CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson has had a passion for pitching since he was a young player who loved watching Randy Johnson in action.Davidson came up through the Minors with the D-backs and White Sox as a hitter, and made all of his appearances in the field at the corner infield
CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson has had a passion for pitching since he was a young player who loved watching Randy Johnson in action.
Davidson came up through the Minors with the D-backs and White Sox as a hitter, and made all of his appearances in the field at the corner infield spots over the first three seasons of his career. But after throwing three scoreless innings in three appearances in 2018, Davidson is working toward adding pitching to his offseason preparation.
The White Sox certainly don't want to squelch Davidson's dream, but there's no guarantee he will be part of the 2019 pitching staff, even in the smallest of roles. A Friday report from 670 The Score stated the White Sox have given Davidson the freedom to pursue a pitching addition and will assess the situation through the offseason with Davidson living close to the team's Camelback Ranch complex. But according to an e-mail from general manager Rick Hahn, there's nothing new on Davidson's pitching pursuit to report.
Davidson, 27, hit .228 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs during the 2018 campaign, but earned recognition for scoreless innings thrown at Texas on June 29, against the Blue Jays on July 27 and against the Yankees on Aug. 6. Davidson fanned two, walked one and allowed one hit.
Davidson pitched in three mop-up situations and was not used during the final two months in any remotely close game. But he certainly showed more ability than the usual position player eating up innings.
After his third outing, Davidson admitted to MLB.com his arm was "pretty sore." So, the offseason work would be a necessity, even if Davidson were only going to be used a few times in the upcoming season.
"It's pretty intense," Davidson told MLB.com in early September of pitching. "But yeah, definitely, I would love to explore that."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.