Davidson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old boosted his standing as a prospect after a dominant 2019 split between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. Over the two stops, Davidson posted a 2.15 ERA and 134:54 K:BB in 129.2 innings. In another organization, Davidson might have gotten a look in the big leagues already, but with a number of young, high-upside arms ahead of him in the Braves' system, the southpaw looks poised to spend the bulk of the 2020 season at Triple-A.
Davidson was added to the Braves' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Davidson's contract was selected in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 23-year-old lefty spent the bulk of last season with Double-A Mississippi, where he recorded an excellent 2.03 ERA and a 27.2 percent strikeout rate over 21 starts. In four starts for Triple-A Gwinnett late in the year, his ERA stayed strong at 2.84, but his strikeout rate collapsed to 14.6 percent. He likely still has some work to do at that level.
The Braves promoted Davidson from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Davidson was one of a quartet of well-regarded Atlanta prospects to make the move to the International League, with pitcher Ian Anderson and outfielders Cristian Pache and Drew Waters also receiving callups. The 23-year-old lefty supplied a 2.03 ERA and 122:45 K:BB in 110.2 innings at Mississippi.
Davidson tossed six scoreless innings for Double-A Mississippi on Monday, scattering three hits and three walks while striking out six.
The 23-year-old lefty doesn't have a big prospect pedigree after being a 19th-round pick in 2016, but Davidson has been borderline dominant this year in his first crack at the high minors. He leads the Southern League with a 1.48 ERA, and his 78:35 K:BB through 73 innings and stingy 0.37 HR/9 suggest that isn't entirely the product of good luck. Davidson's control remains a work in progress, which could eventually relegate him to the bullpen if it doesn't improve, but he can touch 95 mph with his fastball and features three potentially average or better offspeed pitches. In an Atlanta system deep in pitching, he's been largely overlooked, but Davidson could have a future in a big-league rotation.
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