Delino DeShields, Outfield, Texas Rangers, #7
Date of Birth: 8/16/1992
Birthplace: Gaston, Georgia
Delino DeShields, Jr., outfielder for the Texas Rangers, is following in the footsteps of his father, Delino DeShields, Sr., who played in the major leagues from 1990 through 2002. The senior DeShields was a second baseman for five teams, with his longest stint with the Montreal Expos from 1990 through 1993. He is currently a minor league manager in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
DeShields, Jr. was first drafted in 2010 by the Houston Astros. He played in the Astros' minor league system from 2010 through 2014. During that time, he had 519 hits, 86 doubles, 27 triples, 241 stolen bases, 228 RBIs, and 472 strikeouts to 259 walks in 497 games. Defensively, as a second baseman, he made 842 assists, 177 double plays, 662 putouts, and 71 errors. He also played 120 games in the outfield.
DeShields was acquired by the Rangers on December 11, 2014. He hit his first major league home run on August 14, 2015. He finished the season with 111 hits, 22 doubles, 25 stolen bases, 37 RBIs, and a .261 batting average in 121 games. Defensively, he played 35 games in left field, 87 games in center field, and 1 game at second base. In 24 at-bats in 5 postseason games, he batted .292 with 7 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 1 stolen base.
In 2016, DeShields batted .209 in 74 games with the Rangers. Defensively, he played 26 games in left field and 33 games in center field.