Legends On Deck

Prospects On Deck: 2B/OF Delino DeShields Jr. – Rangers

The Houston Astros drafted Delino DeShields Jr. in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2010 June amateur draft out of Woodward Academy (College Park, GA).

DeShields Jr., is the son of former major leaguer, Delino DeShields who was also an infielder/outfielder that starred with five major league clubs in 13 pro seasons (1990-2002).

DeShields Jr., played with the Astros minor system from 2010 – 2014. It all started in rookie ball in 2010, then he moved up to the Class A Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League for the 2011 season and batted .220, with nine home runs and 48 RBI’s in 119 games.

In 2012, he played in 111 games with the Legends and then moved up to the Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks and combined he batted .287, with 12 home runs, 61 RBI’s, and 101 stolen bases in 537 at bats.

In 2013, he played a full season with the JetHawks and batted .317, with 100 runs, 25 doubles, 14 triples, five home runs, 54 RBI’s, and 51 stolen bases in 451 at bats.

In 2014 with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, DeShields suffered a setback that put a minor detour in his journey when he was hit by a 90 MPH fastball to the face, suffering a fractured cheekbone, in a game on April 18, 2014. He would return to the line up less than a month later on May 9, 2014.

After that scare he bounced back and finished the season batting .236, with 11 home runs, 57 RBI’s and 54 stolen bases in 411 at bats.

He played five seasons within the Astros minor league system, but was unprotected in the 2014 Rule V Draft as the Texas Rangers took advantage and selected him 3rd overall.

Now after staring down a fastball and making a comeback, he prepares for Spring Training with the Rangers and a possible spot on the Texas bench for the 2015 season.

Delino DeShields Jr. is a rising star worth watching as he makes his way to the majors with an opportunity to follow in his fathers foot steps.

(Photo Credit: Jason Wise/MLB.com)

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