Diamondbacks Promote Matt Davidson

The Diamondbacks have promoted third baseman Matt Davidson, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com (on Twitter).  The California native, who has been considered a top prospect for the last few years, was taken with the 35th overall pick in the 2009 draft by Arizona.

Davidson was ranked as the 70th best prospect heading into 2013 by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, No. 75 by Keith Law of ESPN.com, and No. 88 by Baseball America.  This season was Davidson's first at the Triple-A level and he has looked strong thus far, hitting .278/.348/.484 with 16 homers in 466 plate appearances.

The 22-year-old was rated as the top power hitter in the D'Backs' system and their fifth best prospect overall.  BA notes that while he has an issue with strikeouts and probably won't blossom into a high average hitter, he has the ability to drive the ball deep and to all fields when he isn't pressing.

As an August promotion, Davidson will be clear of the Super Two cutoff, meaning he will only be eligible for arbitration three times if he sticks with the varsity squad.  Staying with the big league club would mean that he will be controlled through the 2019 season.


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