didn't think it would matter much for Fantasy owners because I didn't think he'd have enough at-bats available to him. The Diamondbacks were already having to stretch to get Chavez in the lineup, forcing Martin Prado to left field or second base or some other position where they had a perfectly suitable starter already.

But when one of those suitable starters, Cody Ross, left Sunday's game with a disclocated hip -- by all estimates, a season-ending injury -- wouldn't you know Davidson was the first choice to replace him?

Prado is perfectly capable of playing left field on a full-time basis, but Davidson doesn't quite have an open claim to a lineup spot. The Diamondbacks could go with a platoon of Jason Kubel and A.J. Pollock in left field, keeping Prado at third base. My guess, though, is that they'll use Ross' injury as a opportunity to break in their top hitting prospect, aching to see if the power he showed in the California and Pacific Coast leagues will translate to the majors.

In terms of Fantasy value, I'd say Davidson is similar to Wilmer Flores, but geared more toward power than batting average. I rank him 30th among third basemen rest of season.


Diamondbacks call up Matt Davidson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) The Diamondbacks called up third base prospect Matt Davidson Sunday. Rated as a top-100 prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com before the 2013 season, Davidson has hit .278/.348/.484 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 413 at-bats with Triple-A Reno.

Has Matt Davidson improved his timetable?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/16/2013) Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson had a monster weekend on the minor leagues' biggest stage, winning Futures Game MVP honors Sunday before winning the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby Monday. Unfortunately for those who own him in Fantasy, it's probably not going to get him in the majors any faster.

Though his .291 batting average, .500 slugging percentage and .854 OPS at Triple-A Reno are all career bests, you'd expect no less for a player of his ability in the heavy-hitting Pacific Coast League. Considering power is his greatest asset, his 14 homers are actually a bit underwhelming on that stage, and he has already piled up 100 strikeouts.

So just for developmental purposes, the Diamondbacks have incentive to keep him in the minors, and of course the bigger issue is that they just don't need him right now. With Aaron Hill back in the lineup, they're finally able to stick $40-million man Martin Prado at third base full-time, and if something happens to him, they'll just turn to Eric Chavez. Davidson remains nothing more than a long-term keeper option in Fantasy.


Matt Davidson picks up another honor


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) It's been quite the week for Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson. After winning the MVP honors in the All-Star Futures Game Sunday, Davidson then won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby Monday.

"I really came out here today and I wanted to hit as many home runs as I could," Davidson said, per MLB.com. "Guys told me, 'Don't waste 'em in the first round.' But you know, you only get one shot at this, so I figured I'd just try to hit as many as I could."


Matt Davidson earns Futures Game honors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2013) Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson was named MVP of the Futures Game Sunday.

Davidson hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the fourth inning off Michael Ynoa. He finished the game 1 for 2, with one run and two RBI. Davidson is hitting .291/.354/.500 in 344 at-bats at Triple-A Reno.


Matt Davidson laboring through power drought


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) It's been quite a while since Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson hit a home run for Triple-A Reno. After hitting three home runs in his first 10 games, Davidson has gone 17 games through Sunday without a home run.

Davidson, who has managed 20-plus home runs the last two seasons, is batting .257 with a .404 slugging percentage through 27 games. He also has one triple, five doubles, 11 runs and 17 RBI. He has struck out 39 times.


Matt Davidson focused on 'good at-bats'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson is having a torrid start to the season at Triple-A Reno. Davidson has hit safely in his first five games, batting .429 (9 for 21).

Davidson, who is considered the team's fourth-best prospect by MLB.com, also has two homers, four walks, five runs and six RBI. He's only struck out three times.

"All I want to do right now is put together some good at-bats," he said, per MLB.com. "Sure, I focus on my strikeout-to-walk ratio to try and take my walks. But you've got to keep that main focus on the team and doing whatever you need to do to help it win. Everything else just becomes easier if you do it that way."


Davidson's progression on 'pace'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2013) MLB.com reports Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson, who is one of the team's top offensive prospect, has made great strides with his defense in the last year. "He's a big strong guy with a powerful swing," Diamondbacks minor league director Mike Bell said. "Sometimes those guys have a little bit of a tendency to strike out. He drives in runs, he gets big hits. He's progressing at the right pace."