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Travis Demeritte

Born: 09/30/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
Primary Position: 2B
Physical/Health
Premium athleticism, quick-twitch, thin frame, filled out with lean muscle, sneaky upper-body strength, minimal projection remaining
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/26/2016
Dates Seen 4/17, 4/30, 6/21, 6/26/16
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Extreme 50 40/Utility Infielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Open setup with crouch, hands high and tight off back ear, moderate waggle, flattens at first move, aggressive flair to start load, hands drift, inconsistent trigger; length into zone, bat will drag, drops back shoulder, hips fly open; elite wrist strength, plus bat speed with moderate leverage, poor barrel delivery, frequent over-swings; in-between approach, can get passive in-zone, will expand in all directions, especially vulnerable to high velo, poor tracking and pick-up of spin, in-zone swing-and-miss, susceptible to weak fly ball contact
Power 50 Easy plus raw, leverage and strength to drive the baseball, lift in plane, max effort swing with plus bat speed, shows ability to let it get deep, can drive it to all fields, strength to muslce it out; in-game utility limited by poor hit tool
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.33 on loan clock, quick-twitch athleticism plays in start-up, solid reads, times pitchers, picks his spots; quick breaks in the field, average speed can play to full utility
Glove 55 Above-average quickness and agility, speed plays to average range, fluidity and mobility to the ground; hands will jab to the ball, advanced footwork around the bag; physicality and arm strength suggest potential for left-side utility
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, flashes plus velo at second; controls his body, moderate accuracy across his body, quality turns with a quick transfer
Overall

2013 1st rounder (#30 overall) out of high school, extreme risk profile due to raw bat and an 80-game PED suspension served in 2015. Demeritte shows premium athleticism and quick-twitch movement, and he projects to boast four average-or-better game tools. The raw power is true plus, as he has a swing built to drive the baseball. The loud contact he manages to make comes at the high price of extreme swing-and-miss tendencies heightened by an aggressive approach that frequently migrates out of the zone. Between empty swings and those that produce weak pop-up or rolled-over contact I'm not convinced he ever hits .240 in the big leagues, but there's enough patience and power that I think he can make it work enough to drive a second-division starting profile at the keystone, with the physicality for utility reps around the dirt if the hit tool holds him back.

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