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White Sox send third base prospect Matt Davidson to Charlotte
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox sent third base prospect Matt Davidson to AAA Charlotte and requested waivers on right-hander Mitchell Boggs, two of five roster moves made by the club on Sunday morning.
Outfielder Jordan Danks and right-hander Jake Petricka were also sent to AAA Charlotte, and right-hander Dylan Axelrod was reassigned to minor-league camp.
The only move that was a minor surprise was Boggs, who signed a free-agent contract during the off-season. But Boggs, who had an off year last season, also struggled during Cactus League games. His contract was contingent on making the opening day roster.
“That was tough,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “We just basically ran out of time with him. He showed some improvement in terms of a couple of delivery adjustments that [pitching coach Don Cooper] wanted him to make. In the end, he got beat out by some other options. This gives him the opportunity to perhaps catch on with someone else before Opening Day.”
Boggs’ could open a door for rookie right-hander Daniel Webb to make the Opening Day roster.
Davidson, 22, is considered the Sox third baseman of the future, but the Sox want him to get more seasoning in the minors, even though he had 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats to finish with a .308 average in Cactus League games and looked more comfortable in the field as camp went on. The Sox traded closer Addison Reed to get him from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with where Matt Davidson is right now,” Hahn said. “He came into even the hitter’s camp with a couple of things we wanted to adjust defensively and offensively. Almost immediately he took to the defensive adjustment and in about the last 10 days he made the offensive adjustment, which pertains to his timing mechanism.
“This decision is about him going down and getting regular reps and being able to show us on a pitch-to-pitch basis that he’s able to maintain those adjustments. We view him as a long-term solution, someone who’s going to part of a successful White Sox club for many years and we really aren’t hung up about whether that starts March 31st or May 1st or August 1st.”
Danks hit five home runs this spring, and, got squeezed out of a crowded outfield with Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo. The Sox are likely exploring a trade and wouldn’t mind moving De Aza for a pitcher or AA-level prospect.
“Jordan obviously had an outstanding spring,” Hahn said. “(He) has really done everything we have asked of him over the last couple of years in terms of coming up and being prepared when the opportunity does arise in Chicago. We told him it was a tough decision but one that was affected by numbers and the rest of the roster, and that he needs to go down there and keep doing what he’s doing and be ready when the opportunity inevitably arises at the big leagues.”
With the moves, the Sox have 33 players in major-league camp: 14 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and five outfielders. The 40-man roster is at 39.