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Ian Desmond

28-Year-Old Shortstop – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

AVG

.249

HR

20

RBI

77

R

53

SB

16

2014 Preseason 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.

August 21, 2014  –  Ian Desmond News

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Desmond is out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

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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 123 516 474 53 118 40 18 2 20 77 16 4 35 144 0 2 5 .249 .306 .422 .728
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3-Year Averages     147 612 565 71 155 52 32 3 17 67 22 7 36 132 4 3 4 .274 .321 .432 .753
Career  (View All)     740 3,020 2,778 335 748 255 150 18 87 356 101 31 176 664 23 21 22 .269 .316 .430 .746

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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
Aug. 21 Ari Did not play.
Aug. 20 Ari 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .249 .306 .422 .728
Aug. 19 Ari 4 1 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .251 .307 .425 .732
Aug. 18 Ari 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .303 .422 .725
Aug. 17 Pit 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 .248 .304 .425 .729
Aug. 16 Pit 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .248 .305 .427 .732
Aug. 15 Pit 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .303 .428 .731
Aug. 14 @NYM 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 .247 .301 .428 .729
Aug. 13 @NYM 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .298 .427 .725
Aug. 12 @NYM 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .298 .428 .726
Aug. 10 @Atl 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .296 .422 .718
Aug. 9 @Atl 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .241 .295 .415 .710
Aug. 8 @Atl 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .298 .419 .717
Aug. 7 NYM 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .300 .423 .723
Aug. 6 NYM 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .245 .298 .416 .714
Aug. 5 NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .298 .418 .716
Aug. 4 Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 .246 .299 .421 .720
Aug. 3 Phi 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .301 .425 .726
Aug. 2 Phi 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .251 .304 .429 .733
Aug. 1 Phi 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .302 .429 .731
Jul. 31 Phi 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .300 .428 .728
Jul. 30 @Mia 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .303 .433 .736
Jul. 29 @Mia 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .301 .431 .732
Jul. 28 @Mia 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .300 .431 .731
Jul. 27 @Cin 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .300 .435 .735
Jul. 26 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 .251 .300 .437 .737
Jul. 25 @Cin 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .301 .440 .741
Jul. 23 @Col 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .305 .446 .751
Jul. 22 @Col 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .257 .306 .449 .755
Jul. 21 @Col 5 3 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .302 .445 .747
Last 7 Days 21 3 6 0 0 0 5 4 6 2 1 0 0 1 .286 .400 .286 .686
Last 14 Days 49 10 14 0 0 3 11 7 11 4 1 0 1 2 .286 .368 .469 .837
Last 30 Days 108 17 29 2 0 4 17 13 30 6 2 1 1 4 .269 .350 .398 .748

Ian Desmond: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 123
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
2014123175183.276.463.799
2013135164163.281.437.766
2012119147182.303.571.902

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201435136155913.239.407.703
201346561166418.280.458.789
201239458185519.289.492.828

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142382510417.244.403.710
201329845104610.319.510.871
201227738164512.310.542.888

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142362810369.254.441.747
201330232103411.242.397.698
2012236349289.271.475.795
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 516 474 6.8% 27.9% 0.24 70% .316 .173
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3-Year Averages     612 565 5.9% 21.6% 0.27 77% .332 .158
Career     3,020 2,778 5.8% 22% 0.27 76% .326 .161

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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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.249 AVG
WEAK
70% Contact Rate
POOR
.316 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.422 SLG
AVERAGE
.173 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.24 BB/K
TERRIBLE
6.8% BB Rate
WEAK
27.9% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.728 OPS
WEAK
.306 OBP
WEAK

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

Desmond was locked in Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, a run and a stolen base in a win over the Diamondbacks.

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Desmond went 1-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored, two RBI and his 20th home run of the season.

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Desmond went 2-for-5 with his 18th homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs Thursday against the Mets.

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Desmond was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday night.

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Desmond was 5-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and a home run Monday against the Rockies.

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Desmond (hand) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

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Desmond (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. "If it were October, he would play [Friday]," manager Matt Williams said.

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Desmond (hand) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.

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X-rays on Desmond's right hand came back negative, but he is unlikely to start Friday's game in Philadelphia, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

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Desmond was removed from Thursday's game against the Orioles in the eighth inning, after getting hit on the hand by a pitch, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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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.