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Ian Desmond

30-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent

2015 Stats

AVG

.233

HR

19

RBI

62

R

69

SB

13

2016 RotoWire Projections

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Desmond picked the absolute worst time to have a poor campaign, as the 30-year-old shortstop heads into free agency on the heels of career lows in batting average and OBP while hitting fewer than 20 h...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   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.

November 13, 2015  –  Ian Desmond News

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Desmond declined the qualifying offer from the Nationals and will remain a free agent, James Wagner 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 SAV 73 309 296 37 73 16 10 2 4 23 20 6 13 60 0 0 0 .247 .291 .334 .625
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
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 156 641 583 69 136 48 27 2 19 62 13 5 45 187 6 4 3 .233 .290 .384 .674
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3-Year Averages     156 646 592 73 151 53 30 2 21 77 19 5 44 171 2 4 4 .255 .309 .419 .728
Career  (View All)     927 3,793 3,480 424 917 316 185 21 110 432 122 37 232 890 29 26 26 .264 .312 .424 .736

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Ian Desmond: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 155
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
2015117145162.248.436.757
2014150215204.273.440.771
2013135164163.281.437.766

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201546655144611.230.371.653
201444352197120.248.427.734
201346561166418.280.458.789

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152804311347.275.454.775
201428233124710.248.415.733
201329845104610.319.510.871

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015303268286.195.320.581
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 SAV 309 296 4.2% 19.4% 0.22 80% .297 .087
2005 19 A POT 240 219 8.8% 22.1% 0.40 76% .325 .128
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 641 583 7% 29.2% 0.24 68% .310 .151
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3-Year Averages     646 592 6.8% 26.5% 0.26 71% .325 .164
Career     3,793 3,480 6.1% 23.5% 0.26 74% .325 .160

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2015 Stat Review for Ian Desmond    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.233 AVG
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68% Contact Rate
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.310 BABIP
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Power

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.384 SLG
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.151 ISO
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Plate Discipline

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0.24 BB/K
POOR
7.0% BB Rate
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29.2% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

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.674 OPS
POOR
.290 OBP
POOR

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Ian Desmond

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

Desmond was given a qualifying offer by the Nationals on Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond isn't in the lineup Monday against the Reds, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-4 loss to Miami on Thursday.

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Desmond went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in an 8-2 victory over the Braves on Saturday.

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Desmond singled and drew three walks in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

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Desmond went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a solo shot, his 17th home run of the season.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in a 12-6 loss to the Giants on Saturday.

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Desmond hit a pair of homers in a monster game Monday against the Dodgers. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and as many runs scored.

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Desmond went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

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Desmond is not in the lineup Wednesday against Arizona, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

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Desmond went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a walk, two runs scored, two RBI and his 11th home run of the season.

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Desmond found his way on base all four times up Wednesday, collecting two doubles, two walks, a steal and two runs in a win over the Mets.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's win against the Mets.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2015

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 a bit of a down year for him. An ugly strikeout total (183, another career-high), driven primarily by more swings and misses on pitches outside the strike zone, led to a big drop in his batting average even as the rest of his batting profile remained relatively consistent. Desmond turns 30 in September and isn't likely to become more selective at the plate, so his days of making a positive contribution in batting average could be behind him, but hitting in the middle of a potent Nationals lineup should continue to supply him with plenty of offensive opportunities. If you're a believer in the big-contract-year theory, note that Desmond will become a free agent after 2015, although with no one ready in the system behind him, expect the Nats to make a big push to get him signed.

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.