Scouting Padres Prospect #56: Drew Davidson

In 2001,'s own SuperPrep ranked Drew Davidson's Dowling high school the 21st best in the country. After a successful collegiate career with Illinois, the Padres are reaping the rewards.

Plucked in the 22nd round of the 2005 Draft, Drew Davidson emerged as a power bat after being named third team All-American at Illinois.

"That was an interesting pick that deep," Bill Gayton, the Padres' Director of Scouting, said.

To get him so late in the draft it was low risk, high reward.

His strength comes in studying the opposition. His avid work in scouting the opposition, namely the pitchers, enables him to know what out-pitch to expect.

He has pull power but will slap the ball to the opposite field based on the count, sometimes rare in a player than can take the ball over the fence with a semblance of regularity.

"We have a lot of outfielders who can hit for average but he has power," minor league field coordinator Bill Bryk explained. "He has upside because of his power. He doesn't run quite as well as a guy like Brian Cavanaugh, but Drew is a step ahead of some guys because of his power."

"Good athlete, Gayton added. "Strong kid, wound tight and has some pop."

The outfielder hit .297 in 34 games with Eugene, smacking 12 extra base hits and hitting .304 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and a blistering .429 with RISP and two outs.

"He played extremely well for us this year," former director of player development Tye Waller said.

He was moved up to Fort Wayne where he hit .262 in 21 games with five homers – but lost some plate discipline along the way with one walk and 21 K's. He also struggled with RISP in Midwest League play with five hits in 25 at bats and one hit in 12 at bats with RISP and two outs.

In a strange quirk, Davidson preferred hitting on the road in both leagues. He batted .333 on the road and just .225 at home across the two leagues. He also didn't like being the designated hitter, batting just .213 when he did not play the field.

"He flashed some games where he put together some pretty good at bats," said Gayton. "Good athlete that can run a little."

"He is a corner outfielder who could play some center with pop," Bryk said. "He is an interesting guy because of power potential."

And those who talk about him pegged his profile – should he hit for the power they expect, he could make himself a legitimate prospect in the system and go as far as his bat takes him.

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