Newly acquired outfielder Delino Deshields Jr. is being reunited with his father who is the first base coach for the Cincinnati Reds after being traded from Boston.
There will be a family reunion held in Ohio soon for the Deshields family as both senior and junior are now members of the Cincinnati Reds organization after the Red Sox traded Deshields for cash considerations Tuesday.
“I’m excited, nervous, proud- the whole gamut,” said Deshields Sr. when asked about the new reality where he is now his son’s first base coach.
Deshields Sr. also known as “Bop” played 13 seasons in the Majors with five different teams. In his Major League debut, Deshields became one of what is now 12 players to record four hits. For his career he hit .268 with and 463 stolen bases.
Delino’s sister Diamond may be the best athlete in the family. She was the third overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft and was named to the All-Star game in 2019 where she also won the Skills Challenge.
When it comes to pure speed, there is a short list of players in any sport who may be able to keep up with Delino Deshields Jr. Deshields was the eighth overall selection by the Houston Astros in the 2010 draft.
His time in H-Town was summed up by him getting hit in the face with a 90MPH fastball in April of 2014. He was then selected by the Texas Rangers after the 2014 Winter Meetings in the Rule 5 Draft and was on the Opening Day roster to begin the year.
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Delino DeShields Jr. with one of the best plays of the YEAR for a CF!
During his time patrolling center field in Arlington, Deshields was constantly making great catch after great catch. His speed allows him to turn plays nobody would ever make into web gems.
In December of 2019, Deshields was traded to the Cleveland Guardians in a deal that sent Cory Klueber back to Texas. This was the last time we saw him in the Big Leagues as in just 37 games that year Deshields hit .252 with no home runs, seven RBI and three doubles.
Before the 2021 season, Deshields signed a Minor League contract to return to the Rangers but would not end up making the 40-man roster as he was sent to Triple A Round Rock for 66 games where he stole 16 bases and posted a batting average of .263 before he was again traded at the beginning of August, this time to the Boston Red Sox.
In Triple A this season Deshields has been successful on over 87 percent of his stolen base attempts and has a batting average of .252 with a .385 on base percentage.
Deshields was eligible to be traded after the July 31st trade deadline because he was not on the Red Sox 40-man roster and played this season on a minor league deal. He will be sent to the Reds Triple A affiliate, the Louisville Bats but with Major League rosters expanding to 40 players in September, Deshields should have a spot on the team for their playoff run.
The speed factor Deshields adds to the roster could play a major role in the Reds winning or losing the one game wild card match they are fighting to play in. The Reds rank dead last out of 30 Major League teams with only 27 stolen bases this year, and they trail the next team by six. Delino was 21-24 when stealing bases this season.
That extra base or even just a few steps can be the difference in whether or not we get to see the 2021 version of the Big Red Machine late in October.
He came out of the bullpen, throwing one inning and striking out all three batters he faced to help the Reds come out with a 7-4 victory.
Reds manager David Bell was impressed with Givens in his first outing with the team.
“Can’t get much better than that for any inning, you strike out the side,” he said. “It’s a different look. He’s had a lot of success pitching in those situations, so to go to a new team and be able to have a first outing like that, I think that’s really important to him.”
The next day he made another appearance out of the bullpen against the New York Mets.
Givens put together another impressive inning as he struck out one and gave up one hit.
So far, Givens has come in and made his presence known on the field.
When Givens found out he was traded to Cincinnati, it was something he was looking forward to.
“Getting traded to the Reds, I was pretty excited,” Givens told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I know a lot of the boys on this team and kind of grew up with most of them. I’m excited to make this playoff push.”
Givens possesses a high level fastball ranging in the mid-90s and a potent slider and changeup.
He’s been effective all season and he’s one pitcher you want in your bullpen.
Our MLBbro had a 2.73 ERA this season during his time with the Rockies and he only allowed one run when he pitched away from Coors Field.
No matter what team he is on, Givens always puts in work on the mound. He’s a legit force in relief.
“I don’t treat (anything) differently,” he said. “I still go out there and perform and try to win ball games. Regardless of place in the standings with the Rockies, we were really competitive.”
“To have that feeling to be able to compete for another playoff like my rookie year is really exciting,” Givens said. “Really excited with the ball team. Really excited with the whole organization. I’m ready to go compete and win a World Series.”
This is an important time in the season for teams competing for a playoff push.
Let’s just say that Givens is ready to help make an impact for the Reds and they made a good move acquiring the right-handed pitcher.
Through 33 games this season he has an ERA of 2.56 with a 3-2 record and 38 strikeouts.
In his last five appearances, he has not given up an earned run and he now holds the second-lowest ERA of any reliever on the Reds roster.
Givens is one MLBbro you need to keep an eye on during this second half of the season because he’s going to be an important piece to the Reds pitching staff.
NY Mets exceptional Black pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, were crushing it at Citi Field with the All-Black jerseys against Cincinnati Reds on July 30. The Mets haven’t worn them since 2012.