Know Your (Future) Enemy: FG's Mike Newman on Delino Deshields Jr


"In Delino DeShields Jr., it’s difficult to not like the tools and upside should he max them out at the big league level. However, the young second baseman is just so unpolished that contacts considered him more worthy of a third round selection after the fact. Of course hindsight is 20/20, but in 2010, I remember sitting in the stands during a rain delay listening to a Houston Astros scout discuss DeShields Jr. with a colleague after he had signed. In snooping, I learned the organization had scouted just about every one of his games and believed Deshields Jr. was the best bat in the Atlanta area during a year it produced four first round prep picks. After hearing that praise, I simply came away expecting more."