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20 Ian Desmond SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 9/20/1985 | Birthplace: Sarasota, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/70 | Average Draft Position: 61.29
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Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in third straight game Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the third straight day on Saturday. Desmond went 2 for 4 with the two-run shot in the 9-3 win over the Pirates.

Desmond has now gone deep in three straight games and four times in his last six contests.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond goes deep in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond continued to crawl out of his season-long slump on Friday. Desmond went 1 for 3 in the 7-5 loss to the Pirates. The one hit was a solo home run in the sixth inning, tying the game at 5-5. 

The home run was Desmond's 10th of the year and the third in his last five games. He is 8 for 16 with five RBI over those five contests. He still owns a disppointing .218 average on the year, however.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond continues to come alive with two hits


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) A miserable 3-for-44 slump is becoming more and more a distant memory for Nationals shorstop Ian Desmond, thanks to some fine hitting lately.

Desmond was the lone bright light at the plate for his team Thursday in Pittsburgh with two hits, including a single and two-run homer in the ninth. He now has nine home runs on the season, including two in the last four games. He also has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond smacked his eighth home run of the season during Monday's 7-2 win over the Mets.

Desmond hit the two-run shot off Alex Torres in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Prior to Monday's game, Desmond was hitting .068 with one triple and one RBI in his last 13 games.


Nationals GM expecting Ian Desmond to bounce back in 2nd half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond did not have a banner first half offensively, as he hit .211 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 84 games. He certainly wasn't close to the offensive threat he had been the previous three seasons.

Despite a rough first half, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is confident the 29-year-old shortstop, who will be a free agent after the season, will bounce back in the second half.

“I expect him to be Ian Desmond,” Rizzo said, per The Washington Post. “He’s our shortstop, he’s gonna be our shortstop. He’s a leader of the ballclub. He’s a three-time Silver Slugger that we think he’s going to be Ian Desmond in the second half. He’s got a great attitude, a great work ethic.

"For a guy who has struggled like he has, he still comes to the ballpark with a smile every day and a bounce in his step. The one thing that he gives, not only Matt Williams but me, is that he plays every day. We know who our shortstop is every given day and that’s an important component to his skillset.

“He’s a proven player. You know, I always look at the back of the baseball cards and figure out what kind of player they’re going to be. I think that you see what Desi’s numbers are now, what they should be and I see him ascending to reach those numbers in the second half.”


Nationals' Ian Desmond not starting Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) With the Nationals giving shortstop Ian Desmond the day off Thursday, the team turned to infielder Danny Espinosa to start at shortstop and bat second at Atlanta, reports MASNsports.com.

Desmond is hitting .158 with two home runs and five RBI in his last 10 games. He was given the day off Thursday to correct a mechanical flaw in his swing. 

"We're trying to create a little bit of different muscle memory," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "I think he's back to where he wants to be with regard to where his hands are when he starts [his swing], which will allow him to have a better path to the baseball.

"So today we're giving him a day because he's working extra. Today is a day for him to get that work done."

The Nationals are favored (-180) at Atlanta on Thursday.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond hits two-run blast in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

The home run, which came in the fourth inning off Phillies starter Severini Gonzalez, was Desmond's seventh of the season. He finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI.

Over his last five games, Desmond is hitting .278 with two home runs and five RBI.


Jose Lobaton replaces Wilson Ramos in Nationals' skeleton lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos gets a rest on Saturday as Jose Lobaton gets the start behind the plate. 

Lobaton starts for the 18th time and second time in the last nine games. 

With the lineup shuffling resulting from three other Nationals players sitting out due to injury, Saturday's lineup features just one regular --shortstop Ian Desmond


Nationals SS Ian Desmond pops two-run home run on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond broke out of his prolonged slump in a big way on Thursday. Desmond went 2 for 4, including a two-run home run, his sixth of the year, in the second inning of the 6-0 victory over the Braves. It was his first home run since June 7.

Desmond, who also scored twice, had been hitting a lowly .108 (4 for 37) with 16 strikeouts over his previous 10 games entering play on Thursday. 

"He stayed on a fastball away and hit it over the fence," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "I'm happy for him that he was able to hit that homer. The ball back through the middle are really good signs. It means he's staying on it and seeing it good. I hope that'll get him hot and get him rolling."


Nationals bench Ian Desmond again Tuesday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Scuffling Nationals third baseman Ian Desmond has been given Tuesday night off against Atlanta. It marks his second benching in the last four games and third in the last 11 after he had started every previous game this season.

Matt Williams has stated that Desmond was benched Tuesday because he didn't get as much of a chance to sit over the weekend.

Desmond has shown signs of emerging from his slump with four hits in his last five games. But he is batting .118 (6-for-51) since June 6.


Yunel Escobar scratched from Nationals' lineup with illness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Third baseman Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup on Saturday. 

Escobar was suffering from a stomach bug. He was replaced in the lineup by Ian Desmond


Nationals' Danny Espinosa replaces Ian Desmond at shortstop


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop for the second straight game. Espinosa is in the Nationals' lineup, replacing Ian Desmond

Espinosa has started two previous games at short, the only two games that Desmond has missed this season. 


Nationals still-slumping SS Ian Desmond gets rare break Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The Nationals have benched shortstop Ian Desmond for the second time all year - and second time in 10 games - Friday night against Pittsburgh.

Desmond appeared to be emerging from a long slump with three hits in two games, but an 0-for-4 performance Thursday set him back and weakened his slash line to .224/.269/.346.

Matt Williams said he is merely giving Desmond some rest and might even sit him again Saturday, per the Washington Post.

"The last day off he had, he refused to rest. Took extra batting practice. Back to the grind," Williams said. "I want him to rest. Take a blow. He’s been an everyday player for a long, long time. Things have not been good for him so far this season. There’s a bunch of baseball left. I want him to rest and relax, freshen up a little bit and get back at it."

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His slugging percentage is 84 points under what he achieved in 2014. He also has just 18 RBI in 67 games compared to 91 in 154 games last season.


Nationals' Ian Desmond trying to stay upbeat amid hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond said he is working hard to emerge from a hitting slump. Desmond, who was moved to ninth in the batting order Monday against the Rays, is mired in a 6-for-60 slump in his last 16 games.

"We are [a game and a half] back. If anything is bothering me, it's that I'm not doing the things I can do to help the team," Desmond said, per MLB.com. "I want to come out and be a threat like I've been over the last three years.

"When guys are throwing 90-mph fastballs right down the middle … I'm not able to pull the trigger, or I'm swinging at sliders in the dirt and not hitting balls I can hit. That's what's on my mind. … That's the mental grind. I've been in this situation. It's tough, but I've been through a lot of rain storms, and every time, they brought sun.

"I'm going to stick with that. I just know at the end of the day, after game 162 and beyond, I'm going to be where I need to be. But right now, the sun will come out."

While Desmond is struggling offensively, he has been sharp on defense, according to manager Matt Williams.

"He is catching everything, which is great," Williams said. "He is not taking any issue he has at the plate to his defense, which he never does really. He is a pro. I just hope to get him going. When he gets going, it's special. He works hard, and he is attentive every single day. Hopefully, a different spot in the lineup will get his timing back and get his confidence going. A couple of knocks won't hurt that."


Nationals drop struggling Ian Desmond to ninth in batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was dropped to ninth in the batting order for Monday's game at Tampa Bay. It was the first time all season he hit lower than seventh and the 12th time in his career he started a game in the ninth spot in the lineup.

Desmond doesn't have a great track record batting ninth. He is batting just .143 with no extra-base hits and three RBI in 22 career games batting ninth.

Desmond is having a rough month offensively. He is batting .125 with one double, one home run, two RBI and 20 strikeouts in 12 June games.


SS Ian Desmond back in lineup for Nationals on Friday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season on Thursday, returns to short and will hit seventh against the Brewers on Friday. 

Desmond's day off was perhaps an opportunity to clear his mind, as the veteran has been scuffling at the plate and in the field. He's batting just .128 over his past 10 games and committed a critical error three games ago, his 14th of the season.

Desmond is hitting just .237 this season, with five home runs and 17 RBIs, numbers that are way off his production of the last three seasons. 


Nationals' Ian Desmond has day off, Danny Espinosa in at SS


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Against the Brewers Thursday night, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will not be in the starting lineup for the first time this season. 

Desmond has started all 59 games up until this point and is likely just receiving a day off. However, he's batting just .128 over his past 10 games and did have a critical error two games ago. Replacing him at shortstop will be Danny Espinosa

Espinosa, conversely, has been hot of late. In his past five games, he's hitting .429 with two home runs and three doubles. 


Nationals SS Ian Desmond nails fifth homer Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has a long way to go to get on pace to equal his typical home run totals, but he took a step in the right direction Sunday.

He blasted his fifth, a two-run shot in the second inning off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, to give his team a 2-1 lead. It was his first homer since May 20.

Desmond, who has averaged 23 home runs over the past three seasons, has just five hits in his last 35 at-bats.


Nationals drop Ian Desmond to sixth in batting order Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) With the return of Anthony Rendon on Thursday, the Nationals dropped shortstop Ian Desmond to sixth in the order for Thursday's game against the Cubs, the team announced.

Desmond had been hitting in the two hole for the last 16 games and has hit there a total of 30 times this season. He will face Jake Arrieta, who he is 4 for 13 with one home run against in his career. Over his last five games, Desmond is hitting .105 with no home runs or RBI.

The Nationals are favored (-111) over the Cubs on Thursday.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond extends hitting streak to 12 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Cubs. The three-hit performance pushes his current hitting streak up to 12 games.

During the 12-game streak, Desmond is batting .347 (17 for 49) with six doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. After getting off to a rather slow start, the hitting streak has lifted his season batting average up from .225 to .257.


Nationals' Ian Desmond belts fourth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Desmond did his damage in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Adam Warren to center field, his fourth of the season. Desmond, who also struck out twice, is now hitting .244 with 12 RBI in 164 at-bats this season.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond knocks first-inning homer in Tuesday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Shortstop Ian Desmond delivered a first-inning home run Tuesday to help get the Nationals past the Yankees.

Desmond also added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Nationals' Ian Desmond not worried about slow start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has posted a career-low .618 OPS in 2015, but he isn't worried about his slow start, the Washington Post reports.

"I’ve never been someone to set the world on fire early in the season," Desmond said.  "… I feel good. Obviously the numbers aren’t there but I’m a contact hitter. I’ve never been one to walk my way on base. When you’re not getting hits, the numbers aren’t going to be there."

Desmond is just 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts in his last six games.

"For me, in recent days, it’s pitch selection," manager Matt Williams said. "Balls down in the zone that you can’t elevate. That’s why the ball goes on the ground. There was a couple of balls in Arizona that I thought he hit well. … But for Ian, it’s pitch selection. If he stays off the ball that’s up and the ball that’s down, and gets a good one to hit, he has success. That comes quickly, too. A valuable part of our team. He’ll be in there day in and day out, and at some point it’s going to turn. And it’ll turn big for him."

Desmond has hit just .225/.277/.341 with two home runs and seven RBI while producing a career-high groundball rate and a career-low flyball rate.


Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Denard Span, Ian Desmond do top of Nationals lineup proud


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bryce Harper was the undisputed hero for the Nationals in their Wednesday win over Miami. After all, he slammed three home runs.

But table setters Denard Span and Ian Desmond also played a role. Both slammed two hits and scored twice. Span singled twice while Desmond doubled and singled.

Span's hits pushed him over the .300 mark for the season.