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Ian Desmond | First Baseman | #20

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Ian Desmond hit a ninth-inning homer to help give the Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Nationals on Sunday.
Desmond's homer came off of Washington closer Sean Doolittle, and it was the fourth homer of the game for the powerful Colorado lineup. It was the only hit of the game for the former National, and outside of the power, he's off to a very slow start on the season. This was a nice moment, however. Apr 15 - 4:55 PM

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Ian Desmond is starting at first base and batting fifth for the Rockies in Friday's game against the Braves.

Desmond has made a couple starts in left field, but each of his last four starts have come at first base. Ryan McMahon has made just one start at first to this point.
Apr 6 - 11:48 AM

Ian Desmond finished Wednesday's game at San Diego with a pair of singles and two RBI across four at-bats.

Desmond missed a huge chunk of last season due to a fractured left hand, but he is showing that even at 32 years old he can still put up huge numbers. He has two homers with seven RBI, including three multi-RBI games over his past four outings. Desmond is doing work at the plate and he hasn't even been home in the rarefied air of Coors Field yet. He'll get his first opportunity to hit at home Friday against Atlanta after Thursday's series finale in San Diego.
Apr 5 - 2:43 AM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a homer on Monday in a victory over the Padres.

The homer was Desmond's second of the season, and it was off of San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell in the fifth. He also doubled off of Mitchell, and has a robust .867 slugging percentage to begin the season. Coming off a disappointing 2017, Desmond is a rebound candidate, but you have to be aware that Ryan McMahon and the rest of the strong Colorado bench are out to take at-bats away from him if there's a semblance of a struggle. The best thing Desmond has going for him is his bad contract could make the Rockies more patient than they should be.
Apr 3 - 1:49 AM

Ian Desmond (knee) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Monday against the Padres.

Desmond sat out of Saturday's series finale against the Diamondbacks due to some mild soreness in his right knee. He will start at first base and bat fifth Monday versus San Diego right-hander Bryan Mitchell. Ryan McMahon is on the bench.
Apr 2 - 6:45 PM

Ian Desmond left Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks with right knee soreness.

The Rockies are calling him day-to-day. Desmond went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting in the seventh inning. Ryan McMahon finished the game at first base and could start there on Sunday if Desmond needs the day off.
Mar 31 - 11:22 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Diamondbacks.

The homer was an opposite field shot. With southpaws on the hill for Arizona, Desmond has played first base in each of the first two games this season. We should see rookie Ryan McMahon at first base on Saturday with right-hander Zack Greinke on the hill for Arizona. Desmond and Gerardo Parra will share playing time in left field on the days that McMahon plays first base. Parra also homered against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Mar 31 - 2:00 AM

Ian Desmond slugged two solo homers in the second inning of Friday’s 18-6 blowout win over the Angels in Cactus League action.

Well, that’s one way to bust out of a slump. He led off the second by taking Shohei Ohtani deep before connecting for another one against Tyler Warmoth later on in the marathon frame. Keep in mind that Desmond came into Friday’s action just 3-for-31 (.097) with 16 strikeouts this spring. He could use some more days like this to remove any doubt about his standing going into the season.
Mar 16 - 8:37 PM

Ian Desmond went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Friday versus the Indians.

Desmond is in quite the rut to begin the spring, going 1-for-19 (.053) with eight strikeouts. He still has time to get on track before Opening Day, but it’s fair to wonder if he could lose some at-bats if the slow start carries over to the regular season. The Rockies have a lot of choices.
Mar 9 - 10:37 PM

Ian Desmond indicated Sunday that he's been told he'll be playing "mostly left field" this spring.

"I will be ready to play first base if they need me to, but right now, from what I understand it’s going to be mostly left field," Desmond said. It's good news for the fantasy prospects of Ryan McMahon, who appears pegged for the first base job at the moment. Of course, the Rockies haven't ruled out a reunion with Mark Reynolds, so we can't lock in McMahon just yet. Desmond seeing more time at first base would free up playing time in the outfield for Raimel Tapia and/or David Dahl.
Feb 18 - 12:50 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Diamondbacks.

With Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona, the Rockies will instead start Gerardo Parra in left field. It's only 22 at-bats of sample size, but in his career against Greinke, Desmond has just a .273 OPS. Let's also remember that he was given a $70 million dollar contract this offseason, and isn't playing in the biggest game for the Rockies in quite some time. He could be one of the first bats off the bench, however.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 04:04:00 PM

Ian Desmond finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in the Rockies' win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Desmond opened the game's scoring with a three-run shot off Marlins starter Adam Conley in the bottom of the second before adding an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. The 32-year-old has been a big disappointment in the first year of his five-year, $70 million free agent agreement with Colorado, but it looks like the Rockies are headed to the postseason and Desmond will have an opportunity to flip the script.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 06:58:00 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Padres.

Six homers in 313 at-bats isn't what anyone was expecting from Desmond this year. The Rockies have kept playing him regularly, hoping for some kind of pay off. He hasn't been able to string together more than a couple of good games in a row, but the Rockies will just keep their fingers crossed.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 01:41:00 AM

Ian Desmond finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's game in San Francisco.

Desmond posted just his second multi-hit game over the past 18 outings. He entered the game hitting .196 (9-for-46) with two RBI and 13 strikeouts in the month of September, but he has hit safely in five of the past six and might be showing signs of turning things around.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 03:49:00 AM

Ian Desmond is absent from the Rockies' lineup Monday.

Desmond has hit only .211/.302/.237 in 11 games since returning from the disabled list while seeing starts at three different positions. The Rockies have Gerardo Parra in left field and Mark Reynolds at first base Monday.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 07:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Tony Wolters
1B1Ian Desmond
2Ryan McMahon
2B1DJ LeMahieu
SS1Trevor Story
2Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Gerardo Parra
CF1Charlie Blackmon
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Mike Tauchman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Gray
2Tyler Anderson
3Chad Bettis
4German Marquez
5Kyle Freeland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Jake McGee
3Bryan Shaw
4Adam Ottavino
5Chris Rusin
6Mike Dunn
7Scott Oberg
8Antonio Senzatela
9Carlos Estevez
10Zac Rosscup
11Rayan Gonzalez