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Travis Demeritte (2B/SS, DET) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups


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ANALYSIS: The Tigers shipped closer Shane Greene to the Atlanta Braves, getting a pair of quality prospects in return - left-hander Joey Wentz and infielder-turned-outfielder Travis Demeritte.

After hitting .286/.387/.558 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI and a 137 wRC+ at Triple-A, the Tigers decided Demeritte was immediately ready for a spot on their 25-man roster. He started his first two games in the Motor City, playing right field and hitting seventh.

Demeritte went 1-for-2 with two walks, a triple and a stolen base in his first start, making quite the impression on the Detroit faithful. While the steal is probably an aberration, Demeritte's patience at the plate should allow him to move up in Detroit's anemic batting order shortly, and his raw power could make him an extremely appealing fantasy option for the rest of the season.

Christin Stewart will be off the IL soon, but as long as Demeritte is hitting well he will find himself a regular role in the Motor City. In Yahoo leagues where he is eligible at 2B/SS, Demeritte is worth a look in all formats deeper than 12-teamers. In ESPN where he is only OF eligible, he's probably only worth a look in AL-only or similarly deep formats, but a rise in the order could make him more valuable going forward.


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