MINNEAPOLIS -- When Matt Davidson was acquired from the D-backs for closer Addison Reed during this past offseason, the White Sox looked as if they had their third baseman of the future. That future looked to be a little more in the distance with the 23-year-old hitting .191 and having struck out 87 times in 241 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte.
But assistant general manager Buddy Bell reports progress with Davidson, especially after Jim Thome, the former big league slugger and special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, spent time with the club's No. 1 prospect last week.
"I think Jimmy is really good at just making you feel better about yourself. Sometimes that's all you really need," said Bell of Thome's work with Davidson. "Just the energy Jimmy gives a player is more important than any mechanical change.
"Matty just got himself in a situation where like a lot of other Triple-A guys, they just want to get to the big leagues so bad that you start doing some things that are kind of out of character on a mechanical basis. He's doing well defensively and he's starting to get to a fastball. If you can't hit a fastball, you can't play in the big leagues. He's going much better with that."
Davidson has gone 4-for-7 over his last two games and has knocked out 11 homers with 24 RBIs on the season.
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