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Avisail finding power stroke at plate

Davidson not yet adding pitching to job title
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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia entered Saturday night's contest with the Blue Jays having belted 10 home runs over his last 84 plate appearances.

It's the sort of power expected from the 6-foot-4, 240-pound White Sox right fielder. It's also the sort of raw power potentially making Garcia a perennial 25-home run sort of producer.

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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia entered Saturday night's contest with the Blue Jays having belted 10 home runs over his last 84 plate appearances.

It's the sort of power expected from the 6-foot-4, 240-pound White Sox right fielder. It's also the sort of raw power potentially making Garcia a perennial 25-home run sort of producer.

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"Yeah, eventually I think he could be. He's got power to every single field," said White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson of Garcia. "When you take the ball out in any part of the ballpark, if you stay with a good approach and swing at good pitches, and put a good pass on it, a lot of things can happen for you.

"He's getting the ball, catching it out front, catching it with a little bit of an upswing instead of so much deep. A couple of them he caught kind of deep, the ones in Cincinnati where he hit to the right side. He understands his foundation of his approach.

"So then you can spurn off of that, but until you get a good foundation of approach and physicality and how you want to stand in there and how you want to move, it takes a minute," Steverson said. "If you got it, you can do it kind of thing. He's got it. Through maturation, there are a lot of things you can do different. You have to have a foundation first."

Before that maturation came about, most of the questions for Steverson centered on when Garcia would live up to his potential. His All-Star season in 2017 and his power outburst this season has the always upbeat and hard-working Garcia looking more like a rebuild staple, although the team has contractual control over him only through '19, as opposed to an afterthought.

"Right now, once you walk up to that on-deck circle and say, 'This is what I want to do and this is where I want to see it,' if you get it, you are able to pull the trigger," Steverson said. "That's the majority of the battle really. It's not getting stuck. He's free of mind when he sees a pitch he wants to swing at, going for it."

Davidson's job title not changing

Even with two perfect innings pitched under his belt this season, don't look for infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson's job description to be changed to include part-time reliever.

Video: TOR@CWS: Davidson pitches a 1-2-3 top of the 9th

"To look at him long term as a reliever, that's not something I think about with him," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We're just really happy that we have a guy that can go in there and throw strikes when we're trying to give [relievers] a little bit of a break."

The idea of Davidson working more frequently as a pitcher came from Davidson postgame Friday after pitching a perfect ninth. Davidson talked about his passion for pitching, although he hadn't taken the mound in nine years, and how his dream as a young player always was to record the game-winning strikeout as opposed to the walk-off home run.

"I'm not surprised he would relish trying to do it," Renteria said. "Finding those guys, it's intriguing, especially for him, who feels like he can do it. I'm sure he feels positive about trying to get into the game."

Guerrero celebrating his Hall of Fame uncle

The White Sox gave Josue Guerrero four days off from Minor League action this weekend to join his family for the Hall of Fame induction of Vladimir Guerrero, his uncle, in Cooperstown. The younger Guerrero, 18, currently plays outfield for the organization's Arizona Rookie League team after being a big part of the team's 2016 international class.

"I'm very proud of [Vlad] making it to the Hall of Fame," said Josue through an interpreter from Cooperstown. "He is why I'm here. I follow whatever my uncle does. I try to do it just like him or better."

Josue remembers visiting Vlad as a youngster during the summer and how proud he was and is of him. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Josue's cousin, who also is in Cooperstown for his dad's induction, is rated as the game's No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and Josue hopes to someday face him in the big leagues when the White Sox play the Blue Jays.

"I thought about that. I hope God will give me the opportunity to play against my cousin," Josue said. "So far, I've had a great experience with the White Sox. They have helped me out a lot and treated me really good."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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