Top 5 Rule 5 Draft Picks from the 2015 Season

Credit: Bill Dadilon/ USA Today Sports

Credit: Bill Dadilon/ USA Today Sports

Delino DeShields Jr.- Texas Rangers

Losing Hererra would be rough except for the fact the Rangers picked up Delino DeShields Jr. with their selection. Being the son of a former Major Leaguer, DeShields had big shoes to fill from an early age. There were countless reports that he was benched for lack of hustle and dogging it in the Astros system. That did not scare off the Rangers and they were rewarded with a phenomenal young talent.

The 23-year-old DeShields hit .261 with two home runs and 37 RBIs. He had an impressive on base percentage of .344 and stole 25 bags for the Rangers. He has great leadoff skills and often bunts and moves runners over. Defensively he has been above average and gets great jumps on the ball. The Rangers are so impressed with his abilities that they moved Leonys Martin this winter.

DeShields recorded a 1.1 WAR rating last season in his 424 at-bats. He played mostly center field, but also had some innings in left field as well. In the 2015 playoffs DeShields hit .292 (7-24) and showed that he will be in the Rangers lineup for years to come. He is the prime example that the Rule 5 Draft can really pay off.

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