Desmond
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.233
HR
19
RBI
59
R
61
SB
13
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
You can’t hit a grounder over the fence, even in Coors Field. You can’t hit anything over the fence if you’re on the disabled list. Desmond’s Rockies debut was delayed until late April after his left hand was fractured by a pitch early in spring trai... read more
You can’t hit a grounder over the fence, even in Coors Field. You can’t hit anything over the fence if you’re on the disabled list. Desmond’s Rockies debut was delayed until late April after his left hand was fractured by a pitch early in spring training. He spent two weeks on the DL in early June with a calf injury and aggravated it a little over a week after his return, costing him an additional month. All told, Desmond played in 95 contests, mostly in the outfield, but enough at first base to gain dual eligibility. When healthy, 62.7 percent of his batted balls were grounders, all but mitigating the advantage of playing at altitude. Desmond maintained a high BABIP, fueling a respectable .274 average, which he parlayed into 15 steals. Entering 2018, Desmond is expected to play every day. Expect a fantasy-friendly average and stolen base total, along with runs and possibly 20-something homers if he can get more loft on the ball.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 185 lbs.    DOB: 9/20/1985    Drafted: 3rd Rd in 2004Show Contract
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Ian Desmond Contract Info:
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.
Hits bench vs. Astros
OFColorado Rockies
August 14, 2018
Desmond is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports.
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Vs. Today's Pitcher
Ian Desmond Vs Pitcher Stats
  • AB:
    12
  • H:
    3
  • 2B:
    0
  • 3B:
    0
  • HR:
    1
  • RBI:
    1
  • BB:
    2
  • K:
    5
  • SB:
    1
  • CS:
    0
  • HBP:
    1
  • SF:
    0
  • AVG:
    .250
  • OBP:
    .400
  • SLG:
    .500
  • OPS:
    .900
2018 Stat Review for Ian Desmond
0.34 BB/K
WEAK
8.4 % BB Rate
AVERAGE
25.0 % K Rate
POOR
0.740 OPS
WEAK
0.305 OBP
POOR
0.233 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.274 BABIP
LOW
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  1. Ian Desmond 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Ian Desmond 2017 Preseason 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 BABIP may seem like an outlier, but his career .326 clip on balls in play and another year with a high groundball rate say it wasn't. Desmond's landing spot in free agency was ideal, too, as his floor has stabilized with the move to Colorado while his ceiling is higher than it's ever been. Unfortunately, he's lost shortstop eligibility in most formats and it's uncertain if he'll ever regain it as the Rockies are planning to play him primarily at first base. There is a lot to like here from a fantasy perspective -- a high-average, 20-20 season would easily put him among the top 100 earners by season's end -- but a fractured hand suffered in spring training puts long odds on a 20-20 season.
  3. Ian Desmond 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Ian Desmond 2015 Preseason 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 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.
  5. Ian Desmond 2014 Preseason 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 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?
  6. Ian Desmond 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Ian Desmond 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Ian Desmond 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Ian Desmond 2010 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Ian Desmond 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Hits bench vs. Astros
OFColorado Rockies
August 14, 2018
Desmond is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports.
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Out again Wednesday
OFColorado Rockies
August 8, 2018
Desmond is out of the lineup versus the Pirates on Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Gets breather against Pittsburgh
OFColorado Rockies
August 7, 2018
Desmond is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
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Rare day off Sunday
OFColorado Rockies
July 29, 2018
Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Fills stat sheet
OFColorado Rockies
July 21, 2018
Desmond went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, an RBI and a stolen base against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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