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Bullish or Bearish – Delino Deshields

By Matthew Kirkeby - 5 years ago in MLB News

Bullish or Bearish

Delino Deshields

 

Delino Deshields

 

Don’t trip on Delino Deshields’.250 batting average.  Don’t be concerned with the fact that his .350 BABIP suggests there probably isn’t much room for improvement.  All you want from someone with the amazing speed Deshields is the ability to get on base.  A 14.7% walk rate is elite and puts him in position to do what he does best: steal bases.

He went 83 for 97 (86%) in stealing bases for the Astros in the minor league in 2012; he is fast and proficient enough on the base paths to lead the majors in steals over a full season.  Deshields hasn’t had quite as much success in the majors at a 75% success rate, but he is 9 for 12 stealing off lefties in the majors and has 6 attempts in only 34 plate appearances this season.  He started in a bench role, but has played in 4 of his last 5, getting on base in 10 of 19 plate appearances and scoring 7 runs to go with 4 SBs.

 

Delino Deshields

 

Deshields’ speed makes him lightning in a bottle in DFS.  His OBP and position atop a good batting order give him a high floor.  Hitting from the right side, he has shown a small platoon advantage against lefties, so I’d play him against most lefties. With a price of under $3,000 (FanDuel), he’s worth a look against anyone.  Under $2,700, where he’s been over the last few games, is a steal.

 

I am BULLISH on Delino Deshields. 

 

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