Braxton Davidson

Born: 06/18/1996 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
Primary Position: RF
Seconday Position: 1B
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., (#32 overall), 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ATL)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 25th, 2016
Dates Seen: 4/11-13/2016
Level: High A
Affiliate: Carolina Mudcats
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Physical Description
Big, broad-shouldered frame; built throughout midsection and large lower half; potential to get soft; high maintenance going forward.
Swing Mechanics
Wide base; slightly open; hands tight to back shoulder.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2020 20 30 Role 3 - Emergency bench player; up/down type High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 20 20 Plus bat speed; natural lift in swing path; leg kick and hand hitch throw off timing; limited pitch recognition skills; limited barrel control; will expand hitting zone; passive approach ahead in counts; hips fly open and barrel drags; struggles with average velocity inner half; will swing and miss a ton in strike zone; will not hit enough to be a regular
Plus bat speed; natural lift in swing path; leg kick and hand hitch throw off timing; limited pitch recognition skills; limited barrel control; will expand hitting zone; passive approach ahead in counts; hips fly open and barrel drags; struggles with average velocity inner half; will swing and miss a ton in strike zone; will not hit enough to be a regular
Raw Power 30 40 Plus raw power; strength throughout core and can extend outer third; collapses backside for power in game; ability to backspin the ball to opposite gap; cannot lift the ball pull side; limited barrel control; hit tool will not allow power to play to potential.
Plus raw power; strength throughout core and can extend outer third; collapses backside for power in game; ability to backspin the ball to opposite gap; cannot lift the ball pull side; limited barrel control; hit tool will not allow power to play to potential.
Run 30 30 Slow first step and overall speed; limited athleticism with large frame; 4.4 HP-to-1B times; will not be a factor.
Slow first step and overall speed; limited athleticism with large frame; 4.4 HP-to-1B times; will not be a factor.
Field 30 40 Below-average reads and reactions; below-average routes to fly balls; range is below average; best suited for natural first base position; glove should play better with positional change.
Below-average reads and reactions; below-average routes to fly balls; range is below average; best suited for natural first base position; glove should play better with positional change.
Throw 50 50 Long arm action; throws have some carry; accurate to second and third base; collects body well to throw; will not be a weapon in right field
Long arm action; throws have some carry; accurate to second and third base; collects body well to throw; will not be a weapon in right field
Overall Summary
Davidson is a natural first baseman trying to play passable right field defense. His hand hitch, limited barrel control and limited pitch recognition skills allow for a ton of swing and miss at the plate. He is passive when ahead in the count (looking to draw a walk) and will expand the strike zone when behind. Davidson features a strong body and plus raw power to the opposite field, but his barrel drags through the hitting zone and he is unable to pull anything with authority. With his swing, velocity on the inner half and average secondaries give him trouble and that does not bode well as he reaches the upper minors. Seeing Davidson swing and miss a ton and play below average defense leads him to be an organizational player with a possible left-handed emergency bench bat ceiling.