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3B Travis Demeritte picked by Rangers at 30

6/7/2013

The Texas Rangers selected Travis Demeritte, a third baseman that many see as a shortstop, from Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia (as we've seen in recent years, the Rangers like players from Georgia) with the 30th pick in the MLB draft.

Demeritte hit .404 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 126 plate appearances (89 at-bats). He scored 42 runs and played in 29 games. Various scouting services say he could play third, shortstop or second. He also pitched for his team this past season, going 8-1 with a 0.69 ERA in 50 2/3 innings.

ESPN.com's Keith Law in his final mock draft had the Rangers taking Demeritte with the 23rd pick. Instead, they get him seven picks later. Here's what the ESPN.com's scouting service says about him:

If you like projectable, raw, high school infielders, Demeritte might be the guy for you. He's an athletic kid with loose, quick actions, but is crude as a hitter and won't remain at shortstop in pro ball.

His bat speed is a huge asset, so while he loads his hands way too deep and far out from his body, he can still recover and drive the ball against high school pitching, showing impressive power for his age. He has the arm for the left side of the infield but not the feet or the instincts, and will at least have to move to third base in time.

He could go as high as the end of the first round, although I think that's too rich for a position player from Georgia who's still this raw, seeing him as more of a second-round talent.