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School: Indiana; Class: Senior
Position: 3B; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 215 pounds
Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 8th round, 2013
Background: DeMuth turned down a fairly hefty payday – reportedly $150,000 – after the Twins selected the lefty-swinging third baseman in the eighth round last June, opting to return back to the Hoosiers and team with Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Co. to form one of the better offensive punches in college baseball.
Through his first 49 games with Indiana, DeMuth is hitting a scorching .385/.459/.547 while tying or setting career bests in numerous categories (homeruns, walk rate, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage). This marks the third time in four years that he’s batted at least .360.
Projection: The bat is better than average with the potential to become a .300-hitter in the minor leagues, but, unfortunately, it’s likely to be fairly empty. DeMuth won’t hit for much power – he’s posted ISOs of .168 and .162 over the last two seasons – and his plate discipline is below-average.
He has some positional versatility and the bat plays much better at the keystone.
Seventy-five percent the player that Bill Mueller was, which, unfortunately, is a fringe Major Leaguer/Quad-A guy.
Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Eighth Round
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