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Ian M. Desmond

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Ian Desmond was signed by the Montreal Expos and scout Russ Bove as a 3rd round pick in the 2004 amateur draft.

Desmond had a major league debut for the ages playing for the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 10, 2009. He went 2 for 4, hitting his first major league home run and adding a double and 4 RBI to lead his team to an 8-7 win over the defending World Champions. For good measure, he was 4 for 4 with two more doubles against Florida in his next game two days later, giving him a batting average of .750 and a slugging percentage of 1.500 after two games in the big leagues. He finished his first major league stint with a .280/.318/.561 batting line, 7 doubles and 4 homers for a 128 OPS+

He earned the starting job at shortstop for the Nationals in spring training in 2010. He had a very solid rookie season, playing 154 games with a .269/.308/.392 line, 27 doubles and 10 homers. He led 2010 NL shortstops in putouts (221) and errors (34, 7 more than runner-up Starlin Castro) while tying Ronny Cedeno for 4th in assists (382). In 2011, he played another 154 games, but his average fell to .253, his OBP to .298 and his slugging to .358. He scored more runs than in his rookie year, 65 to 59, but drove in fewer (49 against 65 the previous season). He hit another 27 doubles, but with only 8 homers. After stealing 17 bases as a rookie, he swiped 25 as a sophomore while being caught 10 times. He cut his error total to 23, second behind Castro in the 2011 NL. He was also second to Castro in assists (446-437) and third in putouts (226, a higher total than 2010, when he had led the league).

Desmond had an excellent first half as the Nationals' starting shortstop in 2012, hitting .285 with 24 doubles and 17 homers, scoring 56 runs and driving in 51. On June 5, he had a game to remember, driving in the tying run in the 8th, 10th and 12th in a win over the Mets;l it had been 46 years since the last player (Art Shamsky) to have 3 game-tying or go-ahead RBI after the 8th inning in a contest. He was less publicized than teammates Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, but just as big a reason for the team standing in first place at the season's mid-point. He was named to the All-Star team for the first time as a result (he did not play in the contest, a 8-0 NL win), but suffered a lingering oblique injury around that time, that he tried to play through. After he missed a few games as his condition failed to improve, the Nationals elected to place him on the disabled list on July 22nd.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (2012)
  • 2-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2012 & 2013)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2012 & 2013)

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