The second baseman selected in the third round of last month's Draft by the White Sox already earned his first callup from Rookie-level Bristol all the way to Class A Kannapolis. He gave a glimpse of why in his fourth game with the Intimidators on Thursday by going 4-for-6 with a double, three RBIs and three runs in a 17-2 rout of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
It was a day at the plate that brought DeMichele's average with Kannapolis to .529 (9-for-17). He's had a hit in each of his first four South Atlantic League games after he showed little difficulty in 12 games in the Appalachian League.
The 21-year-old, a teammate at Arizona State University of Boston first-rounder Devin Marrero, won his conference's batting title as a sophomore in 2011 by hitting .368 for the Sun Devils. The performance also earned him a place on the Pac-10 All-Conference First Team.
This year, in his junior season, he led his team in average (.336) and stolen bases (11). He also slugged .548 while knocking six home runs and collecting 47 RBIs as he was named for the second straight year to the now-Pac-12 All-Conference First Team.
His college form has bled into his young pro career. The Phoenix native hit .348 in 12 games with Bristol, getting on base at a .412 clip and slugging .696 with two homers, three triples and four doubles.
His first callup hasn't slowed him down either. On top of his .529 average, he has a .600 OBP and .706 slugging percentage in the early going.
Between the two levels, he's hitting .397 in the first 16 games of his career with two homers, 13 RBIs and a .698 slugging percentage. Thursday's outburst, though, was his first time with four hits in a game.
Three other Kannapolis hitters -- Mark Haddow, Grant Buckner and Joe De Pinto -- drove in three runs Thursday as well.Haddow went 2-for-4 with four runs scored, Buckner added a double and four walks and De Pinto finished 2-for-5 with a double.
Kannapolis starter Chris Devenski (5-3) scattered two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings for the win.