It appears the Raiders aren’t the only team tapping the Clemson to Oakland pipeline. Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson was selected by the Oakland A’s with the 29th pick in the first round of Monday’s MLB draft. Davidson will be joining fellow Clemson alum Daniel Gossett in Oakland.
Davidson finished 2019 with a .293 average, 15 HR, 17 SB, and 55 RBI. Out of high school, Davidson was drafted in the 30th round by the Philadelphia Phillies but opted for college ball. Davidson was projected to be drafted in somewhere in the mid to late first round, and this was certainly a steal for Oakland being able to snag him at 29th.
Davidson has a good tall lean build, is good with the glove, has a strong arm, and is a switch hitter. He tallied double-digit HR and SB three-straight seasons with Clemson. Davidson is the kind of prospect that could certainly stay at shortstop, or could move around the infield depending on team needs. Some scouts have drawn comparisons between Davidson and Mets’ second baseman Jed Lowerie, and with Rockies’ outfielder Ian Desmond. It’s also worth nothing that Davidson was drafted just a four spots lower than former Clemson first baseman Richie Shaffer was drafted in 2009 (25th, Tampa Bay), given that both players ended up in Clemson by way of Providence High School in Charlotte.
Because of his strong arm, good glove, and power potential at a premium defensive position, Davidson is a safe pick for Oakland. It was enough to make him the first Clemson Tiger to go in the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft