Make no mistake, when the Texas Rangers put Delino DeShields Jr. on their Opening Day roster this year, it was for one reason and one reason only — the dude can flat-out run.
DeShields was an Astros prospect before the Rangers claimed him in the Rule 5 Draft, and if the Rangers wouldn't have put him on their Opening Day roster, he would've been returned to Houston. On Monday night, DeShields beat Houston with his speed.
The young outfielder replaced Leonys Martin, who injured his wrist in the middle of the game, and proceeded to double (which was a surprise) and then draw a huge walk in the eighth inning.
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After the walk, DeShields swiped second base with relative ease and then scored on a rather pedestrian single from Jake Smolinski to tie the game at 1-1.
Of course, Adrian Beltre ended up scoring on a sac fly in the ninth to give the Rangers win, but it was DeShields' speed that won that game for the Rangers. Don't mistake him for an everyday player, because he's not, but his one trick is pretty darn special.