The Oakland A’s had six top 30 prospects that they needed to add to the 40 man roster to protect them from the Rule V Draft. In the end, they added just one – Lawrence Butler – while adding minor league arm Hogan Harris as well.
This left several intriguing prospects on the outside looking in. One such prospect is Logan Davidson, the 29th overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Logan Davidson could get opportunity elsewhere
Davidson had been the type of prospect that teams covet. His ability to play anywhere on the infield gives him a high floor. He has a strong blend of power, speed, and plenty of patience at the plate. Add in his bloodlines as his father Mark Davidson spent six years in the majors and his grandfather was a minor league outfielder, and he is someone that will get a long look.
To this point, those tools have not quite translated. He had a rough 2021 campaign when he was aggressively slotted at Double-A, spending the entire season with the Midland RockHounds although he was clearly not ready. Davidson did improve in his second season at Double-A in 2022, posting a more respectable .252/.337/.406 batting line with 14 homers and 21 doubles over his 484 plate appearances, but even that performance was not quite what the A’s would have hoped for.
There was, however, enough where a team could take a chance. Davidson can slot at short and third, and could get chances at second as well. His decent pop and ability to draw a walk will help if a team looks to stash him on a major league roster in 2023. If he can learn to let the game come to him instead of overthinking on the diamond, he could develop into the player that the A’s had hoped for. The question is going to be whether or not that happens for Oakland.
The Oakland A’s left Logan Davidson unprotected in the Rule V Draft. They have to hope that the rest of the league thinks he is not ready just yet.