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1.8 Houston Astros - Delino DeShields, OF, Woodward Academy (GA)

The Astros have selected Delino DeShields. Here's his profile:


Delino DeShields   Position: OF   School: Woodward Academy   State: GA   Height: 5’9’’   Weight: 180

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 8/16/92   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: LSU

Delino DeShields is an athletic outfielder from Woodward Academy in College Park, a southern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.  DeShields is well-known for being the son of the long-time Major Leaguer of the same name, but this DeShields is a prospect in his own right. At the plate, he projects to be a leadoff or number two hitter, though a lot depends on how his pitch recognition develops. He sprays the ball to all fields, though the amount of upper-level competition he’s faced is limited to summer experiences with his travel team, as his spring high school competition is not up to par. Despite the low level competition, he does project to be an above-average Major League hitter, hitting somewhere in the .280-.300 range in the long run. He does project for power better than his size indicates, as he squares up balls with a strong core, leading to average raw power grades. His best tool is the same tool that made his dad famous. He can flat-out run. He gets plus-plus grades for his running, and the most common grade he gets for the tool is an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. This helps him with his range in center field, though some scouts want to put him at second base to take advantage of his lateral quickness. Either way, he could project to be a plus defender. His biggest weakness defensively is the lack of a power arm, as it gets a below-average grade overall. That limits him to either center field or second base, and the scouting community is split over the final position he might play, though center field seems to be the consensus late in the scouting season. Due to his pedigree and upper-level tools, he could go as high as the end of the first round, and won’t last past the third despite a two-sport commitment to LSU for both football and baseball.