Thursday, August 5, 2010

Astros officially sign DeShields

Alright, #8 is officially on board.

Bobby Heck:
"We’re very excited that the negotiation process is now in the rear-view mirror and we are able to add this gifted baseball player to the Houston Astros organization. It will be fun watching Delino put his talent to work and begin his journey back here to Minute Maid Park."

Ed Wade:
"Delino fits perfectly into what we’re trying to do at the developmental level. He is strong, athletic and dynamic. He’s got great bloodlines and is focused on being a successful big leaguer."

The eighth overall selection was the highest for the Astros since the 1992 draft when the club selected IF Phil Nevin.

Note: the KHOU line is notable if only because it is the first time in 18 years that the Astros' 1992 draft has not been referred to as, "when the club didn't select Derek Jeter."

UPDATE: Brian McTaggart says the signing bonus was for $2.15m.