DeShields tabbed as AL's top rookie for May

DeShields tabbed as AL's top rookie for May

Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is following in his father's famous path. DeShields, son of the former big leaguer with the same name, was tabbed as the American League's Rookie of the Month for May on Wednesday. The younger DeShields batted .296 (24-for-81) with 22 runs scored and 10 stolen bases last month.

The younger DeShields, whose father was the runner-up for the 1990 National League Rookie of the Year Award, outpaced all fellow first-year players in the AL in runs, triples (two), steals, walks (15) and on-base percentage (.406) over the past month.

DeShields became the first Texas player to win the AL Rookie of the Month Award since Justin Grimm in April 2013. DeShields walked three times and stole three bases on May 7, which was just the second time that a rookie has managed those twin feats in the same game in the past 23 seasons.

DeShields has made quite an impression on the basepaths, where he became the third rookie in franchise history to steal 10 bases in any calendar month. DeShields fell a home run short of the cycle on May 13, and the Rangers posted a .633 winning percentage in May with the rookie atop the lineup.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.