The White Sox have spent all day Wednesday celebrating #MattyDDay on social media. Turns out it's a cause worth celebrating.
Despite hitting 26 home runs last season — the second most on the team last season, after Jose Abreu — Matt Davidson had some real offensive issues in 2017, only getting on base at a .260 clip and walking just 19 times on the season, while striking out 165 times in 443 plate appearances.
Those results brought about plenty of legitimate questions about his long-term future on the South Side, where Rick Hahn's rebuilding efforts are planned to produce a perennial contender. With so many highly touted prospects on the way, does Davidson have a place on those contending teams of the future?
Well, Davidson's trying to answer that question in 2018, and his production so far this spring is showing that he could hit his way into the conversation.
Through his first eight Cactus League games, Davidson posted a .375/.444/.792 slash line, cranking out five extra-base hits (two homers, two doubles and a triple), racking up 19 total bases, driving in 12 runs and walking three times compared to six strikeouts. Then in his first at-bat in Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, he singled in a pair of runs to bring his RBI total on the spring to 14.
And after that, he smacked a solo shot to bring his spring homer total to three and his spring RBI total to 15.
That ought to change the discussion surrounding the White Sox reported interest in adding a designated hitter. Davidson is expected to get the bulk of the at-bats at DH, and while spring production doesn't at all mean that regular-season success will follow, this kind of showing from Davidson is definitely a positive sign for fans and observers who wondered what he'd do in 2018.
So maybe #MattyDDay isn't enough. Maybe Davidson's White Sox teammates should consider expanding the celebration to #MattyDMonth.