First-rounders Springer, DeShields form bond

First-rounders Springer, DeShields form bond

First-rounders Springer, DeShields form bond
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- George Springer and Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' two most recent first-round picks, have formed a bond during the early days of their first Major League camp. They are roommates this spring and have adjoining lockers in the clubhouse.

"We spent a lot of time together in the instructional league, and we hung out a lot, too," said DeShields. "He's a pretty cool dude, and we get along good."

DeShields, 19, was taken with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of College Park, Ga., and last year made the transition to second base from outfield. He's ranked as the team's eighth-best prospect entering the season by MLB.com.

Springer, 22, was the 11th pick in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Connecticut and is facing his first full season in professional baseball. He played just eight games for short-season Tri-City after signing last year and is ranked as the team's No. 3 prospect by MLB.com.

"It's an unbelievable experience," Springer said. "I'm extremely fortunate to be here and see guys who've been here for three-plus [years] and how they handle everything and go about their business."