Detroit Tigers: Who to take in the Rule 5 draft?
Demeritte was drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Texas Rangers, then in 2016 he was sent to the Atlanta Braves in a mid-season trade.
He had a hot 2016 batting .266/.361/.554 over 530 plate appearances, hitting a combined 28 home runs, 17 stolen bases, 29 doubles, and 9 triples between the Rangers and Braves farm system. At the end of the 2016 season, Baseball America had him as the 19th best prospect in the Braves system.
2017 saw Travis Demeritte cooling off while hitting .231/.306/.402 over 458 at-bats, hitting 15 home runs, collecting 5 stolen bases, 21 doubles, and 6 triples in the Braves Farm System. The Braves have one of the best farm systems in the leauge now, and Demeritte is nowhere to be found in the Brave’s Top 30 prospect’s list on MLB.com. It’s no surprise then, that the Brave’s left him exposed to the Rule 5 draft.
With the Detroit Tigers actively shopping Ian Kinsler, he could provide depth at second base for the team.