HOUSTON – The Houston Astros have signed 2010 first-round draft pick Delino DeShields Jr., Astros Assistant GM Bobby Heck announced Thursday.
DeShields, an outfielder and the son of former second baseman Delino DeShields Sr., was the eighth player taken overall in the 2010 first year player draft. While at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga, DeShields earned 4-AAA All Region First Team honors, hitting .415 with nine homeruns, 40 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.
"We’re very excited that the negotiation process is now in the rear-view mirror and we are able to add this gifted baseball player to the Houston Astros organization," Heck said. "It will be fun watching Delino put his talent to work and begin his journey back here to Minute Maid Park."
The eighth overall selection was the highest for the Astros since the 1992 draft when the club selected IF Phil Nevin.
"Delino fits perfectly into what we’re trying to do at the developmental level," said Astros GM Ed Wade. "He is strong, athletic and dynamic. He’s got great bloodlines and is focused on being a successful big leaguer."
DeShields is expected to report to Kissimmee, Fl on Tuesday to join the Astros Gulf Coast League club for about one week before moving to Greeneville of the Appalachian League.