There have been several times in recent years where several folks have questioned Rangers brass for continuing to hit Elvis Andrus in the 2-hole of the Rangers order, despite his increasing struggles.
Over the weekend, the Rangers gave a new guy an audition in the form on Delino DeShields and he continued to produce at a pretty nice clip for the Rangers' Rule 5 draft pick from this winter.
DeShields is batting .391 over the last week with three stolen bases, two doubles, a triple, five walks and four RBIs. Those numbers are hard to keep in the bottom third of the lineup, where he's been for much of the season, so Jeff Banister finally made the move and gave him a shot at No. 2 on Saturday and Sunday.
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In the two games combined, DeShields went just 1-for-8, but he did steal a base, score two runs and drive in a run and has his season average now up to .283 with a .397 on-base percentage. He's also stolen 10 bases on 11 attempts and has scored 15 runs.
If he continues to play like this, DeShields could be a big bright spot in a so-so season, especially when you consider he was lifted from the Astros organization.