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Delino DeShields Jr. | Outfielder

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Delino DeShields Jr. is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.
DeShields made the start in center field on Monday, but Leonys Martin is back in there against right-hander Danny Salazar. We still think Martin will end up getting most of the playing time in center field, which will hurt DeShields as long as Josh Hamilton can stay healthy. Of course, that's far from a guarantee. May 26 - 4:00 PM

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Delino DeShields Jr. went 3-for-3 with a triple and a double from the ninth spot in the Rangers' order Wednesday.

Judging by his minor league track record, DeShields figured to be one of the league's very worst hitters after making the Rangers as a Rule 5 pick. Right now, though, he's at .282 with seven walks in 39 at-bats. He's also 9-for-10 stealing bases. It still doesn't seem at all likely to last, but he's earned himself more playing time following Leonys Martin's return. A platoon, with Martin starting against righties and DeShields against lefties, could be in the offing.
May 13 - 11:08 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. walked three timed, stole three bases and scored two runs as the Rangers edged the Rays 5-4 on Thursday.

Filling in for the injured Leonys Martin, the Rule 5 pick made good tonight, even picking up an RBI on the first of the walks. He's 4-for-27 at the plate, but he has six steals and six runs scored anyway. The actual hitting part of hitting will continue to be a problem for him.
May 7 - 11:24 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. collected his first big league RBI as the Rangers fell to the Astros in Arlington on Friday.

DeShields plated Adrian Beltre with a fielder's choice in the sixth inning, which proved to be the Rangers lone run on the afternoon. The Rule 5 pick has played sparingly thus far, going 1-for-3 (.333) at the dish. If he works his way into consistent at-bats, his speed could make him relevant in AL-only formats.
Apr 10 - 7:03 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister informed Delino DeShields Jr. on Saturday that the Rule 5 selection has made the team's Opening Day roster.

He'll function in a reserve role for the Rangers and is unlikely to find enough at-bats to be relevant outside of deep AL-only formats. The 22-year-old has hit .268/.302/.488 with a homer, four RBI and three stolen bases in Cactus League play.
Apr 4 - 11:22 AM

Delino Deshields Jr. had a strong day at the dish in Tuesday's Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The 22-year-old also scored a pair of runs and swiped his third base of the spring season. The Rule 5 pick is expected to earn a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, though isn't likely to play enough to deliver mixed league value. He could be a cheap source of speed in the reserve rounds of AL-only drafts.
Mar 31 - 10:58 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers "appear to be leaning" toward keeping Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields Jr. on the roster.

DeShields is batting an underwhelming .235/.278/.382 this spring, but the Rangers like the speed he brings as an extra outfielder. The 22-year-old hasn't played above Double-A and is unlikely to see much playing time with the Rangers, but he has enough upside to justify a roster spot.
Mar 29 - 12:31 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. went 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored in Saturday's game against the Padres.

DeShields doubled to lead off the game, scoring on a Prince Fielder single. Showing off his blazing speed, the outfielder also stole a base on a pitchout. He's hitting just .235 but has enough speed upside that the Rangers may keep him on their 25-man roster rather than returning him to the Astros.
Mar 28 - 7:16 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. is day-to-day with a strained hamstring.

He suffered the injury during Friday's game. The Rangers hope DeShields, who is trying to crack the Opening Day roster as a Rule 5 pick, will be ready to play Tuesday.
Mar 15 - 12:19 PM

Delino DeShields Jr. exited Friday's game versus the Giants with a leg injury.

DeShields came up lame after legging out a double. The Rangers should have an update on the Rule 5 pick's status later Friday.
Mar 13 - 5:34 PM

Delino DeShields, Jr. was hitless with a strikeout in three at-bats in Thursday's 7-3 win over the White Sox.

DeShields' spring average falls to .071 (1-for-14) following the afternoon. The Rangers selected DeShields from the Astros in December's Rule 5 draft, so they'll have to keep him on the 25-man roster if they want to retain him. At Double-A Corpus Christi last season, DeShields hit only .236 but still stole 54 bases in 68 attempts.
Mar 12 - 7:03 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Adam Rosales
2Tommy Field
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Ryan Rua
3Jake Smolinski
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Ross Detwiler
5Nick Martinez
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Phil Klein
8Matt Harrison
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Neftali Feliz
3Keone Kela
4Tanner Scheppers
5Anthony Bass
6Alex Claudio
7Sam Freeman
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Nick Tepesch
10Lisalverto Bonilla