Davidson Takes Home MVP Honors In Futures Game

By Matthew Hochberg

Top hitting prospect Matt Davidson, who plays for Triple-A Reno was named MVP of the All-Star Futures Game yesterday, baseball’s annual game which features top prospects. He homered in the fourth inning, and led the United States to a 4-2 victory over the World Team. The two-run shot came of off Michael Ynoa of the Oakland Athletics, and the U.S. emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA infielder Matt Davidson hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Davidson, just 22 years old, admitted to the excitement of the big hit.

"“I didn’t actually see it,” Davidson told Yahoo! after the game. “I was trying to put it all together — like, ‘What is going on here?’ — and I couldn’t help but smile coming around third.”"

The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will be receiving his batting helmet and gloves, and while they wanted his bat as well, the budding star slugger didn’t give it to them. Apparently, supplies are limited down in the minor leagues.

"“The Hall of Fame wanted to take one of my bats, and I told them I’m on an unbelievable pace for breaking bats. I broke about 40 this year. It’s unreal,” Davidson said. “So I don’t know what it is. But I was like, I’ve got to have this. I mean, I’ve got to make the season still. And I hit a homer with it, so I better keep it. It’s lucky.”"

The third baseman is currently batting .291/.354/.500 with 14 home runs and 24 doubles for Reno. It is only a matter of time before he gets his shot in the big leagues.