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Astros' first-round pick arrested for DUI






Mark Berman

Houston Astros first-round draft pick Delino DeShields Jr. was released early Sunday morning after being arrested in Athens, Ga., and charged with driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation, all misdemeanors.

DeShields posted a $1,500 bond for the DUI charges and $500 bonds for each of the other charges, according to computer records at the Athens-Clarke County Jail.

Astros general manager Ed Wade declined to comment in a text message to FOX 26 Sports, calling it “a police matter.” DeShields’ agent took the same position.

“Would be inappropriate for me to discuss this with you,” Adam Katz wrote in a text message to FOX 26 Sports.

DeShields, 18, was taken by the Astros with the eighth pick in the 2010 first-year player draft. Like his father, DeShields plays second base, and he hit .289 in 76 at-bats last year in rookie ball. He is scheduled to play for Class-A Lexington this upcoming season.

DeShields’ father played in the majors for 13 years with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. He is the new manager of the Class-A Dayton Dragons in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.

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