We were talking about Davidson just a couple of days ago, as the likely front-runner for third-baseman of the future, and John looked at him in more depth just before Christmas. A first-round pick in the 2009 draft, Davidson struggled in his pro debut, with a ..631 OPS as an 18-year old at Yakima. But he hit very well at South Bend the next year and, after initially struggling when promoted to Visalia, hit well again there in 2011 and for Double-A Mobile last season. The general consensus is that he's gonna have to work to keep his defense good enough for the hot corner, but a good arm should help compensate for a lack of range.
Factoid to drop in: Used also to be a pitcher in high-school, but wanted to play every day, so dropped that aspect of his game when he turned pro.
If Griffin keeps hitting as he has, he could be opening eyes this spring. In 204 pro games, he already has 46 home-runs - and isn't just a slugger, either, as he has hit over .300. Not bad for a 21st-round pick out of an unheralded college, Central Florida. He had 28 homers last year, and only a handful of prospects his age had more than that. The problem is, he's a first-baseman, can't play anywhere else, and the Diamondbacks already have one of those. We'll see how he progresses, but could end up being traded to another team, since it's hard to see us finding room for him.
Factoid to drop in: At 6'7" and 250 pounds, the name "Goldschmidt Lite" is both appropriate and...not.
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