Logan Davidson was hoping to use his time in the Arizona Fall League as a chance for a fresh start. The 2021 season was a disaster as he was not ready for the challenge of Double-A; he was overmatched at the plate and he struggled to adjust as the Oakland A’s had him see time at second and third as well. It was simply more than Davidson could handle.
That added up to a lost season. Davidson produced a disappointing .212/.307/.313 batting line in his 515 plate appearances, hitting 22 doubles and seven homers. He did draw 62 walks, but his 155 strikeouts limited his ability to make an impact for the Midland Rock Hounds.
Logan Davidson bounced back from rough AFL start
Those hopes seemed to be for naught at the start of the AFL season. Davidson had just two hits in his first 23 plate appearances. Although he had drawn eight walks, and both hits went for extra bases, he had also struck out eight times. It was not the start that he or the A’s were hoping for.
But Davidson has put that slow start behind him. He has produced a .283/.429/.400 batting line in his 77 plate appearances in the AFL, hitting four doubles and a homer. He has been an on base machine, drawing 15 walks as he has split time between third and short.
There are still some concerns. Davidson has 27 strikeouts in those 77 plate appearances, making one wonder if he will make enough contact in the higher levels to be a viable major league contributor. Those strikeouts followed him to the AFL Fall Stars Game, where he was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Nonetheless, Davidson has displayed his potential as well. He is still working the count, and has the type of power potential where, if he can improve his ability to make contact, he can be a piece for the future. But there is still a lot of work left to do.
Logan Davidson has bounced back from a rough start in the AFL to show his potential. However, he still needs more time to develop.