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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The '13 Prospects of Christmas- #5- Delino DeShields, Jr.

by Jared Webb @webberoo11

#5 Delino Deshields, Jr. R/R 2B 5'9" 210 20 yrs old
Delino is a monster athlete. Most people who are 5'9", 210 aren't prime athletes, but Jr. is all muscle. 
His athleticism is highlighted by his blazing speed. He stole 101 bases at two levels and actually posted a better success rate than Billy Hamilton (I got sick of hearing about Hamilton over Deshields during the 2012 season). He will more than likely jump to AA, Corpus Christi in 2013, and we will probably see him play some CF.  He isn't 100% blocked at 2B, but if Altuve has a successful sophomore campaign we could see DeShields move to CF.   
DeShields showed better plate discipline this year drawing 83 walks at two levels, and flashed some power hitting(10 HR in the regular season and two in the playoffs). Bobby Heck showed a preference for tools when he drafted DeShields and Springer as 1st rounders, and Deshields looks like he is putting those tools together nicely.  Delino is showing a good feel for 2B now that he has gotten some experience there.  If DDJ develops into a Brandon Phillips type player then Astros will have a player to be thrilled about for years to come
Ceiling: All Star CF or 2B
Floor: Utility Player 
c2012 Jared Webb. Used with permission.

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