Prospect Profile: Braxton Davidson

Posted on Aug 7 2015 - 11:47am by Harrison Coburn

Nearly every offensive prospect this system has is overlooked due to our stable of fine young arms. Braxton Davidson is quietly making a name for himself. While far away at age 19, Davidson projects to be a big league corner outfielder. Davidson was selected in the 1st Round last season, and is currently playing for Rome. In 2015, Davidson has a .247 with 19 doubles, 7 homers and 33 RBI. While the average looks a little low, he leads the team with a .389 on-base percentage (min. 200 AB). He’s had a rough start to his second half, and his average has paid the consequences. What I like about Davidson is the projectability. Look, we know that this kid is 19 years old and is going to get more power as he grows into his build. Davidson is a big kid. It’s the things that are hard to teach that are already instilled in his game that he has me impressed. He nearly has double the walks of any other player on the team, but he also leads the team in strikeouts. If he can cut down on this, his on-base percentage could go off the charts. He’s also proven to be a good clutch hitter for Rome this season. He has a .286 average (.429 OBP) with runners in scoring position. He has accumulated 24 of his 33 RBI in these situations. 5 of his home runs have been solo shots, so his RBI numbers are even a bit deceiving. He had a nice hitting streak in Rome in June. I have him ranked 13th on my top prospect list, and considering he’s still in A ball he has a ton of room to move up the rankings in coming years. If the left-handed hitter can make strides through his time in the minors he could very well be our left fielder for years to come.

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