HOUSTON -- Delino DeShields Jr. set the single-season stolen base record at Class A Lexington on Saturday. DeShields swiped his 49th base of the year in the sixth inning at West Virginia, giving him one more than Josh Anderson's previous club record of 48, set in 2004.
DeShields, the Astros' first-round pick in 2010, is hitting .268 with four homers, 11 doubles, three triples and 32 RBIs through 70 games for the Legends. He has been caught stealing only seven times in 56 attempts. In 119 games last year at Lexington, DeShields stole just 30 bases in his first full season of pro ball.
"That's been really exciting for him," Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said. "I've always believed stealing bases is an attitude. You have to want to do it and like to do it and enjoy being aggressive, and to some extent messing with pitchers and catchers and infielders by running. He's really taken that approach this year and that's really been encouraging."