Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DeShields moving back to outfield

What with Jose Altuve firmly entrenched at second base for the foreseeable future, it seems as though the Astros are moving Delino DeShields back to the outfield, beginning in the Arizona Fall League.

It increases Delino’s value to be able to play multiple positions, especially having a Major Leaguer locked up for several years at the position he’s been playing. He’s done a terrific job and his ability to play the middle infield is always going to be there and something of value. He may make it to the big leagues at a second baseman, but it helps his versatility and value have the opportunity to play the outfield.

For some background on why he was moved to 2B in the first place, you can kill half an hour by reading this, from April.