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Ian Desmond

29-Year-Old Shortstop – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

AVG

.255

HR

24

RBI

91

R

73

SB

24

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.

October 4, 2014  –  Ian Desmond News

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Nationals manager Matt Williams said "there's a chance" Desmond could miss a game during the NLDS or later in the postseason to be with his pregnant wife, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post 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 154 648 593 73 151 53 26 3 24 91 24 5 46 183 0 3 6 .255 .313 .430 .743
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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)     771 3,152 2,897 355 781 268 158 19 91 370 109 32 187 703 23 22 23 .270 .317 .431 .748

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position     ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

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Ian Desmond Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 28 Mia 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .313 .430 .743
Sep. 27 Mia 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .313 .425 .738
Sep. 26 Mia Did not play.
Sep. 26 Mia 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .312 .425 .737
Sep. 25 NYM Did not play.
Sep. 25 NYM 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 .253 .311 .425 .736
Sep. 24 NYM Did not play.
Sep. 23 NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .253 .310 .424 .734
Sep. 21 @Mia Did not play.
Sep. 20 @Mia 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .310 .427 .737
Sep. 19 @Mia 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .307 .424 .731
Sep. 18 @Mia 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .308 .421 .729
Sep. 17 @Atl Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Atl 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .308 .423 .731
Sep. 15 @Atl 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .307 .415 .722
Sep. 14 @NYM 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .309 .418 .727
Sep. 13 @NYM 4 2 3 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 .250 .307 .415 .722
Sep. 12 @NYM 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .246 .303 .411 .714
Sep. 11 @NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .247 .304 .413 .717
Sep. 10 Atl Did not play.
Sep. 9 Atl 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .248 .303 .415 .718
Sep. 8 Atl 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .303 .416 .719
Sep. 7 Phi 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .304 .417 .721
Sep. 6 Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .302 .413 .715
Sep. 5 Phi 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .246 .303 .414 .717
Sep. 3 @LAD 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .301 .415 .716
Sep. 2 @LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 .249 .304 .421 .725
Sep. 1 @LAD 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .306 .424 .730
Aug. 31 @Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .307 .425 .732
Aug. 30 @Sea 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .309 .429 .738
Last 7 Days 11 2 4 1 0 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 .364 .467 .727 1.194
Last 14 Days 29 6 10 3 1 2 5 5 7 2 0 0 1 1 .345 .429 .724 1.153
Last 30 Days 91 15 24 7 1 2 10 9 30 7 0 1 1 4 .264 .333 .429 .762

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Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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
2014150215204.273.440.771
2013135164163.281.437.766
2012119147182.303.571.902

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201444352197120.248.427.734
201346561166418.280.458.789
201239458185519.289.492.828

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201428233124710.248.415.733
201329845104610.319.510.871
201227738164512.310.542.888

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201431140124414.260.444.752
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 648 593 7.1% 28.2% 0.25 69% .329 .175
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3-Year Averages     612 565 5.9% 21.6% 0.27 77% .332 .158
Career     3,152 2,897 5.9% 22.3% 0.27 76% .328 .161

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

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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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.255 AVG
WEAK
69% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.329 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.430 SLG
GOOD
.175 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.25 BB/K
TERRIBLE
7.1% BB Rate
WEAK
28.2% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

Explain This

.743 OPS
AVERAGE
.313 OBP
WEAK

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

Desmond is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Nationals' doubleheader Friday.

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Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

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Desmond is not in the lineup Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 Tuesday with a double, two runs scored, two RBI and his 23rd home run of the season.

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Desmond (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.

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Manager Matt Williams expects Desmond (back) to return to the lineup on Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

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Desmond left Tuesday's game with lower-back tightness, and it is not believed to be serious, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

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Desmond left Tuesday's game against the Braves in the sixth inning, Adam Kilgore 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.