DEMUTH, DUSTIN

Position: First Base

DOB: July 30, 1991

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 200

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (5th round, 2014)

Profile: Drafted in the fifth round out of Indiana University in 2014, DeMuth signed for $50,000 and began his pro career with Helena before earning a promotion to Wisconsin where he finished out the season. He returned to Wisconsin in 2015 but saw his season cut short after breaking his hand in July. Healthy once again, DeMuth moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2016 and put together a solid campaign, earning a bump to Double-A Bilox where he finished out the year. A good hitter who uses the whole field, DeMuth lacks the bat speed to generate big power. He hit just 11 home runs over four years at Indiana and has 14 over his first three minor league seasons, which is a concern for a player with a corner infield profile. After having played both third base and second base early on, he saw the majority of his action come at first base in 2016, a position where he proved to be a quality defender. He also saw limited action in the outfield with Biloxi and his versatility could be key moving forward.

2014: After signing with the Brewers following his senior season, DeMuth was sent to Helena and like many college hitters, he made quick work of the Pioneer League, hitting .333 with a pair of home runs over 31 games before earning a promotion to Low-A Wisconsin. He saw action in 23 more games there, but hit just .193 for the Timber Rattlers.

2015: DeMuth returned to Wisconsin to start the 2015 season and experienced better results at the plate. He hit .285 with 17 doubles and five home runs over 86 games, but suffered a spiral fracture in his left hand that ended his season in late July.

2016: Fully healed from his injury the year before, DeMuth moved up to High-A Brevard County to begin 2016. He saw action at a variety of positions with the Manatees, appearing in 96 games and hitting .287 with six home runs before earning a bump to Double-A Biloxi in late July. He participated in 34 more games with the Shuckers and hit .270, scoring 14 runs.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#48)