By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 16, 2011) It has been reported in various news sources that the 2010 Houston Astros first round draft pick, Delino DeShields, was arrested in Athens, Georgia early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence, underage possession of alcohol, and an unspecified traffic violation.
DeShields, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, was given a $2.15 million signing bonus when he signed with the Astros. The signing bonus was a record for the Astros.
DeShields spent about two hours in jail before posting a $2500 bond.
He signed with the Astros on August 5 and played 16 games for their rookie level affiliate, the Greeneville Astros; hitting .313 along with six doubles, five stolen bases and 18 strikeouts.
He was expected to start for the Lexington Legends, the Astros’ Class A affiliate.
DeShields attended Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia during high school.
He is the son of Delino DeShields, who spends 13 years in the majors, playing for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, St Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago Cubs.
The Astros have declined comment, stating the situation is a police matter.