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Delino DeShields Jr. has been roaming big-league clubhouses for years.

Not only as a player, but as the son of the former 13-year major-leaguer, Delino DeShields.

In a sport known for sons following in their fathers' footsteps the DeShields hold a special honor. The father-and-son combination became the first pair to both be drafted in the first round out of high school. DeShields went No. 12 overall to Montreal in 1987, while his son went No. 8 in 2010 to Houston.

The 5-foot-9, 208-pound outfielder has made a name for himself with the Texas Rangers, and in 12 games this month, DeShields is batting .304 with 13 runs scored and five extra-base hits, helping to keep the Rangers' wild-card hopes alive.

DeShields has primarily been used this season as a leadoff hitter, and the Rangers are 32-13 when he scores a run.

"He's an exciting player and sparks our offense," manager Jeff Banister told the Dallas Morning News. "Having him at the top of the lineup is really a nice look for us. I like guys who can jump-start an offense."

Overall in 2017, DeShields has put together his best season at the plate and is batting .281 with 66 runs scored, five home runs and 20 RBI in 105 games. He also leads the team and is tied for fourth in the American League with 28 stolen bases. According to MLB's Statcast, DeShields is one of the fastest players in the majors, and has run the eighth-fastest sprint speed recorded this season.

His dad and namesake played 13 years in the majors with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. Now, he manages Louisville, Cincinnati's Triple-A affiliate. His mother, Tisha, was an All-American track and field star at the University of Tennessee. Diamond, one of his three siblings, currently plays basketball for the Lady Vols.

As a tribute to his dad, DeShields wore unique cleats this year for Father's Day weekend. The cleats featured a picture from his dad's playing days in Montreal with DeShields Jr. on his dad's shoulders.

The dual-sport athlete who also played football in high school grew up outside of Atlanta. As a kid, he used to love to fish.

After being drafted by the Astros, he quickly gained notoriety in Houston's farm system and was named the Astros' No. 2 prospect in 2010. In 2011, DeShields was named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year in a season where he stole 101 bases and hit .287 between Low-A Lexington and Single-A Lancaster.  He joined the Rangers after being selected in the Rule 5 draft in 2014.

Over three seasons with the Rangers, DeShields has hit .258 with 185 runs scored, 11 home runs and 70 RBIs, with 61 steals. 

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