Demeritte is an offensive-minded power bat at second base for Mississippi, showing a loose and lively body with plus athleticism, and quick-twitch actions. He is among the bevy of former first-rounders on the Mississippi roster, taken by the Rangers in 2013 with the 30th overall pick before being treaded to the Braves near the 2016 trade deadline. The swing is on a good path, and he shows quick hands and wrists at the plate. He’ll look to drive pitches middle-in and out over the plate, and is aggressive, swinging at plenty of first pitches in my recent views. Demerrite’s bat is quick, and he can barrel balls up to all fields, but he struggles with below-average pitch recognition and is prone to expanding the zone and showing a lack of patience in his approach. He still carries a bunch of strikeouts on his back, with 139 strikeouts this year (28%), which is actually an improvement over his 38% strikeout rate last year across to High A clubs. His raw power is above-average, and the loft and leverage he gets continues to translate into games with a .171 ISO, though the home run production has dipped in Double-A to 15 from last year’s 28. Overall the hit tool still projects to fringe-average.
In the field, the actions are playable at second base, with his hands being somewhat firm, causing him some trouble on balls hit right at him. But he also shows above average lateral range with the ability to go glove side, and good footwork and quickness around the bag. His arm is above average, helped by a quick release and the ability to throw from angles. His future role will ultimately be determined by his ability to learn the strike zone and improve his pitch recognition skills. He has a tight ceiling of a Role 45 second baseman capable of playing every day on some clubs, with a floor of a Role 40 part-time player.