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7 Delino DeShields LF
Height/Weight: 5-9/208 | Birthdate: 8/16/1992 | Birthplace: Gaston, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 41/31 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rangers seeking ways to keep Delino DeShields in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The return of Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton as early as Monday in Cleveland could result in changes for hot-hitting Delino DeShields.

He is making it quite difficult for that move to be a benching.

"I hope he continues to make it challenging," Jeff Banister told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We'll do everything we can as long as the young man continues to produce and play. These things usually have a way of working themselves out."

DeShields could find himself at second base, where Rougned Odor struggled and Tommy Field and Adam Rosales have split time. DeShields has yet to play there this season, but the Rangers would likely want to keep him and his .279/.405/.393 slash line in the lineup.


Rangers flip Delino DeShilds, Shin-Soo Choo in Friday order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Emerging Rangers left fielder Delino DeShields continues to climb the lineup ladder. He is batting leadoff Friday night for the second time this season and first time since April 15.

He is flip-flopping with Shin-Soo Choo, who will bat second against the host Yankees. He has not held down that position since April 13.

DeShields has scored 13 runs in his last 14 games, during which time he has raised his batting average from .154 to .279. He is, however, on a 3-for-16 slide.


Rangers OF Delino DeShields making most of opportunity


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Jeff Banister has never declared rookie Delino DeShields a starter for the Rangers. Now he doesn't have to. Based on performance and at least for now, it's a given.

DeShields is set to make his 10th straight start Thursday and 14th in the last 16 games. He was originally placed in the lineup when Leonys Martin was lost to a hand injury, but he's not about to let go. DeShields owns a .318 batting average and .444 on-base percentage since May 4. He is even receiving opportunities to bat second.

"He's earned that," Banister told the Dallas Morning News.

His status could change upon the trumpeted return of Josh Hamilton, who could be activated as early as Monday in Cleveland. DeShields might wind up in a platoon with Martin in which he faces only left-handers.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin in starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.

Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench. 


Rangers' Elvis Andrus returns to No. 2 spot Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is batting second in Tuesday's matchup with the Red Sox.

Andrus has been the team's No. 2 hitter for much of the season but was dropped to six for the last two games, with Delino DeShields moving up to second. However, Andrus will resume his regular role Tuesday against lefty Wade Miley. The shortstop has hit .362/.423/.511 with one home run and three RBI in 47 at-bats against lefties.

The Rangers are underdogs (+125) in Boston on Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers drop Andrus down to No. 6 spot; DeShields to bat second


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister dropped shortstop Elvis Andrus down to the No. 6 spot in the batting order on Saturday against the Indians, per MLB.com. Andrus started 25 of Texas' 36 games in the No. 2. Delino DeShields will take over that role on Saturday.

"Let's see if Delino can carry what he's been doing in the nine hole up to the two slot," manager Jeff Banister said to the Dallas Morning News. "Against right-handers, that's been a bit of a challenge for us."

Andrus is hitting .190 (4 for 21) over his last six games, lowering his batting average from .230 to .224 on the year.

Texas is an underdog (+124) at home against the Indians.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin remains sidelined on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin not included in the starting lineup for the second straight day on Thursday, after aggravating his left wrist sprain on Monday. Delino DeShields will bat ninth and play in center field in Martin's absence.

Manager Jeff Banister indicated on Wednesday that Martin could be sidelined for a few days in order for the soreness to subside. He received a cortisone shot to avoid a stint on the disabled list, per MLB.com.

"Right now I don't feel any pain, it just feels weird after getting the cortisone shot," Martin said Thursday morning. "I've got to keep getting my treatment. The trainer said it would be two weeks to feel completely 100 percent, so I've got to keep doing treatment."

Texas is a slight underdog (+100) at home against Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers' Delino DeShields collects three hits Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields went 3 for 3 with two runs scored in his team's 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday.

DeShields fell just a home run shy of the cycle, knocking both a double and a triple off starter Yordano Ventura. He's 5 for 9 with two walks and five runs scored against the Royals in three games this week. DeShields owns a .282/.391/.436 line with seven RBI, 12 runs scored and nine steals in 39 at-bats.


Rangers' Leonys Martin (wrist) out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in the lineup Tuesday after reaggravating a sprained left wrist Monday night, MLB.com reports.

Martin was jammed on a pitch Monday, resulting in a reaggravation of the injury. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no fractured bones, leaving him day to day moving forward. He has hit .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats. Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth Tuesday.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+122) against the Royals Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers OF Delino DeShields Jr. totals three walks, three SBs in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. was active on the basepaths during a 5-4 win Thursday at Tampa Bay. He had three stolen bases in the victory. He had three stolen bases in his first 14 games (five starts).

"I'm really enjoying myself and taking advantage of the opportunity," said DeShields, who has started the last three games with Leonys Martin (wrist) sidelined, per MLB.com. "I'm preparing myself like I'm playing every day, even when I'm not playing. I'm keeping a positive mindset, trying to stay as sharp as I can for opportunities like this."

Deshields went 0 for 1 with three walks, two runs and one RBI Thursday. He now has three RBI in his last two games.

"I was just being stingy with the pitches all night," DeShields said. "If I didn't get my pitches, I was just taking them. I was getting stuff to hit but it wasn't my pitch. I think it's important to stick with your plan and let the at-bat work out like it is supposed to."


Rangers CF Leonys Martin (wrist) remains sidelined Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin will miss his fourth consecutive game on Thursday, as he is still dealing with a wrist injury. Martin suffered the injury during Monday's game after making a diving catch and was removed in the fifth inning.

Delino DeShields is in the starting lineup, handling center field and batting ninth for manager Jeff Bannister. The team has not issued an update on Martin's status or when he might return to the lineup.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin out of the lineup again Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday, the team announced.

Martin is dealing with a wrist injury he suffered in Monday's game while trying to make a diving catch. Delino DeShields will take his place in center. 


Rangers make multiple adjustments to starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) The Rangers reshuffled their lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, slotting Carlos Corporan at catcher, Carlos Peguero in left field, Delino DeShields in center and Rougned Odor at second base, according to MLB.com.

All four were out of the lineup Monday. DeShields replaces Leonys Martin in center after Martin suffered a sprained left wrist trying to make a diving catch. The Rangers are currently the underdogs (+145) against Houston. 


Rangers' Delino DeShields hoping to stay on team for season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has a great opportunity in front of him. 

As a Rule 5 draft pick, DeShields has a chance to stay on the Texas 25-man roster all season long. The Rangers can't move him to the minors without giving him up.

DeShields also has a chance to play against his former team, the Astros, this weekend, which didn't protect him when the Rangers plucked him from Houston's farm system. 

"My situation gives me the opportunity to stay in the big leagues the whole year, but I don’t take that for granted," DeShields said, via the Houston Chronicle. "I kind of still go about my business like I have day one. And just to stay on top of my game. ‘Cause I know my role (Manager Jeff Banister) and I, we talked about it. He told me what he expects from me, and I told him I like challenges, and it’s going to be challenging going from playing every day to maybe playing once a week or however. It’s going to be a lot different, actually. But I like challenges, it’s a pretty neat and unique one."

DeShields is more than likely to be used in pinch-running and defensive substitution situations this season. For the Rangers to hold his rights, he'll have to be on the 25-man roster all season long. If not, he can be returned to the Astros. 

"I wasn’t the right fit for (Houston) at the time," DeShields said. "I got picked up by the Texas Rangers — God bless. It’s just one of them things.”


Rangers notify Delino DeShields he's made Opening Day roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Delino DeShields was informed by the Rangers he has earned a spot on the Opening Day roster, according to FOX Sports Southwest.

DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .268/.302/.488 with one home run and four RBI this spring.


Delino DeShields Jr. beats out Carlos Peguero for final roster spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Rangers outfielder Carlos Peguero will start the season in Triple-A, which means Delino DeShields Jr. has earned the final spot on the 25-man active roster, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .235/.278/.382 with one RBI this spring. Peguero is hitting .350/.435/.500 over 40 at-bats in Cactus League.


Rangers final spot down to Delino DeShields, Carlos Peguero


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister told reporters that the final roster spot will come down between Delino DeShields and Carlos Peguero, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday.

DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .235/.278/.382 with one RBI this spring. He would be sent back to the Astros if he is not on the Rangers' opening day roster.

Peguero is hitting .350/.435/.500 over 40 at-bats in Cactus League.


Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields big winners in Rangers OF battle


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Rangers' roster is taking shape, and the big winners appear to be Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields Jr.

Rua will most likely be the starting left fielder for the Rangers, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Rua wrapped up the job by hitting .306 with eight RBI this spring. 

Jake Smolinski will be the fourth outfielder. He hit .333 with five RBI. DeShields will win the last roster spot. DeShields hit .235. As a Rule V draft pick, he needs to stay on the Major League roster, or the team risks losing him.

The odd man out will be Carlos Peguero , despite hitting .333. 


Report: Delino DeShields closing in on breaking camp with Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is nearing a spot on the Opening Day roster, according to the Dallas Morning News. Manager Jeff Banister wouldn't confirm DeShields would break camp with the club, but did reveal that he envisions him as a late-inning speed weapon.

"He has a skill set that can help you win games," Banister said. "If he makes this club and stays with this club, he adds value in winning situations.

"Given the construction of the core guys on our roster, he's unique" Banister said. "I'd hate for us to have a double late in the game and not be able to score from first on the play. I think he has the potential to be a contributor, but there is a ways to go to finalize the roster."

DeShields would be sent back to the Astros if he is not on the Rangers' opening day roster.


Rangers OF Delino DeShields is day to day


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is day to day with a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.

DeShields could be sent back to the Astros if he is not on the Rangers' opening day roster. He is working to become the fourth outfielder for the Rangers.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister likes his speed and hopes he comes into his own.

"It's fun to see his speed come into play," manager Jeff Banister said. "Those are things the scouts talk about, the speed element, and [the bat] has shown up a few times this spring. Obviously we know what he can do on the bases, but we need to see what other skills he can show. His at-bats have been good. We have seen some nice things show up."

DeShields, 22, is not expected to be out for long, but each day he misses lessens his chances of making the team.


Delino DeShields Jr. leaves Rangers game with leg problem


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Infielder Delino DeShields Jr. appeared to injure his leg during Friday's Rangers game. 

DeShields pulled up while running out a double in the fifth. He left the game for a pinch runner. 

DeShields was a Rule V pick during the offseason. That means he has to stay on the Rangers Major League roster all season or be offered back to the Astros. He's hitting .176 so far this spring. 


Rangers nab former first-round DeShields in Rule 5 draft


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 22-year-old DeShields, who was selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB draft, hit .236 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI, 75 runs and 54 stolen bases in 114 games at Double-A in 2014. He had 101 stolen bases during the 2012 season.


Delino DeShields begins extended spring training


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Extended spring training has begun in Florida for Astros prospect Delino DeShields , who sustained a sinus fracture with Double-A Corpus Christi when he was hit in the face by a pitch on April 18.

The team is hopeful DeShields can return when it comes back from a road trip.


Delino DeShields could be back in 10 days


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Astros outfielder Delino DeShields has made a quick recovery from a sinus fracture, and could be back in the Double-A Corpus Christi lineup within two weeks.

"DeShields is progressing, and he might be in lineup in the next 10 days," general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com Friday. "I think that's a possibility. We need to be cautious any time someone gets hit in the head, so we're going through concussion protocol with him."


Delino DeShields to begin limited baseball activities


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Astros infield prospect Delino DeShields was slated to begin limited baseball activities Tuesday after seeing a specialist Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

DeShields was hit in the face with a pitch last week, suffering a fractured cheekbone. "With a non displaced fracture, sometimes those things can heal up pretty quickly," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We’ll wait and see. He’s going to start some activities as tolerated."

DeShields may be able to expedite his return with the help of a protective mask, though the team isn't committed to going that route with the prospect.