Davidson has been working with hitting coach Todd Steverson in the cages on his new approach. Davidson said he can't get pull happy at the plate. He's expected to compete for a spot on the team's 25-man roster.
Davidson hit .237/.333/.434 in 76 at-bats last year.
"It certainly is possible he breaks with us Opening Day, but if that’s not the case we’ll see a lot of him this season once we feel he truly is ready," Hahn said on MLB Network’s ‘Clubhouse Confidential.’ "There’s still a few areas he’s going to improve in and we need to see some refinement."\
Among other areas, Davidson needs to improve his footwork at third base. A good spring-training performance will be crucial for his opening-day status. Davidson hit .237/.333/.434 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 76 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season.
"We still have guys who can play there, but it's a competition, definitely," Ventura said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "He has every reason to go in there and try to win the job.
"That's for a lot of spots. Guys are going to come in and you have a chance to win that job, but you do have other guys who can play there. Depending on how it goes in spring training, you make adjustments after that. But I venture to say for him he's going in there trying to win the job."
Even if Ventura isn't ready to commit to Davidson as the team's starting third baseman, it appears Ventura believes he could be close to being a major-league regular.
"You want him to play. But you start watching him, moving around, how he goes about his business, he fits the part. He looks like a big leaguer," Ventura said. "He can hit and has the power and everything else. Defensively, I got that rap, too, for a while, so I'm not worried about that."
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Reed has served as the White Sox's closer the last two seasons and stands to fill the same role for the Diamondbacks. He notched 40 saves last season with a 3.79 ERA.
Davidson made his major league debut for the Diamondbacks in 2013, hitting .237 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 31 games. Baseball America ranked Davidson as Arizona's No. 4 prospect going into the 2014 season.
Davidson finished 1 for 3 with two walks, three runs scored and four RBI. Davidson has his line up to a robust .250/.357/.467.
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