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Atlanta Braves should demote Demeritte

Atlanta Braves outfielder Travis Demeritte must be demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett before the start of June.

The outfielder who started off hot in late April cooled down significantly in the following month batting an abysmal .161.

Usually in the bottom of the lineup, Demeritte is almost a guaranteed out, at least he has been in the last seven games. In those starts since May 15, he is 0-for-28 with 12 K’s and a .000 on-base percentage (OBP). This man literally has not reached base on a walk or hit-by-pitch.

The month of April, Demeritte posted a .381 batting average, two RBIs and an OBP of .435. Obviously, the fall was inevitable, but to drop this far this fast was not expected from a top prospect of his caliber.

A future gold-glover in the making in the outfield, Demeritte is useful for his defensive prowess, but that only goes so far when his bat is as cold as it gets.

A demotion works for the outfielder because it allows him to gain confidence. He needs to perform at the MLB level again.

In the meantime, the Braves need someone to fill the outfield and can use Guillermo Heredia to fill the void. It is not an upgrade per say, but it is foolish to waste Demeritte’s time on the rookie contract when he is not producing.

The Braves own some options, which are not great, but can fill the gap before Demeritte returns. In Triple-A players like Delino DeShields, Preston Tucker and Alex Dickerson are all outfielders that are low-risk choices for Atlanta to use.

Fans may remember Tucker from his days with Atlanta in 2018. He batted a decent .240, four homers, 22 RBIs and an OBP of .303 before being dealt to the Reds in a three-player package for Adam Duvall.

The point is there are ways to fill the void if Atlanta sends Demeritte down, and with how cold he is it’ll be the best move for him and Atlanta in the foreseeable future.

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