The A's signed 2019 first-round pick Logan Davidson on Monday, and introduced him to the media prior to their game against the Orioles.
The Clemson shortstop was joined by his parents, sister, girlfriend and agent Scott Boras at the Coliseum.
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"I know that the Oakland area likes Clemson people," Davidson quipped. "I thought that was pretty cool for sure with the Raiders and everything."
Davidson, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., was asked to describe himself as a player.
"I'm a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate," Davidson told the media in Oakland. "I play the game with a little spark. Pretty good shortstop, I'd say. I like to play defense. I just get after it."
For A's director of scouting Eric Kubota, that description sounds like another kid from the Queen City who ended up being a first-round pick.
"I'm on record as saying he reminds me a bit of Corey Seager," Kubota said. "It's the same offensive profile, shortstop who can impact the game with his bat and the glove, so that's who I thought of."
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Seager isn't a switch-hitter like Davidson, but the Dodgers shortstop went on to win NL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and has been named to two All-Star Games. So if Davidson can replicate Seager's talent, the A's have themselves a good player.
While the A's see a bit of Seager in Davidson, the 21-year-old patterned his game after a future Hall of Fame catcher.
"As a young kid, my dad and I liked Joe Mauer, so the left-handed swing is modeled after him with the balance and the smooth left-handed swing," Davidson said.
Now that Davidson has put pen to paper and been introduced to the media, he will begin his professional career Tuesday.
A's general manager David Forst announced that Davidson will fly out to Burlington, Vt. and start playing for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters.
"How quickly he moves is up to him," Forst said.