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Tucker Davidson
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 2" 215LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 19, #559, Atlanta Braves | Midland College (TX)
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 1 10.80 1 1 0 1.2 2 4.20
1 Season 0 1 10.80 1 1 0 1.2 2 4.20
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0-1 10.80 1.2 2 4.20
1 Season 1 0-1 10.80 1.2 2 4.20

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2020 ATL NL 13 0 1 10.80 1 1 0 1.2 3 7 2 1 4 2 4.20
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

If you think all of the pitching the Braves got from the 2016 Draft came from the high school ranks, don't forget Davidson was a 19th-round product of junior college baseball. The Midland College alum jumped on the map in his first full season when he took advantage of a chance to start midway through the year, but he had trouble duplicating those results with a move to the Florida State League in 2018. He righted the ship with an All-Star campaign in the Double-A Southern League in 2019, earning a late promotion to Triple-A and a spot on the Braves’ 40-man roster.

Some feel Davidson is right there with fellow lefty Kyle Muller in terms of his stuff. He does have the chance to have a solid three-pitch mix and has shown the ability to maintain that stuff deep into starts. His fastball velocity stays consistent, with the ability to hit 96-97 mph regularly. He can keep the ball down to get ground-ball outs but also shows a willingness to pitch up in the zone when needed. His curve flashes above average, and he shows the ability to add and subtract from it, almost giving him two distinct pitches. He can throw his breaking ball harder with more bite and depth to get hitters to chase, then will mix in a slower curve as a get-me-over type pitch. His changeup is improving and is now an average offspeed offering.

Davidson’s control improved in 2019, though he still has room to improve his overall command of his repertoire. That would give him an even better chance to start long-term, with the Braves knowing he’s pitched in relief, successfully, in the past, should they need him in Atlanta.



2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

After the Braves took a flier on Davidson in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft out of Midland Junior College, Davidson began his professional career pitching as a reliever. The Braves gave him a chance to start in the middle of the 2017 season, and he ran with it, raising his profile. His move up to the Florida State League in 2018 didn't go as well, making it a little unclear what his future role will be, though he did bounce back in Double-A in 2019.

Davidson's stuff was still as good in 2018, but his game plan and command of that stuff took a step backward. As a starter, his fastball will sit in the 92-95 mph range, and he's shown more in shorter stints. He has a curve that flashes plus and some feel for his changeup. In 2018, he got a little fastball-happy at times, thinking he could blow it by hitters. As he struggled with command, he would fall behind, and hitters would sit on the pitch. He's worked to add strength and velocity and now needs to learn how to pitch with it.

Whether Davidson can remain a starter long-term remains to be seen. He has the stuff to do it, but he will need to show improvement in how he uses that stuff and in finding the strike zone. The good news is the Braves know his fastball-breaking ball combination would play very well as a lefty reliever.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

Having first-round picks develop into future big leaguers is all well and good, but what gets scouts really excited is when a late-round guy with fewer expectations takes an unexpected step forward. That's why the Braves are downright giddy about Davidson, a 2016 19th-round pick out of Midland Junior College, after a big first full season.

Davidson began the year pitching out of Rome's bullpen in the South Atlantic League and his stuff looked good in that role, with a fastball up to 97 mph and a solid breaking ball. In June, the Braves wanted to see what he would be like in a starting role and it turned out to look pretty good, as the southpaw posted a 2.76 ERA over 12 starts. His fastball was still in the 92-95 mph range and while he sacrificed a few strikeouts, he had a very strong ground-ball rate. His curve could be a plus pitch in time and he showed some feel for his changeup, though it's behind the other two pitches, and he threw a lot of strikes with all three offerings.

This wasn't a one-off experiment. The Braves think they might have a legitimate left-handed starting pitching prospect with a promising three-pitch mix. His next test will be maintaining the momentum while starting for an entire season.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Never an organization to shy away from the junior college ranks, the Braves liked Davidson's arm strength at Midland College enough to draft him in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft and go $25,000 above the $100K allotment for post-10th round picks to sign him. A reliever during his summer debut, Davidson's move to the rotation in the South Atlantic League during his first full season in 2017 has made him a much more intriguing prospect.

As a reliever, Davidson was up to 97 mph with his fastball with a very good breaking ball. He didn't lose a ton when he became a starter in June, throwing his heater in the 92-95 mph range, occasionally touching 96 mph. His curve has the chance to be a plus pitch eventually and while his changeup is behind the other two, he has shown some feel for it and it could give him a third at least Major League average offering in the future. Davidson missed bats and got ground-ball outs, while showing he can throw strikes with his fastball-curve combination, maintaining his velocity throughout his starts.

In a system with a lot of young pitching talent, Davidson's emergence in Rome in 2017 was a very pleasant surprise. There's some ceiling here, with the chance to start long-term, though the Braves know he could move quickly back in the bullpen if needed.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2020 53 7 1 14.3 89.5 18.3 57.1 .366 .749 .495 .516 .564 28.6 15.4 30.8 10.80 16.06
ALL 53 7 1 14.3 89.5 18.3 57.1 .366 .749 .495 .516 .564 28.6 15.4 30.8
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/19/2020 Atlanta Braves activated LHP Tucker Davidson.
09/30/2020 Atlanta Braves reassigned LHP Tucker Davidson to the minor leagues.
09/28/2020 Atlanta Braves recalled LHP Tucker Davidson from Braves Alternate Training Site.
09/27/2020 Atlanta Braves optioned LHP Tucker Davidson to Braves Alternate Training Site.
09/26/2020 Atlanta Braves recalled Tucker Davidson from Braves Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Braves Alternate Training Site from Gwinnett Stripers.
03/11/2020 Atlanta Braves optioned LHP Tucker Davidson to Gwinnett Stripers.
11/19/2019 Atlanta Braves selected the contract of Tucker Davidson from Gwinnett Stripers.
08/05/2019 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Gwinnett Stripers from Mississippi Braves.
04/02/2019 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Mississippi Braves from Florida Fire Frogs.
01/28/2019 Atlanta Braves invited non-roster LHP Tucker Davidson to spring training.
04/05/2018 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Florida Fire Frogs from Rome Braves.
03/27/2018 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Atlanta Braves.
08/08/2017 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Rome Braves from Danville Braves.
08/05/2017 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Danville Braves from Rome Braves.
05/18/2017 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Rome Braves from Danville Braves.
05/15/2017 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Danville Braves from Rome Braves.
04/04/2017 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to Rome Braves from GCL Braves.
06/24/2016 LHP Tucker Davidson assigned to GCL Braves.
06/15/2016 Atlanta Braves signed PR Joseph Davidson.