Ht: 5'11" Wt: 190 B-T: L-R
Acquired: Drafted 3rd Round in 2012 out of Arizona State
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #22 - 2012 Midseason
- #19 - 2013 Preseason
- #20 - 2013 Midseason
- Interview 5/2/13
- Intervew 8/24/13
- VIDEO: Home Run 8/24/13
- VIDEO: Single 8/24/13
- VIDEO: Full At Bat 3/25/15
- Interview (from Blogger Call), June 2015
- VIDEO: Multiple At Bats, 8/15-17/15
- All FutureSox articles tagged Joey DeMichele
- 2015 Southern League All Star
- 2015 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award winner, second base
- 2016 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award winner, second base
DeMichele (pronounced duh-Mike-uhl) doesn't have big time tools for a third round pick, but was unusually polished for a 21-year-old and expected to advance quickly. After signing, DeMichele was assigned to Bristol where he showed he was beyond that level (.348/.412/.696 in 52 PA) and was quickly promoted to Low-A Kannapolis. His numbers there weren't as spectacular but still solid for a rookie (.261/.319/.436 in 256 PA). However, his first full pro season in 2013 was a down one in Winston-Salem. The aggressive assignment seemed to backfire, and DeMichele hit .246/.323/.366. Part of that may have been the result of moving him to shortstop, where he struggled quite a bit before being moved back to 2B. Repeating A+ in 2014 he improved (.264/.324/.381, improved K and BB rates) and was promoted to AA Birmingham for a brief 24 games. Repeating AA for 2015 he posted mediocre numbers at the plate (.246/.307/.328, 22% K/PA), though he did steal 15 bases in 19 attempts. Back at Birmingham one more time, Joey's numbers haven't improved overall (hit .233, nearly same K rate as last year), though he has shown a little more power (11 HR in 2016).
DeMichele hasn't lived up to the reputation of having a good feel for hitting, and the recent power surge may not be sustainable. He does have some speed, and draws some walks. Defensively he's developed quite well at second, but experiments with him at shortstop did not go well so a utility role doesn't seem to be in the cards. He is known for putting in a lot of work and has a good head for the game, so improvement certainly is possible, but for the same reason he may already be making max use of his tools. He'll need to hit his way into a 2B job.
Major League Outlook: Defense-first 2B
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