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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 doubled and launched a grand slam in Thursday's win over the Marlins.
Desmond's eighth inning salami broke the game open after the contest had been close all day. It was the Nationals' second eighth-inning grand slam in as many days, as Jayson Werth did the same thing Wednesday. Werth also homered again Thursday with a two-run shot. Apr 10 - 7:06 PM

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Ian Desmond hit a game-winning home run in the seventh inning to give the Nationals a 2-1 win over the Braves on Sunday.

Desmond's second home run of the season, a solo shot off Braves starter Alex Wood to lead off the seventh, was the deciding factor in the low-scoring affair. It was his only hit of the day. The talented shortstop is batting .250 with three RBI for the year.
Apr 6 - 4:52 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Braves.

The double was actually ruled an inside-the-park home run initially, as Justin Upton didn't play the ball when it got stuck under the fence and Desmond didn't stop running. However, after a replay the ruling was changed. Desmond is hitting .235/.222/.471 in the early going this season.
Apr 4 - 4:19 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 against the Mets on Wednesday, blasting his first home run of the season.

Desmond took Bartolo Colon deep for a solo homer in the fifth inning. The shortstop has been a leading offensive performer at his position in each of the last two seasons and showed he is planning for a third year with Wednesday's display of power. Jimmy Rollins and Hanley Ramirez are the only other shortstops to have hit at least 20 home runs and to have stolen at least 20 bases in a season since the start of 2010.
Apr 2 - 10:41 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Ian Desmond rejected an offer from the Nationals of a multi-year contract extension worth a reported $90 million.

The offer was believed to be for up to seven years, which would have covered the last two years of Desmond's arbitration and five years on the open market. While it's unknown why he turned down the offer, Heyman notes that he could be seeking something closer to the eight-year $120 million that Elvis Andrus received from the Rangers.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 23 - 10:03 PM

Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer in Thursday's victory.

It looks like manager Matt Williams will follow through on the idea of batting Desmond second. Desmond doesn't project as one of the team's better OBP guys, but he's a speedy middle infielder and managers figure they can never go wrong by batting those kinds of guys second. Desmond, who has three homers and four steals this spring, could be a stellar fantasy shortstop while hitting second full-time. He'd just probably help the Nationals more while batting fifth.
Mar 20 - 4:15 PM

Ian Desmond (finger) is expected to return to the Nationals starting lineup on Sunday.

The 28-year-old shortstop has been bothered by a sore finger, but it's believed to be only a minor issue. He'd had a strong spring to this point, hitting .286 (6-for-21) with two homers, three RBI and four steals in eight games.
Mar 15 - 11:34 AM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-3 with a homer and a double against the Braves on Tuesday.

Desmond was hitting second today. He's also spent time batting in the middle of the order this spring. Fifth or sixth is probably where he belongs, given his power and unexceptional (though still solid) on-base percentages. However, because he's a middle infielder and he's pretty fast, there's a good chance Matt Williams will have him batting second to begin the year.
Mar 4 - 5:15 PM

Nationals avoided arbitration with SS Ian Desmond by agreeing to a two-year, $17.5 million contract.

The deal buys out Desmond's final two years of arbitration eligibility. The Nationals have had talks with their shortstop about a long-term deal, but the two sides will settle for the two-year pact for the time being.
Jan 17 - 1:34 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche (biceps), Denard Span and Wilson Ramos are also resting on the final day. Anthony Rendon is sliding over to third base while Steve Lombardozzi handles second.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Ian Desmond (hamstring) is in the Nationals' lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with Atlanta.

Desmond also played in Game 1, but he has been experiencing hamstring tightness so there was some thought that he'd have to sit out the nightcap. The Nationals are going with an all-hands-on-deck approach as they look to capture one of the NL Wild Card spots.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Ian Desmond is dealing with some hamstring tightness.

Desmond is in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but it's possible he might sit out the nightcap. However, it doesn't sound like a major concern.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with double, triple, stolen base, two RBI and a run scored in the Nationals' 6-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Desmond broke out as a potential fantasy force last season. He's not hitting for quite as much power this year, but has kept the same torrid pace in all other facets. The 27-year-old is batting .285 with 20 homers, 71 RBI, 72 runs and 19 steals.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Ian Desmond had a forgettable evening in Friday’s loss to the Marlins, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

On a night where the entire Nationals offense was thoroughly dominated by opposing starter Jose Fernandez, Desmond seemed particularly inept. Despite the rough night, Desmond is having another terrific all around season, hitting .283/.336/.472 with 20 homers, 69 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 09:45:00 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in the Nationals' 4-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Desmond collected three singles, with his final hit bringing in the game-winning run in the seventh inning. The run batted in was his 64th RBI of the year, and he also stole his 18th base in the game. He's now hitting .283/.336/.476 for the season.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 12:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Adam LaRoche
2Kevin Frandsen
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Zach Walters
LF1Bryce Harper
2Tyler Moore
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Steven Souza
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Jordan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Blake Treinen
8Erik Davis
9Ross Ohlendorf