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Travis Demeritte called-up, will make MLB debut
08/01/2019 8:56 PM ET

American Travis Demeritte will become the 10th Adelaide Bite player to make their Major League Baseball debut after the Detroit Tigers called-up the 24-year-old on Thursday afternoon, US time.

Demeritte was traded to the Tigers on Wednesday and joined another past Bite import, Brandon Dixon, who leads Detroit with 14 home runs this season.

Adelaide supporters would best remember Demeritte for his power-hitting during the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season, he had 51 hits and 13 home runs through 61 games.

He played a key role during January's run to the postseason and was one of the top performers during finals - which included a Championship Series defeat.

His home run off the scoreboard in Sydney is still widely regarded as one of the longest homers in the League.

The 24-year-old's 2019 season with Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate Gwinnett - one level below MLB - has seen the outfielder average .286 with the bat.

Across 96 games he collected 97 hits, 20 home runs and 74 RBI, a career-high, and was selected in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Atlanta opted to trade the young talent on deadline day this week, however, and within hours of the deal Detroit's General Manager Al Avila said he was a ready-made MLB player.

"Travis Demeritte… he's a tremendous athlete and has 20 home runs in Triple-A and has been performing very well," he said.

"Right now we believe - we're going to talk about it later tonight or tomorrow morning - we're going to take him straight to Detroit.

"We feel that he's ready to go out there and start his career at the Major League level."

Less than 24 hours later he was officially called-up to Detroit's 40-man MLB roster and could debut as soon as Friday (US time) in their game against Texas.

Coincidentally, Texas was the organisation which drafted Demeritte with pick No. 30 in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft and later sent him to Adelaide for a season.

Other players selected in his draft class include Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs), Cody Bellinger (LA Dodgers).

Demeritte and Dixon are joined by two other active Bite alumni in MLB, Ji-Man Choi and Andrew Kittredge, who are both at Tampa Bay.

In total 14 players with MLB experience have called Adelaide home, four of whom played at the top level prior to signing with the Bite.



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