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Ian Desmond

32-Year-Old Outfielder – Colorado Rockies

2017 Stats

AVG

.274

HR

7

RBI

40

R

47

SB

15

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

One of the biggest risk-reward picks heading into 2016, Desmond delivered for the bold, reviving his power-speed combination while posting his highest batting average since 2012. His career-high .350 ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 214   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 five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies in December of 2016, which includes a $13 million club option for a sixth year.

October 4, 2017  –  Ian Desmond News

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Desmond is not in the lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday for the wild-card game, Jenny Carver of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain 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
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
2016 30 MAJ TEX 156 677 625 107 178 54 29 3 22 86 21 6 44 160 0 3 5 .285 .335 .446 .781
2017 31 AAA ALB 3 10 9 1 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .400 .778 1.178
2017 31 MAJ COL 95 373 339 47 93 19 11 1 7 40 15 4 24 87 2 4 4 .274 .326 .375 .701
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3-Year Averages     155 654 600 83 155 50 27 2 21 79 19 5 45 176 2 3 4 .258 .313 .415 .728
Career  (View All)     1178 4,843 4,444 578 1,188 389 225 25 139 558 158 47 300 1,137 31 33 35 .267 .317 .423 .740

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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
Oct. 1 LAD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .326 .375 .701
Sep. 30 LAD 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .276 .328 .377 .705
Sep. 29 LAD 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .328 .377 .705
Sep. 27 Mia 4 2 2 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .329 .381 .710
Sep. 26 Mia 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .325 .370 .695
Sep. 25 Mia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .323 .370 .693
Sep. 24 @SD 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .278 .327 .375 .702
Sep. 23 @SD 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .278 .325 .375 .700
Sep. 22 @SD 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .275 .323 .374 .697
Sep. 21 @SD 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272 .320 .362 .682
Sep. 20 @SF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272 .321 .364 .685
Sep. 19 @SF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .322 .368 .690
Sep. 17 SD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .317 .365 .682
Sep. 16 SD 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .319 .367 .686
Sep. 15 SD 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .274 .321 .370 .691
Sep. 14 @Ari 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .322 .370 .692
Sep. 13 @Ari 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .322 .367 .689
Sep. 12 @Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .322 .365 .687
Sep. 11 @Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .324 .367 .691
Sep. 10 @LAD Did not play.
Sep. 9 @LAD 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .275 .325 .368 .693
Sep. 8 @LAD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .279 .327 .373 .700
Sep. 7 @LAD Did not play.
Sep. 6 SF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .328 .377 .705
Sep. 5 SF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .325 .375 .700
Sep. 4 SF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .326 .374 .700
Sep. 3 Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .327 .375 .702
Sep. 2 Ari 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .281 .329 .377 .706
Sep. 1 Ari 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .285 .333 .383 .716
Aug. 30 Det 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .285 .328 .383 .711
Last 7 Games 22 5 5 0 0 1 5 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 .227 .346 .364 .710
Last 14 Games 47 9 13 0 0 2 6 6 12 3 0 0 1 1 .277 .352 .404 .756
Last 30 Games 90 13 21 3 0 2 8 9 22 4 0 1 1 1 .233 .307 .333 .640

Ian Desmond: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 27 1 67 66 1
2016 156 29 130
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: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 2 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
201792162166.250.359.663
2016143266265.336.503.874
2015117145162.248.436.757

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017247315249.283.381.715
201648281166016.270.429.755
201546655144611.230.371.653

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017166222206.265.331.635
201630655105311.330.497.865
20152804311347.275.454.775

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017173255209.283.416.764
201631952123310.241.398.703
2015303268286.195.320.581
Ian Desmond vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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% .294 .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% .292 .281
2010 24 MAJ WAS 574 525 4.9% 19% 0.26 79% .317 .123
2011 25 MAJ WAS 639 584 5.5% 21.8% 0.25 76% .317 .105
2012 26 MAJ WAS 547 513 5.5% 20.7% 0.27 78% .332 .219
2013 27 MAJ WAS 655 600 6.6% 22.1% 0.30 76% .336 .173
2014 28 MAJ WAS 648 593 7.1% 28.2% 0.25 69% .326 .175
2015 29 MAJ WAS 641 583 7% 29.2% 0.24 68% .307 .151
2016 30 MAJ TEX 677 625 6.5% 23.6% 0.28 74% .350 .161
2017 31 AAA ALB 10 9 10% 10% 1.00 89% .286 .445
2017 31 MAJ COL 373 339 6.4% 23.3% 0.28 74% .345 .101
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3-Year Averages     654 600 6.9% 26.9% 0.26 71% .330 .157
Career     4,843 4,444 6.2% 23.5% 0.26 74% .328 .156

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Ian Desmond Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 SS 1359 1 346 4 -3 0 693 9 292 1 4 4 -4
2016 LF 251 0 37 0 0 131 0 138 -1
2016 CF 1109 -1 305 -12 -1 548 -5 516 -4
2017 1B 190.7 -3 23 -3 0 -3 64 -1 56 -1 -1 0 -1
2017 SS 5.3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 LF 557.3 -1 102 -1 -1 305 -1 186 -1
2017 CF 9 1 4 1 1 9 1 1 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 SS 0 1 0 0 0 1
2016 LF 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
2016 CF -15 -6 9 0 0 1 -2 -5 0 -6
2017 1B 0 0 1 -2 0 -1
2017 SS 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 LF -1 1 -1 0 0 -3 -1 0 0 -4
2017 CF 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

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2017 Stat Review for Ian Desmond    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.28 BB/K
POOR
6.4% BB Rate
WEAK
23.3% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.701 OPS
POOR
.326 OBP
WEAK
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.274 AVG
GOOD
.345 BABIP
HIGH
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.375 SLG
POOR
.101 ISO
TERRIBLE

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

Desmond went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and two runs during Wednesday's win over Miami.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a second run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 4-1 win over the Padres.

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Desmond is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

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Desmond is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Desmond is starting at shortstop and batting seventh Monday against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

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Desmond went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

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Desmond (calf) will start Monday in left field, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

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Desmond (calf) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

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 home runs for the first time since 2011, stealing fewer than 20 bases for the first time since 2010, and committing an NL-leading 27 errors. Nobody cost themselves more money in 2015 than Desmond, as he ended up having to take a one-year deal with the Rangers to play left field with Josh Hamilton out indefinitely with a knee issue. Fortunately Desmond maintains his shortstop eligibility, but with Hamilton and Nomar Mazara lurking, everyday playing time is not guaranteed throughout the season.

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.