Rangers’ former first-round pick Travis Demeritte suspended 80 games for PED

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Rangers minor leaguer Travis Demeritte, the 30th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the diuretic/masking agent Furosemide.

Demeritte was playing at low Single-A for a second straight season, hitting .241 with five homers and a .755 OPS in 48 games as a 20-year-old second baseman.

Demeritte was drafted as a shortstop out of high school and signed with the Rangers for $1.9 million.