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Ian Desmond

28-Year-Old Shortstop – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

AVG

.226

HR

3

RBI

11

R

10

SB

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Desmond put together his second straight 20-20 season, cementing his spot among the elite fantasy options at shortstop. His high strikeout rate makes his ability to sustain a useful batting average qu...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 215   DOB: 9/20/1985   BORN: Sarasota, FL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Ian Desmond Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2014.

April 18, 2014  –  Ian Desmond News

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Desmond's early season struggles in the field continued Thursday as he committed two more errors, giving him seven in 16 games.

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Ian Desmond Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 18 A Ver 4 13 12 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 .250 .308 .500 .808
2005 19 A Pot 55 240 219 37 56 19 13 3 3 15 13 6 21 53 0 0 0 .256 .325 .384 .709
2005 19 A Sav 73 309 296 37 73 16 10 2 4 23 20 6 13 60 0 0 0 .247 .291 .334 .625
2006 20 A A 92 394 365 50 89 31 20 2 9 45 14 8 29 79 0 0 0 .244 .313 .384 .697
2006 20 AA HAR 37 137 125 9 23 5 4 1 0 3 4 1 6 37 6 0 0 .184 .221 .232 .453
2007 21 A Pot 129 515 458 69 121 47 30 4 13 45 27 11 57 99 0 0 0 .264 .357 .432 .789
2008 22 R GCL 3 13 13 1 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 .385 .385 .462 .847
2008 22 AA HAR 93 364 323 42 81 26 14 0 12 44 12 8 31 78 6 2 2 .251 .318 .406 .724
2009 23 AA HAR 42 189 170 29 52 19 12 1 6 18 13 4 16 40 1 0 2 .306 .372 .494 .866
2009 23 AAA SYR 55 205 178 25 63 15 12 2 1 14 8 1 20 32 4 0 3 .354 .428 .461 .889
2009 23 MAJ WAS 21 89 82 9 23 13 7 2 4 12 1 0 5 14 1 1 0 .280 .318 .561 .879
2010 24 MAJ WAS 154 574 525 59 141 41 27 4 10 65 17 5 28 109 9 7 5 .269 .308 .392 .700
2011 25 MAJ WAS 154 639 584 65 148 40 27 5 8 49 25 10 35 139 11 5 4 .253 .298 .358 .656
2012 26 MAJ WAS 130 547 513 72 150 60 33 2 25 73 21 6 30 113 0 1 3 .292 .335 .511 .846
2013 27 MAJ WAS 158 655 600 77 168 61 38 3 20 80 21 6 43 145 2 5 5 .280 .331 .453 .784
2014 28 MAJ WAS 16 66 62 10 14 5 2 0 3 11 0 1 3 22 0 1 0 .226 .258 .403 .661
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ian Desmond
3-Year Averages MAJ   147 612 565 71 155 52 32 3 17 67 22 7 36 132 4 3 4 .274 .321 .432 .753
Career  (View All) MAJ   633 2570 2366 292 644 220 134 16 70 290 85 28 144 542 23 20 17 .272 .316 .431 .747

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Ian Desmond Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 17 StL 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 .226 .258 .403 .661
Apr. 16 @Mia 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .258 .414 .672
Apr. 15 @Mia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .259 .426 .685
Apr. 14 @Mia 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .268 .442 .710
Apr. 13 @Atl 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .234 .275 .468 .743
Apr. 12 @Atl 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 .256 .298 .512 .810
Apr. 11 @Atl 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .256 .286 .513 .799
Apr. 10 Mia 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .257 .270 .543 .813
Apr. 9 Mia 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .242 .452 .694
Apr. 8 Mia 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .241 .481 .722
Apr. 6 Atl 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .240 .542 .782
Apr. 5 Atl 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .227 .429 .656
Apr. 4 Atl 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .235 .222 .471 .693
Apr. 3 @NYM 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .143 .385 .528
Apr. 2 @NYM 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .222 .625 .847
Mar. 31 @NYM 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .200 .250 .450
Last 7 Days 27 3 5 1 0 0 3 2 11 0 0 0 0 6 .185 .241 .222 .463
Last 14 Days 54 6 12 2 0 2 9 3 20 0 1 0 1 7 .222 .259 .370 .629
Last 30 Days 62 10 14 2 0 3 11 3 22 0 1 0 1 7 .226 .258 .403 .661

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Ian Desmond: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 16
2013 158
2012 128
2011 152
2010 149 1 1
2009 5 17 1 1

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Ian Desmond Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013135164163.281.437.766
2012119147182.303.571.902
201112517376.216.352.642

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201346561166418.280.458.789
201239458185519.289.492.828
20114594854219.264.359.659

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201329845104610.319.510.871
201227738164512.310.542.888
2011272357219.228.364.650

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201330232103411.242.397.698
2012236349289.271.475.795
20113123012816.276.353.661
Ian Desmond Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 18 A Ver 13 12 0% 15.4% 0.00 83% .222 .250
2005 19 A Pot 240 219 8.8% 22.1% 0.40 76% .325 .128
2005 19 A Sav 309 296 4.2% 19.4% 0.22 80% .297 .087
2006 20 A A 394 365 7.4% 20.1% 0.37 78% .289 .140
2006 20 AA HAR 137 125 4.4% 27% 0.16 70% .261 .048
2007 21 A Pot 515 458 11.1% 19.2% 0.58 78% .312 .168
2008 22 R GCL 13 13 0% 15.4% 0.00 85% .455 .077
2008 22 AA HAR 364 323 8.5% 21.4% 0.40 76% .296 .155
2009 23 AA HAR 189 170 8.5% 21.2% 0.40 76% .371 .188
2009 23 AAA SYR 205 178 9.8% 15.6% 0.63 82% .428 .107
2009 23 MAJ WAS 89 82 5.6% 15.7% 0.36 83% .297 .281
2010 24 MAJ WAS 574 525 4.9% 19% 0.26 79% .323 .123
2011 25 MAJ WAS 639 584 5.5% 21.8% 0.25 76% .320 .105
2012 26 MAJ WAS 547 513 5.5% 20.7% 0.27 78% .333 .219
2013 27 MAJ WAS 655 600 6.6% 22.1% 0.30 76% .340 .173
2014 28 MAJ WAS 66 62 4.5% 33.3% 0.14 65% .297 .177
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ian Desmond
3-Year Averages MAJ   612 565 5.9% 21.6% 0.27 77% .332 .158
Career MAJ   2570 2366 5.6% 21.1% 0.27 77% .327 .159

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2014 Stat Review for Ian Desmond    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.226 AVG
TERRIBLE
65% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.297 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.403 SLG
WEAK
.177 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.14 BB/K
TERRIBLE
4.5% BB Rate
POOR
33.3% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.661 OPS
POOR
.258 OBP
TERRIBLE

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Ian Desmond (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Tim Lincecum SF 14 10 2 6 0 1 0 .714 1.286 2.000
Gavin Floyd ATL 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1.333 2.000
Chris Capuano BOS 10 5 2 2 1 3 0 .500 1.400 1.945
Jeff Francis CIN 10 5 1 1 0 1 0 .500 .900 1.400
Jeff Samardzija CHI-N 16 8 1 3 0 4 0 .500 .875 1.375
Jeremy Guthrie KC 8 3 1 2 0 1 0 .375 1.000 1.375
Tim Stauffer SD 6 3 0 0 3 0 0 .500 .667 1.333
Paul Maholm LA 19 7 3 4 2 4 0 .368 .895 1.323
Jorge De La Rosa COL 6 3 0 2 2 1 0 .500 .667 1.292
Antonio Bastardo PHI 7 3 1 2 0 3 0 .429 .857 1.286

Worst Matchups for Ian Desmond (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Raul Valdes HOU 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 .125 .125 .250
Jonathan Papelbon PHI 8 1 0 0 0 4 1 .125 .125 .250
Edward Mujica BOS 9 1 0 1 0 4 0 .111 .111 .211
Chad Billingsley LA 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Matt Garza MIL 6 0 0 0 1 3 0 .000 .000 .143
Anthony Varvaro ATL 7 0 0 1 1 3 1 .000 .000 .125
Craig Kimbrel ATL 13 0 0 0 0 10 0 .000 .000 .000
Kevin Correia MIN 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Fernandez MIA 9 0 0 0 0 7 0 .000 .000 .000
Zack Greinke LA 8 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .000 .000

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Ian Desmond: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Desmond went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Thursday's win over Miami.

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Desmond's solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the game winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Braves.

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Desmond hit second on Wednesday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts as Nationals manager Matt Williams previewed what could be his Opening Day lineup.

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Desmond (finger) is expected to be in the Nationals' lineup Sunday, MLB.com's Andrew Simon reports.

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Desmond (finger) was sent home Thursday with a chest cold, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond missed Wednesday's game after sustaining a cut to his pinky finger fielding a pregame ground ball, the team's official site reports.

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Desmond signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Desmond is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports.

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Desmond swiped two bases in the second game of Sunday's double-header, giving him his second straight 20-20 season.

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Desmond (hamstring) played both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves, and went 2-for-8 with a run, a double and a RBI.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Where did that come from? Desmond more than doubled his ISO from 2011, and in the process more than doubled his career home-run total. Most of his internal metrics look fairly flat though (his strikeout rate was a bit lower and BABIP a bit higher, but his walk rate remained rock-steady and poor), so while an age-27 power spike is not unheard of and he certainly seems to be maturing as a ballplayer (progress reflected primarily in his defense) his 2012 numbers look more like a peak than a new plateau. He might keep some of the homers, but he has too much empty air in his swing to maintain a near-.300 batting average.

2012

Desmond had a disappointing 2011, showing a decline in his slash line and home run total. He was able to post an identical BABIP (.317), however, his strikeout rate increased from 19.0 to 21.8 percent and that caused a drop in his batting average. He was able to improve his walk rate in 2011, but he will not have an OBP above .320 in 2012. Desmond will be a benefit to owners because of his 20-plus stolen-base ability, and he is capable of producing double-digit home runs again. Despite his struggles in 2011 at both the plate and in the field, he will continue to be the starting shortstop in 2012.

2011

Desmond's first full season in the big leagues proved to be a tough one. The improvement in his plate discipline that he flashed the year before evaporated, and his 34 errors in the field were unacceptable by any standard. His steals give him fantasy value and there's still a little upside here, but a disappointing start to the year (especially with the glove) could see Danny Espinosa slide over to short and put Desmond at second base, or on the bench in a utility role.

2010

After a few seasons in the Nationals' system as the poster boy for Athleticism Without Tools, Desmond suddenly started developing a skill set, making consistent solid contact at the plate with a little bit of power and good success on the base paths, while also showing some refinement in the field. He did well enough at the end of the year in the majors to make the club seriously consider shifting Cristian Guzman over to second base in 2010 (although Guzman's declining defense should have been enough encouragement), and while the Nats may look to sign a veteran shortstop to take the pressure off Desmond he could just as easily win the starting job outright this spring. He won't be the next Hanley Ramirez, but he does look like he's got a big league career ahead of him.

2009

The Nationals continue to promote Desmond as though he's a legit prospect, but he has yet to do anything on the diamond to prove it. He's an amazing athlete, but so far he hasn't honed his baseball skills enough to turn that athleticism into any kind of real production. He'll turn 24 next summer, and time is running out for him to justify Washington's faith in him.