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Ian Desmond | Shortstop

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ian Desmond had three singles and four RBI against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Desmond is getting about as many chances to drive in runs as anyone in the majors, and he's taking advantage, with 77 RBI through 122 games. His career high is 80, established last year. Overall, he's not hitting as well this year as he did either of the last two years -- his average currently stands at .251 after seasons of .292 and .280 -- but he's been an awfully valuable fantasy shortstop, particularly since he's the one that's managed to stay healthy. Aug 19 - 10:30 PM

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Ian Desmond hit his 20th home run of the season in the Nationals' 7-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

Desmond chased Rafael Montero from the game when he lifted a two-run home run out to left field. Desmond joins the 20-homer club for the third consecutive season. Overall, though, his numbers this season are a step behind those of the past two seasons. He has a .244/.298/.428 line with 72 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Aug 12 - 10:59 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez both cleared revocable waivers.

It's a little surprising that both players passed through unclaimed, but it's not like the contending Nationals are interested in dealing either of them. For what it's worth, both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were claimed before being pulled back by Washington. It's standard practice for teams to put most of their players on revocable waivers in August, so this ultimately isn't a big deal.

Ian Desmond belted his 19th home run of the season on Sunday, but it would account for the Nationals only scoring in a losing effort against the Braves.

His solo blast in the fourth inning was the only damage against opposing starter Alex Wood. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .244/.296/.422 with 19 homers, 70 RBI and 13 stolen bases on the year.
Aug 10 - 11:26 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and a walk against the Mets on Thursday.

The homer was just Desmond's second since the All-Star break, but he still ranks second at the position for the year with 18 bombs (Troy Tulowitzki's 21 lead the way). No other shortstop has more than 15 (Jhonny Peralta, Jimmy Rollins).
Aug 7 - 5:19 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Desmond's second inning RBI single was the only offense that the Nationals could muster, as Roberto Hernandez held the lineup to five hits in eight innings. Desmond's only hitting .250, but he now has 65 RBI, a great number from the shortstop position. On the season he has a slash line of .250/.302/.429.
Aug 1 - 10:13 PM

Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 with his 17th homer in the Nationals' 7-2 defeat of the Rockies on Monday.

It was his second career five-hit game, the other coming against the Mets in Sept. 2011. He raised his average from .243 to .253, which is the highest it's been since way back on April 12. He's now driven in runs in five straight games and collected a total of 16 RBI in his last 15 games.
Jul 22 - 12:29 AM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to action Saturday.

Desmond sat out Friday after leaving Thursday game when he was hit on the right hand by a pitch, but he'll be fine. The Nationals' shortstop is batting .243/.294/.431 for the season.
Jul 13 - 3:56 AM

Ian Desmond (hand) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

X-rays on Desmond's right hand came back negative, but he's still a little sore. The Nats are hoping that he'll be ready to go on Saturday. Danny Espinosa is at shortstop Friday.
Jul 11 - 3:38 PM

X-rays on Ian Desmond's right hand came back clean.

Desmond had to leave Thursday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but it appears he's dodged a bullet. He could sit out a game or two due to soreness, but the shortstop will avoid the disabled list.
Jul 10 - 10:06 PM

Ian Desmond exited Thursday's game against the Orioles after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Desmond initially stayed in the game and tried to play defense the next inning, but he felt too much pain while making warm-up throws. The shortstop figures to undergo an X-ray to make sure he didn't break anything.
Jul 10 - 9:43 PM

Ian Desmond blasted a solo home run, his only hit in four at-bats, as the Nationals won by a 6-2 margin over the Orioles on Wednesday.

Desmond's fourth-inning homer padded the Nats' lead to 4-1 at the time. The shortstop has been swinging the bat better since a late-June slump. He has a .240/.291/.427 slash line with 16 home runs and 54 RBI on the season.
Jul 9 - 10:41 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Desmond had hit the skids offensively, posting a .467 OPS in the 11 games since his last home run. He busted out of the slump, driving in a run with a single in the fourth to cap off a three-run inning, then breaking a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the seventh. The shortstop now has 15 home runs and 51 RBI, but a mediocre .236/.288/.425 slash line.
Jul 2 - 9:34 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-7 with a stolen base in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Brewers.

Desmond also struck out three times in the game, giving him 92 strikeouts in 292 at-bats this year. The stolen base was his seventh of the year and his second in as many games as he's tried to make up for his offensive shortcomings with some additional speed. Desmond is batting just .236/.293/.425 but with a useful 14 homers on the year.
Jun 25 - 1:39 AM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and five RBI in Monday's win over the Giants.

Don't look now, but Desmond is coming on strong. He's got six extra-base hits -- three homers -- and 10 RBI over his past six games. Owners wish he would make more contact (.238 batting average; career mark of .270) and start running more (four steals; three straight years with at least 20), but nobody will argue if he finishes with 34 homers and 100 RBI. He's on pace to do so after never finishing with more than 25 long flies or 80 RBI.
Jun 10 - 1:57 AM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
3Michael Taylor
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
7Taylor Jordan
Relief Pitcher
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis