Travis Demeritte Scouting Report: Travis Demeritte ranked #13 on the LSB Community Prospect Rankings.
In the days leading up to Opening Day, I'm going to offer write-ups on the 31 players who made the Rangers' LSB Community Prospect Rankings Top 31. I've done this the last couple of years, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel, so some of this will be a repeat of what I've written before, particularly regarding draft history or performance pre-2013. Also, this is not based on my personal observations -- I'm not a scout, and haven't seen most of these guys. I'm just aggregating the numbers and what others say about these players.
So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at Travis Demeritte...
Demeritte is a righthanded hitting high school shortstop, listed at 6'1", 185 lbs. The Rangers took him with the 30th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of a Georgia high school and signed him to a $1.9M bonus, roughly $200,000 above slot. The first five words of the ESPN pre-draft scouting report on him included the words "raw" and "projectable." He's described as athletic. He has a plus arm, plus raw power, and "excellent bat speed," but there are questions about his approach at the plate and his hit tool.
As far as where he showed up in the 2013 pre-draft rankings, BA had him ranked at #56 in their top 500, Keith Law had him at #44, MLB.com had him at #50, and Scout had him at #63. Not every mock draft had Demeritte going in the first round, but those who did frequently had him going to Texas with one of their two top picks.
Demeritte went to the Rangers' complex league team for 2013 and acquitted himself well, putting up a .285/.411/.444 line in 175 plate appearances. That was good enough to have Demeritte ranked #9 on BA's top 20 prospect list for the AZL.
Demeritte gets dinged because he's considered very raw, and while he is currently a shortstop, he is expected to have to move to third base, or possibly second base, in the pros. But there's a lot of potential here, and if Demeritte develops, he could turn into an offensive threat as an infielder, with his best-case ceiling possibly being someone along the lines of Jeff Kent. I'm guessing Demeritte will start the 2014 season in Spokane, but the Rangers could challenge him by starting him at low-A Hickory.