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Delino DeShields Jr. | Second Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros with the third pick in the Rule 5 draft.
DeShields was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He's drifted back and forth between second base and center field, now having settled in the outfield. Like his father once did, he offers a whole lot of speed, having stolen 50 bases the last two years and 100 in 2012. However, his bat resulted in a modest .236/.346/.360 line in his first year in Double-A. The Rangers could keep him as a speedy option off the bench, but that wouldn't do his development any good. Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:33:00 PM

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Astros prospect OF Delino DeShields had a monster game Monday, going 4-for-6 with two home runs, one double, one triple and five RBI for Double-A Corpus Christi.

It’s been a disappointing season for the 22-year-old DeShields, who’s batted .244/.352/.374 with 26 extra-base hits through 107 games in his first taste of the Double-A level. Though his production is down, DeShields’ speed has translated favorably at the higher level, as he currently ranks second in the Texas League with 50 stolen bases (in 64 attempts). In his defense, DeShields did miss time early in the year after wearing a pitch to the face, so the fact he’s been able to salvage his season like he has is encouraging.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Astros prospect outfielder Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with a home run and walk for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday.

DeShields has struggled in 2014, hitting .213/.342/.265 since the beginning of June and .238/.344/.336 for the season. DeShields has done well in center field and has a good eye at the plate, but he lacks over-the-wall power and has struggled when he was not hitting in the hitter-friendly environment of the California League. DeShields has been passed by George Springer, Domingo Santana, and Teoscar Hernandez, and projects as little more than a fourth outfielder.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields went 2-for-4 for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday, raising his season line to .237/.326/.345.

After a blistering return from his injury, DeShields has been ice cold, hitting .202/.270/.250 over his last 32 games. DeShields has below-average power and strikes out too much (23.0 percent for the season), so will need to hit for a higher average if he is to reach the major leagues. Houston has a lot of outfield talent in the minor leagues, and despite being the former 8th overall pick in the draft, DeShields could see himself get crowded out.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with two walks and three stolen bases for Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday.

DeShields has been white hot since his return from the disabled list, hitting .467/.556/.867 with two home runs and four stolen bases, bringing his season line to .304/.422/.522 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. After his scary injury, it's great to see DeShields playing. If he keeps hitting this way, he could be in line for a mid-season promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Tue, May 13, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields returned to action, going 2-for-4 with two home runs for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

DeShields missed approximately three weeks due to a non-displaced fracture of his right cheekbone after being hit by a pitch, and returned to have his best game of the season. The speedy DeShields is up to .276/.391/.534 with three doubles, four home runs, and six stolen bases in 15 games.
Sat, May 10, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was scheduled to resume baseball activities on Tuesday.

DeShields was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right cheekbone after being hit by a pitch last Friday. The Astros are unsure when he'll return to action. "With a non displaced fracture, sometimes those things can heal up pretty quickly," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We’ll wait and see. He’s going to start some activities as tolerated."
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Delino DeShields will miss several weeks with a broken cheekbone.

The injury is officially a "non-displaced maxillary sinus fracture" in the left cheek, and DeShields is lucky that the injury was not more severe given its location.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Delino DeShields suffered a fractured cheekbone after being hit in the face by a pitch during Friday's game at Double-A Corpus Christi.

No word yet on the possible recovery time from the gruesome injury. The 21-year-old speedster is hitting .259/.385/.426 with two homers, four RBI and six stolen bases in his first 14 contests.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields left the game on Friday after he was hit in the face by a pitch.

DeShields walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital for X-rays. He was hitting .259/.385/.426 with two home runs for Double-A Corpus Christi in 2014.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Delino DeShields Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday and is hitless in 10 at-bats so far this spring.

DeShields is again on the move to center field this year. He started his pro career there in 2010, only to return to his prep position of second base the following season. DeShields is better equipped to excel defensively in center than he was in the infield, but his bat will be held to a higher standard now. He hit .317/.405/.468 last season, but that was at a tremendous offensive environment at Single-A Lancaster. Double-A will be a bigger test this year.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Astros prospect second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. plead not guilty to a DUI charge from a January traffic incident.

DeShields, 18, was arrested in January on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, underage possession of alcohol and a traffic violation. His next court appearance is scheduled for August. The 2010 first-round pick is batting .210/.300/.356 with six homers, 26 RBI and 11 stolen bases over his first 56 games with Class A Lexington this season. Baseball America ranked him as the Astros' No. 2 prospect over the winter.
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 12:57:00 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. issued an apology on his Facebook page on Monday after being arrested Sunday and charged with a DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation.

"I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter." The Astros selected the 18-year-old with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft and signed him to a $2.15 million bonus.
Mon, Jan 17, 2011 07:14:00 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation.

The 18-year-old was selected No. 8 overall by Houston in June's First-Year Player Draft and signed for $2.15 million. He was booked by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department at 1:06 A.M. Sunday and released a few hours later on bond. Prior to his arrest, DeShields Jr. was expected to start the season at Class-A Lexington and transition from the outfield to second base. The Astros are aware of the situation but are remaining mum until details are sorted out.
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 12:56:00 PM

Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros have come to terms with first-round pick Delino DeShields Jr.

Delino DeShields said Monday that his son intended to sign with the Astros and would not attend LSU in the fall. It's not yet known how much the Astros signed him for. DeShields, who was selected No. 8 overall in June, is expected to move from the outfield to second base.
Tue, Aug 3, 2010 08:08:00 PM

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