|May 29th, 2019
A long and lean switch hitting shortstop, Davidson entered this spring with a chance to emerge as one of the premier college bats in this class. The Clemson shortstop started off the spring cold, but rebounded with a strong second half in ACC play. His final numbers and rates finished largely in line with his Sophomore season.
Davidson makes loud contact, but there’s definitely a worrisome amount of swing and miss. I saw a player fooled by spin and soft stuff, but also a gambler who tried to guess and ambush (rather than track) pitches. Davidson appeared to be acutely aware of the strikeout concerns voiced about him going back to last summer and employed a shortened up stroke. That’s a band-aid that won’t ultimately do him any favors on the pro side. Davidson isn’t a lock to stay at short, either. The arm strength plays there, but it’s a little short going to his hole side. With his frame, there’s a chance he fills in enough that he outgrows the middle of the infield anyway.
The selling points here are an athletic looking player who hits the ball hard and has the chance to play shortstop. The strikeouts are a big concern and probably speaks to a longer development path, but the tools are fairly loud. The upside here still belongs firmly on Day 1 and quite possibly still the middle to back of the 1st round.