Travis Demeritte Scouting Report (2014)
With 2013 draft hype in Georgia focused on Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows, Travis Demeritte flew under the radar. With the athletic profile the Texas Rangers love, Texas drafted the Winder-Barrow High School (GA) product with the 30th pick. Making his full-season debut with Hickory, the second baseman is the closest thing the organization has to a true, five tool prospect.
A premium athlete with a compact, explosive frame, Demeritte has the physical tools to impact games. He looks more like a college tailback than a middle infielder. Like most tailbacks, he has breakaway speed. On a liner off the right field wall, his home-to-second time was 7.75. On a routine grounder to second, the 19-year-old ran a 4.15 time (65/80), easing up a few feet from first base. Athleticism is an asset, but how does it transition to his glove work?
Listed as a shortstop, Travis Demeritte has worked exclusively at second base this season. He projects as at least an average defender at second, but has hard hands and a tendency to sit back on ground balls, leaving him prone to boots and bobbles. On a routine 4-3, he let the ball play him, booted it and rushed to recover, resulting in a throwing error down the right field line. Had he charged the ball off the bat, the result would have been a friendlier hop and easier throw to first base.
His throwing arm plays anywhere on the infield. It’s as strong as teammate Lewis Brinson, profiled two weeks ago as having a solid-average arm with plus potential by Spencer Schneier. Demeritte flashed it turning a double play, taking a step back to avoid the runner and firing a strike to first base.
The right-handed hitting Demeritte has a strong offensive projection too. His movements are free and easy, generating lift at the point of contact. An athletic base helps drive future power projection. Barreling baseballs to all fields in batting practice, Demeritte projects flashed power to all fields. In game action, he hit a laser beam off the right field wall for a loud hit.
After pounding a fastball to lead off the game, Demeritte faced a steady diet of breaking balls. He failed to adjust. Facing an advanced curveball from Alex Balog and fringy, Frisbee slider from Trent Blank, Demeritte swung over or on top of multiple off-speed pitches. He struck out against Balog’s Curveball and grounded out on Blank’s two-seam fastball. The biggest difference between short season and full season baseball is the quality of breaking pitches batters face. Demeritte has the athleticism to make adjustments with repetition and experience.
Travis Demeritte has struggled to begin the season, posting a .200/.297/.400 slash line in 17 games. A cold, rainy April look isn’t ideal, but the first round pick impressed regardless. Demeritte flashed big tools, while working counts and laying off pitches out of the zone. Demeritte will adjust and develop into a top second base prospect.TOOLPRESENTFUTURE
Hitting Ability 30 50 Power 35 55 Speed 65 55 Fielding Ability 35 50 Arm 45 60 PROJECTED ROLE EVERYDAY SECOND BASEMAN
Owning Travis Demeritte
In deep dynasty leagues, Travis Demeritte is a player to hold even though the quick move from shortstop to second base hurts his value. Fact is, the Rangers prospect was undervalued over the winter given his impressive tools. If available in deep leagues, the Rangers product is a solid add — especially for owners who speculate on ceiling above all else.
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