21-Year-Old Second Baseman – Houston Astros
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Had it not been for Billy Hamilton's historic season, DeShields would have been the minors' top stolen-base man. The second-generation keystoner swiped an impressive 102 bags getting caught just 19 ti...
Delino DeShields Contract Information:
Agreed to terms with the Astros in August 2010.
DeShields, 21, hit .275/.383/.362 with eight steals over 22 games in the Arizona Fall League.
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAABerger, Eric (P)
AABorchering, Bobby (3B)
A+Aplin, Andrew (OF)
AAppel, Mark (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
DeShields has yet to prove he can hit at the major league level, but does have some speed. He spent a full season in the Sally League, where he was inconsistent at the plate, regressing significantly from his 2010 debut. The lone bright spot for DeShields was that he stole 30 bases, which is particularly impressive when you consider how hard it must have been for him to take full advantage of his speed when he was only getting on base at a .305 clip. He'll run when he's on base, but how often that will happen is still uncertain as he's a work in progress.
The Astros' first-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft was slowed by elbow problems in his first professional season, but still managed to steal five bases in his first 18 games. DeShields' selection that early in the draft (eighth overall) was a bit of a reach, but the Astros desperately needed athletic prospects in their farm system. Like his father, DeShields will likely wind up at second base, a transition the team is encouraging that should increase his long-term fantasy value.