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Davidson powers Peoria with pair of home runs

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Braxton Davidson led Peoria in a high-scoring Arizona Fall League affair on Tuesday, belting two home runs in the Javelinas' 12-7 win over Surprise at Surprise Stadium.

Davidson hit a solo home run in the sixth, followed by a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh that gave Peoria an 8-6 lead. The Braves prospect has three home runs during the Fall League season.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Braxton Davidson led Peoria in a high-scoring Arizona Fall League affair on Tuesday, belting two home runs in the Javelinas' 12-7 win over Surprise at Surprise Stadium.

Davidson hit a solo home run in the sixth, followed by a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh that gave Peoria an 8-6 lead. The Braves prospect has three home runs during the Fall League season.

"Right situation, right time," Davidson said. "Just trying to put good swings on balls, trying to find the barrel and just be more consistent with that."

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Davidson went 3-for-5, also hitting a double. He is batting .222 with seven RBIs in 10 AFL games.

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Since being selected in the first round of the 2014 Draft, Davidson has hit .213/.341/.349 over five Minor League seasons. He hit .171/.281/.365 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs, both career highs, in 121 games for Class A Advanced Florida in 2018.

"I had a little bit of a rough year, with the strikeouts and stuff like that," Davidson said. "But just trying to make contact, hard contact, put good swings on balls, have quality at-bats and see what happens from there."

Davidson is enjoying his time in the Fall League, but he is also out to prove something.

"Baseball's a tough game, mentally and physically," Davidson said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I'm out here with a bunch of good guys, guys that can hit. There's a bunch of good ball players out here. I believe I'm one of them."

After only playing in the outfield in his first three full pro seasons from 2015-17, Davidson moved to first base, a familiar position, this past season.

"I've proved I can play in the outfield for three years," Davidson said. "Going back to first base is my natural position. I played there all in high school, so I'm glad I'm back over there. It's a little bit more comfortable for me."

Davidson wasn't the only Peoria player to hit two home runs. Austin Allen, the Padres' No. 25 prospect, also went deep in consecutive innings, hitting homers in the seventh and eighth. Allen went 2-for-5 with five RBIs.

Drake Dunaway is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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