Washington Nationals
2014 Avg.
.250
 
Career Avg.
.270
Name  Ian Desmond
Born  9/20/1985
Height  6-2
Weight  210
Number  20
Position  SS
Bats  R
Throws  R
7/13/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: In 37 career at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .405 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Insight: Desmond is also 11-for-35 (.314) with two doubles and two homers in July. He's a viable shortstop option Sunday.
 
7/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch Thursday night and is not in the starting lineup for Friday.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch and left the game.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/4/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 4-for-18 (all singles) in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Desmond is hitting the long ball this season (15 with 51 RBI), but leftover wind from hurricane Arthur will make it tough on right-handers Friday morning. The wind is blowing in from left field at 18 mph. If Desmond isn't hitting homers for you, his fantasy value is limited.
 
6/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-16 in his career versus Cubs Game 2 starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is still hitting the long ball this season (14 with 46 RBI), but his OPS is significantly down from the past two years. He has just three extra-base hits in his last 49 at-bats. Perhaps this matchup will help.
 
Hot6/11/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been crushing the ball lately and owns good career numbers against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Desmond has gone 26-for-96 (.271) with nine home runs and 25 RBI in his last 25 games. He's only hitting .238 on the year but has 13 homers and 42 RBI. He's also 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and a homer in his career against Cain.
 
6/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond crushed his 12th homer of the season Saturday at San Diego.
Insight: Desmond has hit eight jacks in his last 22 games. The shortstop's 11.9 percent line-drive rate is second-worst in baseball and his 16.1 percent infield-fly-ball rate is 16th-worst so he's only hitting .265 on balls in play and .227 overall. However, he's still one of fantasy's best shortstops because the position is so shallow.
 
6/5/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Despite a favorable matchup, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond (career .405 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
 
6/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is a career .405 hitter with five extra=base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
 
6/4/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has struggled in his career against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond owns a .167 average against the right-hander in 12 at bats. Ignore the 11 homers he's hit this season and bench Desmond on Wednesday. This isn't a good matchup for the 28-year-old.
 
Hot5/30/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered again Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: He's hit six of them in his last 16 games. Desmond is only batting .234 this season, but he has 10 dingers.
 
5/6/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 3-for-17 (.143) with three strikeouts in his career against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw (back) will come off the DL to start Tuesday for the first time since March 22. While Desmond was one of the top shortstops in fantasy the last two years, he hasn't had a good season so far. He's hitting .236 with four home runs and 36 strikeouts in 136 plate appearances.
 
5/3/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 1-for-10 in his career against A.J. Burnett.
Insight: The one hit was only a single. This matchup isn't an inviting one and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help on Saturday.
 
Hot4/10/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the season and drove in four runs Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Desmond hit .286 with an average of 22 homers, 76 RBI, 74 runs and 21 steals in the previous two seasons and he's well on his way toward reaching those numbers again.
 
Hot9/1/2013 9:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit .358 with four home runs and a .968 OPS in his final 20 games of August, so even with Jon Niese on the mound Sunday for the Mets fantasy owners should leave Desmond in the lineup.
Insight: Desmond is 2-for-14 (.143) lifetime against Niese, but his current hot streak takes precedence over that.
 
Hot8/29/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 11-for-22 with two homers over his last five games.
Insight: With 19 homers, 64 RBI, 65 runs, 18 steals and a .283 average, Desmond's numbers are pretty close to where they were last season, albeit slightly down in all five categories.
 
8/25/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a home run Saturday night at Kansas City.
Insight: Desmond has been dealing with some back soreness, but he is hitting .400 over his last four games.
 
8/22/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in the lineup Thursday afternoon due to back stiffness.
Insight: Desmond talked his way into the lineup Wednesday night but he'll get Thursday's day game off.
 
8/21/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said earlier Wednesday that Ian Desmond was scratched from the lineup due to back discomfort, but the shortstop is in the lineup after all.
Insight: Desmond started at shortstop and hit sixth against the Chicago Cubs. He's hitting .274 with 17 homers, 59 RBI, 60 runs and 16 steals this season.