Logan Davidson hoping AFL can lead to fresh start
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s had high hopes for Logan Davidson this season. One of the top prospects in the system, he was aggressively promoted to Double-A although he had not appeared above short season ball after being drafted in 2019. However, the hope was that Davidson could handle that drastic change in talent level.
He simply was not ready. Davidson saw his prospect stock plummet during his time in Midland as he appeared to be overmatched. He produced a disappointing .212/.307/.313 batting line in his 515 plate appearances, hitting seven homers and 22 doubles. While Davidson did draw 62 walks, he also struck out 155 times, hindering his ability to make an impact.
Logan Davidson looking for fresh start
But that season is behind him. Davidson was one of the A’s prospects selected to head to the Arizona Fall League, something that he regards as a fresh start. With a successful stint during that time, he could regain some of that lost luster.
The problem is that his lack of production has continued to follow him thus far. Davidson has struggled thus far with the Mesa Solar Sox, with just two hits in his 23 plate appearances, although both hits were doubles. He has drawn eight walks, but has also struck out eight times heading into Thursday.
He is also getting action at other positions. While the A’s had him spend time at third base in Double-A, that continued grooming for the hot corner is continuing in Arizona. He has had two appearances at short with two more at third, as the A’s are clearly looking to expand his defensive profile.
Should he take to the hot corner well, that could go a long way to determining Davidson’s future. However, the A’s would want to see more than improvements on the defensive front. His bat needs to show more signs of life as well.
Logan Davidson is regarding his time in the Arizona Fall League as a fresh start. His bat will need to wake up for that to happen.