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Ian Desmond

29-Year-Old Shortstop – Washington Nationals

2015 Stats

AVG

.217

HR

7

RBI

23

R

34

SB

2

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Once again, Desmond ranked among the elite in terms of fantasy production from a middle infielder, turning in his third straight 20-20 season while racking up a career-high 91 RBI, but it was actually...

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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.

July 3, 2015  –  Ian Desmond News

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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 154 648 593 73 151 53 26 3 24 91 24 5 46 183 0 3 6 .255 .313 .430 .743
2015 29 MAJ WAS 77 322 300 34 65 24 17 0 7 23 2 2 15 91 3 1 3 .217 .260 .343 .603
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3-Year Averages     147 614 568 74 156 57 32 2 23 81 22 5 39 147 0 3 4 .275 .324 .460 .784
Career  (View All)     848 3,474 3,197 389 846 292 175 19 98 393 111 34 202 794 26 23 26 .265 .311 .423 .735

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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
Jul. 3 SF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .260 .343 .603
Jul. 2 @Atl Did not play.
Jul. 1 @Atl 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .219 .263 .347 .610
Jun. 30 @Atl 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .266 .352 .618
Jun. 28 @Phi 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .225 .269 .356 .625
Jun. 28 @Phi 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .266 .346 .612
Jun. 27 @Phi Did not play.
Jun. 26 @Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .268 .349 .617
Jun. 25 Atl 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .268 .350 .618
Jun. 24 Atl 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .220 .265 .337 .602
Jun. 23 Atl Did not play.
Jun. 21 Pit 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .222 .266 .341 .607
Jun. 20 Pit 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .266 .342 .608
Jun. 19 Pit Did not play.
Jun. 18 TB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .269 .346 .615
Jun. 17 TB 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .228 .273 .351 .624
Jun. 16 @TB 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .272 .352 .624
Jun. 15 @TB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .266 .349 .615
Jun. 14 @Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .270 .355 .625
Jun. 13 @Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 .230 .274 .361 .635
Jun. 12 @Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .276 .367 .643
Jun. 11 @Mil 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .280 .373 .653
Jun. 10 @NYY 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .277 .370 .647
Jun. 9 @NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .239 .283 .378 .661
Jun. 7 ChC 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .286 .383 .669
Jun. 6 ChC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .287 .372 .659
Jun. 5 ChC 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .292 .379 .671
Jun. 4 ChC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .288 .372 .660
Jun. 3 Tor 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .293 .379 .672
Jun. 2 Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .294 .382 .676
Last 7 Days 19 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 2 .105 .150 .263 .413
Last 14 Days 37 5 6 0 0 2 5 2 12 1 0 0 1 3 .162 .200 .324 .524
Last 30 Days 97 10 14 1 0 3 8 3 35 1 0 1 1 5 .144 .176 .247 .423

Ian Desmond: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 76
2014 154
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
2015596130.237.356.642
2014150215204.273.440.771
2013135164163.281.437.766

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015238286202.214.345.601
201444352197120.248.427.734
201346561166418.280.458.789

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015133215131.263.444.731
201428233124710.248.415.733
201329845104610.319.510.871

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015167132101.180.263.502
201431140124414.260.444.752
201330232103411.242.397.698
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 648 593 7.1% 28.2% 0.25 69% .329 .175
2015 29 MAJ WAS 322 300 4.7% 28.3% 0.16 70% .287 .126
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3-Year Averages     614 568 6.4% 23.9% 0.27 74% .334 .185
Career     3,474 3,197 5.8% 22.9% 0.25 75% .325 .158

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2015 Stat Review for Ian Desmond    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.217 AVG
TERRIBLE
70% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.287 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.343 SLG
TERRIBLE
.126 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.16 BB/K
TERRIBLE
4.7% BB Rate
POOR
28.3% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.603 OPS
TERRIBLE
.260 OBP
TERRIBLE

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

Desmond is out of the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

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Desmond is out of the lineup for a second straight day for Saturday's game against the Pirates, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

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Desmond is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond went 3-for-5 with two doubles in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs.

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Desmond went 2-for-5 Tuesday with a run scored, two RBI and his third home run of the season.

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Desmond was 2-for-5 with a run scored and was caught stealing in the 4-1 win over the Padres on Saturday.

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Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nats' win over Miami on Monday night.

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Desmond went 1-for-4 on Friday with a double and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Phillies, extending his current hitting streak to six games.

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Desmond went 3-for-5 on Saturday, but also booted a couple of balls on defense and was charged with his eighth error in 12 games.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

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 questionable, but after Desmond hit .280 or better in back-to-back years, most owners should be comfortable taking that risk. Desmond is still young, athletic, and he hasn't been injury-prone, while he is capable of contributing in all five major categories. What more could you want?

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.