Besides being in first place in the American League West, the Texas Rangers were busy taking part in the 2013 MLB Draft on Thursday night. They had the No. 30 overall pick in this year’s draft and went with shortstop Travis Demeritte, making this their first shortstop drafted in the first round since 2002 when they drafted Drew Meyer.
They’re hoping that this choice will turn out a bit better than Meyer did, only appearing in a few games in 2006 and not making any noise since then.
Texas already has loads of talent at the shortstop position in their system. Jurickson Profar was drafted as a shortstop and quickly made his way through the Rangers’ system and made his MLB debut in 2012. He then transition to second base where he starts for the Rangers today in place of the injured Ian Kinsler.
Being stocked at the middle infield positions is never a problem; in fact, it’s almost a blessing. Talent at these positions is highly sought after in baseball these days and adding Demeritte to their already-loaded infield system is just another way to eventually build into a powerhouse.
Although Demeritte may be a bit of a stretch at No. 30, he still has raw power and a strong arm that makes him very projectable for a first round choice.
He has been knocked for how raw and unproven he is, but the young shortstop has the potential to be a star. He has a commitment to play at South Carolina next year, but I don’t see why a first-round selection wouldn’t change the youngster’s mind.