DeShields says son will sign with Astros

DeShields says son will sign with Astros

ST. LOUIS -- Delino DeShields, the former Major Leaguer and father of Astros' No. 1 Draft pick Delino DeShields Jr., told on Monday his son plans to sign with the team and not attend LSU. The Astros have made an offer to DeShields Jr. and are hoping to be able to announce a deal soon.

The deadline to sign Draft picks is Aug. 16.

"He's going to be an Astro," DeShields said. "No doubt."

DeShields Jr. was drafted No. 8 overall as a second baseman out of Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., where he played the outfield. DeShields Jr., who committed to LSU to play baseball, was the leadoff hitter for his private school and hit .415 and led the team in homers (9), RBIs (40) and stolen bases (29).

The Astros had hoped to sign DeShields Jr. sooner and have him already playing in their system in the outfield before moving him to second base in the instructional league. DeShields Jr. is a good enough athlete to make up for lost time, but the clock is ticking.

"The get-it-done deal is in front of Delino and his family," Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck said. "We're still extremely optimistic he will be an Astro. Unfortunately, it will be more on their clock and calendar than we had hoped."

In addition to DeShields Jr., the other picks in the first 10 rounds the Astros have yet to sign are third-round pick Austin Wates, an outfielder, and sixth-round pick Adam Plutko, a right-handed pitcher. Heck hopes to get more players in the fold this week.