With the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League, the rankings for the top performers have been released. Ranking in the top 20 at no. 17 was Delino Deshields Jr., the recently converted center field prospect of the Houston Astros. In a list populated by the likes of Kris Bryant and Byron Buxton, Deshields is in strong company. He finished with a .275 average and eight stolen bases.
It’s next to impossible to project a specific year that an Astros’ prospect may be joining the MLB club. With so many prospects competing to reach the 25-man active roster and so many opportunities at the pro ball club, it really is any man’s game. Every single player has the chance to make the majors with a good string of production. That being said, Deshields officially projects to be in the majors by 2015.
Again, any projection is based purely off speculation and this point is doubly stressed when applied to the Astros, where movement of players are regular occurrences for the team. The only question that has to be answered is whether or not there will be an opening for Deshields. George Springer will be in center field. That is about as certain a projection as they come.
Robbie Grossman, if he can keep up his .322 end-of-the-year average, will likely be in left field. Then there’s right field, which is the position the Astros have been trying to fill with a rental this offseason. Deshields could be the long-term answer in right given more consistent performances at whatever minor league level he’s placed at.