Texas Rangers Week in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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May 24, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder

Delino DeShields

(7) bats against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

3. Delino DeShields

During a nine game stretch in early May, Delino DeShields hit .355 while stealing six bases and driving in six runs and was looking to be a big spark at the top of a surging lineup. In the last week, DeShields has hit just .238/.304/.333 and has not stolen any bases or driven in any runs. When he has gotten on base, however, he has done a good job of scoring. He has reached base seven times from five hits and two walks and has managed to score four runs.

DeShields has remained in the leadoff spot ever since he took over the spot for Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers like his incredible speed at the top of the order and his ability to score when he gets on base but if he is going to hold on to the top spot he needs to get on base more. While playing most center field for the month of May, DeShields has made just one error in 114 innings and has done a great job replacing Leonys Martin so far.

It is expected for rookies to go through tough patches like DeShields is experiencing this past week and the important part is to see how he handles the adversity in the coming weeks to see if he can pull himself back to the level he was playing at.

DeShields has the potential to be a big part of this lineup and I believe he will turn it around and be force at the lineup for years to come.

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