Collin DeLome, a 26-year-old lefty-swinging outfielder, seemed to be coming into his own, then, in a flash, he tore his ACL and his season is over.
Houston gave up on its fifth round draft choice from 2007 early this season even though the former Lamar University star had hit 72 home runs in less than six years. He joined the Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish, and in short order was tearing up the Atlantic League with a .368 average, five homers, 14 extra base hits and 22 RBI in only 23 games when Atlanta purchased his contract and sent him to its top farm club in Gwinnett, GA. Six games into his fresh start--really, four significant appearances--and he has to wait until 2013 to prove himself to Braves brass. DeLome's 2-for-16 start with four runs scored were barely a chance to show his skills which Bridgeport Manager Willie Upshaw describes as the ultimate: "Five tools".
"He's a good player" and "a very respectful kid" praised Upshaw. He should know. The respected manager/hitting guru had watched as DeLome went 9-for-16 in his last four Bluefish games. Three of those were victories, which have not come as easily since the 6-foot-2 Texan departed.
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