Hotter bat boosts spirits of 3B hope Matt Davidson
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter March 17, 2014 10:23PM
Updated: April 19, 2014 6:29AM
PHOENIX — Matt Davidson has nine games left to make the White Sox think twice about starting him off in Class AAA. He’s doing everything in his power.
On Monday, Davidson hit two doubles against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, one off the left-field wall and another down the third-base line on a 3-0 count.
“Over the past five days, I’m just getting a nice timing down on every single at-bat,’’ said Davidson, who was 2-for-4. “Making sure I’m in a good position to hit on every single pitch.’’
Davidson is playing a lot and has done nothing to make the Sox regret trading closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for him. The Sox regard him as their third baseman of the future, and, at 22, it won’t hurt him to start the season at Class AAA Charlotte to work on defensive improvements he has made with his pre-pitch setup and footwork.
“You want to be there Opening Day, but that’s not going to define my career,’’ he said.
The bat seems to be coming along after a slow start.
“Yeah, I feel great,’’ he said. “The number [.233 average] on the scoreboard isn’t where I want it to be, but where I’m at, I feel great compared to other seasons as far as the plan and everything. I think I’m on my way to a very good 2014.’’
After talking with Paul Konerko and taking what the captain said to the plate, Davidson is convinced that timing is everything.
“It’s like Paulie said: You see so many pitches a year, how many of those can you be on time for?’’ Davidson said. “My downfall is I’ve been hot and cold where I’m not on time when I go in bad streaks. I don’t have problems with my mechanics or swing plane, but my timing has been messed up where it affects my mechanics.
“I finally convinced myself that was the only thing I had going wrong. If you’re not on time, the mechanics don’t matter.’’