Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Matt Davidson up, Jaff Decker to play, more

by Keith Hernandez on August 14, 2013 @ 13:05:00 PDT


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The Arizona Diamondbacks recently placed both Eric Chavez (left knee, right hip injuries) and Cody Ross (dislocated hip) on the disabled list. Matt Davidson arrived in the desert Sunday and went 1-for-3 in his major league debut after Ross went down in pain.

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt
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Baseball America rated Davidson, 22, the Snakes' best power-hitting prospect. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound right-hander was hitting .278 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 108 games with Triple-A Reno. Davidson was the MVP of the All-Star Futures Game and won the Home Run Derby at the Class AAA All-Star Game this year.

Davidson began flashing his pop in the pros immediately after being drafted 35th overall in 2009; He hit 18 total jacks in his first full minor league season at Class A and has hit at least 20 long balls in each of his last two seasons, with a career-high 23 at Double-A Mobile last year. Great bat speed and strong hands are responsible for his long-ball prowess. Over a full season, he has 30-home run power, easily.

The problem: Where will he play in Arizona? Even with Chavez and Ross out, it'll be tough for Kirk Gibson to put Davidson's stick in the lineup. Martin Prado is entrenched at third and the outfield is still crowded.

It's possible, though, that Prado is moved to the outfield to open the hot corner for Davidson when they realize they're out of contention in the NL West. That could come very soon, especially if the Los Angeles Dodgers stay hot. Davidson needs to be owned in NL leagues, and if he sees more PT, those in deep mixed leagues will be compelled to own him, too.


Carlos Quentin (strained knee) is back on the disabled list. What else is new? Jaff Decker took his roster spot over the weekend and recorded his first major league hit with a round-tripper in Colorado Monday. A foot injury curtailed his 2012 minor league season, but he bounced back at Triple-A Tucson this year, with a slash line of .293/.389/.450 with nine homers and 38 RBIs in 393 plate appearances.

The San Diego Padres won't be making the playoffs this year and will want to get a look at Decker and some of their other youngsters as the season winds down. Cameron Maybin (knee, elbow) was just pulled from his rehab assignment with a setback, too, so the outfield is open for Decker to continue seeing consistent PT.

Decker has always had good plate discipline, but the Friars would like to see more contact and less of an uppercut hack. It looks like he made some strides in that arena on the farm, and he'll continue the transition in SD. Scoop him up in NL-only universes immediately.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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