Matt Davidson

Matt Davidson

31-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  Foreign
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Matt Davidson in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Athletics in May of 2022. Released by the Athletics in October of 2022.
Finds work in Japan
DHFree Agent  F
November 17, 2022
Davidson agreed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball on a one-year, $902,000 contract on Thursday, Yahoo Japan reports.
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Had Davidson elected to continue his career stateside, he wouldn't have been in line for anything more than a minor-league deal that included an invitation to big-league spring training, so the 31-year-old's decision to chase the bigger payday overseas isn't a major surprise. Davidson spent the 2022 campaign in the Arizona and Oakland organizations, slashing .147/.216/.324 with a 35.1 percent strikeout rate in 37 plate appearances in the majors. He was one of the top sluggers at the Triple-A level, however, smashing 32 home runs between stops with the Diamondbacks' and Athletics' top affiliates in Reno and Las Vegas, respectively.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+165%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+82%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
 
 
+349%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .813 47 5 5 12 0 .186 .255 .558
Since 2020vs Right .307 37 1 0 2 0 .118 .189 .118
2022vs Left .721 16 2 2 2 0 .133 .188 .533
2022vs Right .396 21 1 0 1 0 .158 .238 .158
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .862 31 3 3 10 0 .214 .290 .571
2020vs Right .192 16 0 0 1 0 .067 .125 .067
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+98%
OPS on Road
2021
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2020
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .530 25 1 1 3 0 .100 .280 .250
Since 2020Away .607 59 5 4 11 0 .175 .203 .404
2022Home .300 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .300 .000
2022Away .593 27 3 2 3 0 .185 .185 .407
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home .651 15 1 1 3 0 .154 .267 .385
2020Away .619 32 2 2 8 0 .167 .219 .400
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Stat Review
How does Matt Davidson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.23
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
35.1%
 
BABIP
.158
 
ISO
.176
 
AVG
.147
 
OBP
.216
 
SLG
.324
 
OPS
.540
 
wOBA
.242
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.8%
 
Barrels/PA
8.1%
 
Expected BA
.188
 
Expected SLG
.417
 
Sprint Speed
22.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.6%
 
Line Drive %
9.5%
 
Fly Ball %
42.9%
 
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Davidson was one of the Reds' hottest hitters in summer camp and the team included him on the Opening Day roster as a short-side platoon DH. A positive COVID-19 test put him on the injured list one day into the 2020 season. Davidson later denied having actually contracted the virus since he only had one positive test; all subsequent tests were negative, including tests for antibodies. Davidson was able to return a week later and went on to have a couple moments, including a grand slam off the bench in a win over the Cardinals, but the overall body of work was dismal and the Reds designated him for assignment in early September. All 29 other teams passed on Davidson while he was on waivers and he later elected free agency in October after losing his 40-man spot for a second time. Davidson has struck out in more than one-third of his 1,075 career PA and needs to be heavily shielded from same-side pitching.
Nobody is questioning Davidson’s power, but many question if he can make enough contact to fully take advantage of his power. Davidson hit 11 home runs with a .261/.383/.591 slash line over the first six weeks of the season with a 16% walk rate and a 31% strikeout rate. He hit .221/.292/.371 with nine homers the rest of the way as the league discovered how to avoid his nitro zone. The offensive issues are exacerbated against righties -- Davidson’s on-base percentage is 100 points lower than it is against lefties thanks in part to a 36% strikeout rate. Davidson ended the season pitching a few times and the White Sox entertained the idea of making him a two-way player for the 2019 season, but they ultimately chose to non-tender Davidson. Chances are, he will have to settle for a minor-league deal with a spring training invite from another club.
At age 26, Davidson had his first near-complete season at the big-league level. For those who simply needed cheap power from the waiver wire, Davidson scratched that itch with 26 homers in 443 plate appearances, but there are major concerns in his profile. His strikeout rate soared to 37.2 percent, which paired with his lack of walks (4.3 percent), generated a meager .220/.260/.452 line. To make matters worse, he hit just .209/.243/.450 against righties thanks to his 39.9 percent strikeout rate in that split. Nothing is guaranteed to Davidson as far as playing time in 2018. While the White Sox continue their rebuilding effort, they'll have plenty of competition for roster spots. Moreover, Davidson's below-average defense at third base will push him more toward regular DH duty when he plays since Jose Abreu is entrenched at first base. He's more likely to be squeezed from the White Sox's 25-man roster in 2018 than he is to repeat or improve upon what he did last season.
Davidson's time in the White Sox's organization had mostly been filled with disappointment, but the former top prospect turned things around somewhat in his third year at Triple-A Charlotte. He continued to flash solid power (10 home runs, 20 doubles, .176 ISO in 284 Triple-A at-bats), but more notable was the fact that he brought his strikeout percentage below 30 percent for the first time since leaving the Diamondbacks while raising his on-base percentage to .349. These numbers paired with an assortment of problems in Chicago led the White Sox to promote the 25-year-old for his first big league action since 2013. The good times ended abruptly, however, as he broke his foot just six innings into his cup of coffee with the White Sox, ending his season. Despite the unfortunate finish, Davidson seems to have made some adjustments at the plate, which could help him compete for a major league roster spot out of spring training.
On the eve of the 2014 season, it looked like Davidson might open the year as the White Sox’s starting third baseman. He did not, and his status has an MLB prospect status has taken a major nosedive since he joined the organization that offseason. His big bat power has translated away from the friendly confines of the Diamondbacks’ minor league affiliates, as he has posted consecutive 20-home run seasons and a .179 ISO in his two years at Triple-A Charlotte. However, he has also struck out in excess of 30 percent of his plate appearances in the past two seasons while his on-base percentage has plummeted. Unless that trend reverses, Davidson will likely continue to toil away in the minors. The team's decision to go out and acquire Todd Frazier via trade speaks highly to what they expect (or rather, do not expect) from Davidson in the coming years.
Davidson entered 2014 with high expectations, and he did not meet any of them. The White Sox acquired him in the 2013 offseason for closer Addison Reed, and he only had to beat out the likes of Conor Gillaspie for the Opening Day third base gig. He struck out too much in spring training, however, earned a demotion to Triple-A Charlotte, and then failed to hit .200. Some drop off was to be expected with the change of minor league environments (Reno to Charlotte), but his already-high strikeout rate hit 30% and he struck out 40 times in April alone. Part of the struggle may have been the psychological effect of moving to a new organization with high hopes and then missing the roster, so there is some hope for a rebound. The organization's depth at third remains slim, so he could man the hot corner at some point in 2015.
A late-season callup, Davidson didn't show his potential in the big leagues last September. Despite winning the Triple-A Home Run Derby and hitting 17 home runs in Reno in 115 games last year, he only went deep three times for the Snakes. Blocked in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt entrenched at first base and Martin Prado signed long term to play third, Davidson was flipped to the White Sox in December for closer Addison Reed. Once he's deemed ready for the big leagues, Davidson should be able to take over as the White Sox's starting third baseman with a much clearer path to playing time than he ever had with the D-Backs.
Davidson proved that the power he displayed at Visalia in 2011 was not simply the byproduct of a hitter-friendly environment, as he increased his ISO from .188 to .210 with a promotion to Double-A Mobile last season. It's also a very encouraging sign that his plate discipline improved, as Davidson drew more walks (11.8%) and struck out less (21.7%). After splitting time at the corner-infield spots at High-A, Davidson was used exclusively at third base during his time at Double-A and the result was an improved fielding percentage (.921) with nearly three times as many chances. A big league debut in 2013 should be on the horizon, but the production of the D-Backs' alternatives at the position, and the readiness of his glove will ultimately determine his arrival.
Davidson was the other half of the D-Backs' young corner-infield tandem at Visalia in 2011, splitting time with Bobby Borchering at first and third base. Although Borchering showed a bit more pop, Davidson boasted a better fielding percentage at third base and ultimately that could be a factor in determining which player gets the first look with the big club. Like Borchering, Davidson still needs to improve his eye at the plate and the development plan should leave both players in a similar arrangement at Double-A Mobile in 2012.
The other half of the D-Backs' young power-hitting tandem at Low-A South Bend, Davidson turned his .289/.371/.504 line into a late season callup to High-A Visalia. Much like teammate Bobby Borchering, the big questions surrounding Davidson's future are centered around concerns about his defensive ability. As a 19-year-old in a pitcher-friendly league, Davidson demonstrated ample plate discipline while trailing only Mariners farmhand Nick Franklin in the home-run department of the players their age last season. He'll return to the California League to open 2011 and a good campaign there may lead to a look with Double-A Mobile before the season is through. If Davidson continues to increase his power output as expected, recognition for his long-term offensive upside will significantly increase.
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Becomes free agent
DHFree Agent  F
October 6, 2022
Davidson a href="https://www.milb.com/las-vegas/transactions">elected free agency Thursday.
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Designated for assignment
DHOakland Athletics  F
June 21, 2022
Davidson was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Tuesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Homers off bench Wednesday
DHOakland Athletics  F
June 15, 2022
Davidson went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 10-1 loss to the Red Sox.
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Remains on bench Wednesday
DHOakland Athletics  F
June 15, 2022
Davidson isn't starting Wednesday against the Red Sox.
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Could be on outs for everyday role
DHOakland Athletics  F
June 14, 2022
Davidson is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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