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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The son of former big leaguer Delino Deshields was one of 14 minor leaguers taken in baseball's winter meetings draft.
Delino Deshields Jr., a Houston Astros prospect, was selected by the Texas Rangers, who had the third pick in Thursday's draft for players left off 40-man rosters.
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Deshields had 54 stolen bases and 11 homers for Double-A Corpus Christi.
In the Rule 5 draft, teams pay $50,000 to pick a player. That player must either remain on the big league roster throughout 2015 or be offered back to the original club for $25,000.
The Diamondbacks took Rays Class A catcher Oscar Hernandez with the top pick. Selecting sixth, the Red Sox took Astros right-hander Jandel Gustave and then sold his contract to the AL champion Royals. Gustave's fastball reaches 100 mph.
Last year in the Rule 5 draft, Texas took Colorado infielder Russell Wilson — the quarterback who later helped the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl. Wilson is still officially in the Rangers' system.
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