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Ian Desmond | Outfielder | #20

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Ian Desmond connected for his 13th homer on Saturday as his resurgent season rolls on.
Desmond added a single to finish 2-for-5 on the night. Now sporting a .322/.371/.527 slash line with 53 runs, 49 RBI and 13 stolen bases, Desmond is on pace to set career highs in every category across the board. Following last year's terrible results, he is perhaps the biggest draft day steal of the season thus far. Jun 26 - 1:15 AM

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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Monday.

The Rangers won despite being outhit 15-9 (and outwalked 2-1). In fact, the Orioles were the first team this year to collect 15 hits and score as few as three runs. Desmond's homer was the Rangers' lone hit to go for extra bases. His .312 average qualifies as one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season.
Jun 21 - 12:07 AM

Ian Desmond blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning on Tuesday, powering the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Astros.

The two clubs had been locked in a pitcher's duel between Cole Hamels and Dallas Keuchel until Desmond's game-changing blast in the eighth. Desmond finished the night 2-for-4. He has been a tremendous addition to the Rangers offense this season, slashing .310/.354/.489 with eight homers and 37 RBI.
Jun 7 - 11:06 PM

Ian Desmond went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base Friday against the Mariners.

Desmond had three singles and a double. The 30-year-old started the season ice-cold, but he has produced a surprising .303/.351/.483 batting line through 53 games. After a strikeout rate approaching 30 percent from 2014-2015, he's currently closer to around 20 percent, which is what we saw from 2012-2013. That’s a very good thing for fantasy owners.
Jun 3 - 11:48 PM

Ian Desmond doubled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's victory over the Indians.

Desmond's two-run shot two batters into the game proved to be a hint at what was to come for the Rangers' offense, as they pounded out nine runs over the first four innings. The shortstop-turned-left-fielder-turned-center-fielder has been a beast in May, sporting a .345/.371/.527 batting line with three home runs, 18 RBI and six stolen bases.
May 30 - 9:07 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

The dual threat now has nine steals and six home runs on the season. And after hitting .229/.312/.373 in April, Desmond is batting .340 with 12 multi-hit games this month. The strong stretch has his overall line up to a healthy .287/.342/.466 with 26 RBI and 33 runs scored, good for eighth-best in the American League.
May 24 - 11:48 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and drove home four runs on Sunday, leading the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in a wild game that included two bench-clearing altercations and countless ejections.

Desmond delivered an RBI double in the third inning to open the scoring for the Rangers. He then provided the game's biggest blow, tagging Jesse Chavez with a three-run homer in the seventh that gave the Rangers the lead. He's now hitting .264/.333/.457 with five homers and 23 RBI on the season.
May 15 - 7:40 PM

Ian Desmond had a home run and a two-run triple as the Rangers stormed back to edge the White Sox 13-11 on Tuesday.

At the time, Desmond hit a relatively inconsequential solo home run in the seventh inning, his fourth homer of the season. But his two-RBI triple in the eighth was part of a huge seven-run inning that gave the Rangers their decisive lead. Desmond's offensive resurgence continues, as he's now hitting .252/.326/.439 with 17 RBI, 25 runs scored and five steals through 33 games.
May 11 - 1:37 AM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI double in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Angels.

Desmond’s hot hitting continues. The 30-year-old batted just .109 through his first 12 games this season, but he’s hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three home runs, three doubles, and nine RBI over his last 10 games. He has also drawn six walks in that time. Those fantasy owners who were patient are being rewarded.
Apr 29 - 11:42 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

The revitalization of Desmond continues. Left for dead after a terrible start, he's 10-for-25 (.400) with three home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs scored and three steals in his last eight games. His 17 runs scored on the year are third-best in the American League.
Apr 26 - 10:40 PM

Ian Desmond hit a solo home run, stole two bases and scored three runs against the White Sox on Saturday.

Desmond has shown some signs of life lately, homering in two of his last three games and reaching base in seven straight. The walks are an especially promising sign that he's seeing the ball better -- he walked three times Saturday and has nine compared to 18 strikeouts on the year. He'll never hit for a high average, but the power and speed aspects of his game make him a very worthwhile player to own when he's right.
Apr 23 - 7:40 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Astros.

Desmond jump-started the Ranger offense, connecting for a three-run homer off reigning AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was Desmond's first of the 2016 campaign. Through his first 57 at-bats, the 30-year-old is hitting a lackluster .158/.226/.246. Unless he can start hitting more consistently, his fantasy value is limited.
Apr 21 - 10:55 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Rangers' starting lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

Instead, Ryan Rua will get the start in left field and bat sixth. Desmond has been a disaster both offensively and defensively this year. The 30-year-old still offers some fantasy appeal because he's eligible at shortstop in some leagues, but that window of relevance is closing quickly.
Apr 16 - 4:30 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

The three-bagger was Desmond's first of the spring. He has been hitting well on the whole and is now 12-for-31 (.387). The 30-year-old infielder turned outfielder signed a one-year, $8 million congtract with the Rangers at the end of February. Desmond provides a nice mix of power and average when he is going right. He is looking to rebound from a dreadful 2015 campaign which saw him hit just .233/.290/.384 over 583 at-bats.
Mar 23 - 6:45 PM

Ian Desmond had an RBI double in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

Left field is a work in progress for Desmond, but he isn’t having any issues at the plate. The 30-year-old is batting .391 (9-for-23) with a 1.090 OPS this spring. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he still qualifies at shortstop, so there’s some nice bounceback appeal here with a full season in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Mar 18 - 7:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Drew Stubbs
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Nick Martinez
8Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Shawn Tolleson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tony Barnette
7Tanner Scheppers
8Cesar Ramos