Delino DeShields, Jr., isn’t your typical Rule 5 drafted player, according to Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
Therefore, Banister isn’t looking at DeShields through a Rule 5 lens when he’s deciding whether the former Astro deserves a spot on the 25-man roster or whether Texas needs to send him back to Houston.
Banister said Friday morning that he sees DeShields as someone who “adds value to the club in a winning fashion.”
“As we sit here and evaluate Delino DeShields, it’s as if he wasn’t a Rule 5 pick,” Banister said.
Much of Banister’s praise of DeShields is concentrated on his top-level speed, which would come in handy as a pinch-runner. Banister also said DeShields can be used in all three outfield spots, plus he continues to get work at second base in the backfields. DeShields originally played second for the Astros before moving to center field several years ago.
The two remaining outfield spots to be filled — left field and the fourth outfielder — appear to be down to Ryan Rua, the favorite to earn the job in left, Jake Smolinski, Nate Schierholtz and DeShields.
Banister continues to drop hints that he’d prefer versatile players in those positions.
“We’ve talked about multifunctional players from the very beginning,” he said.
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