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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 3152 .270 .317 .431 .269 14.3
Birth Date9-20-1985
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 WAS 23 21 89 82 9 23 7 2 4 46 5 14 0 1 1 12 1 0 .280 .318 .561 .292 6.4 -1.3 0.5
2010 WAS 24 154 574 525 59 141 27 4 10 206 28 109 5 7 9 65 17 5 .269 .308 .392 .262 24.7 -7.7 1.8
2011 WAS 25 154 639 584 65 148 27 5 8 209 35 139 4 5 11 49 25 10 .253 .298 .358 .248 21.7 -3.6 1.9
2012 WAS 26 130 547 513 72 150 33 2 25 262 30 113 3 1 0 73 21 6 .292 .335 .511 .286 32.1 -15.0 1.8
2013 WAS 27 158 655 600 77 168 38 3 20 272 43 145 5 5 2 80 21 6 .280 .331 .453 .273 29.6 5.0 3.8
2014 WAS 28 154 648 593 73 151 26 3 24 255 46 183 6 3 0 91 24 5 .255 .313 .430 .273 36.4 4.0 4.5
Career771315228973557811581991125018770323222337010932.270.317.431.269150.8-18.614.3

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 VER A- 4 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SAV A 73 320 .223 .265 .338 .400 .267 .292 100 -9.9 7.3 3.3 -3.1 3.6 2.5 -0.1 2.5 -0.1
2005 POT A+ 55 248 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 POT A+ 92 408 .238 .256 .335 .387 .252 .287 101 -8.7 10.5 4.7 -12.4 1.1 8.4 -0.4 8.4 -0.4
2006 HAR AA 37 132 .168 .250 .325 .386 .264 .239 104 -10.9 3.2 1.5 -4.7 -0.4 -7.1 -1.2 -7.1 -1.2
2007 POT A+ 129 536 .275 .263 .337 .393 .257 .307 102 8.8 16.4 7.4 8.8 -3.0 28.9 3.7 28.9 3.7
2008 HAR AA 93 364 .239 .270 .343 .416 .261 .289 106 -8.4 10.7 4.9 1.9 -0.4 3.1 0.5 3.1 0.5
2008 NAT Rk 3 13 .291 .248 .345 .344 .251 .455 104 0.5 0.4 0.2 -0.7 -0.3 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2009 WAS MLB 21 89 .292 .255 .324 .398 .256 .292 95 3.1 2.6 0.8 -1.3 -0.0 6.4 0.5 6.4 0.5
2009 HAR AA 42 189 .309 .267 .338 .405 .270 .368 96 9.5 5.2 2.4 0.4 -1.7 15.8 1.7 15.8 1.7
2009 SYR AAA 55 205 .304 .258 .326 .384 .244 .413 110 9.7 5.9 2.7 -1.9 2.4 21.5 1.9 21.5 1.9
2010 WAS MLB 154 574 .262 .256 .321 .396 .264 .317 92 1 15.8 7.2 -7.7 1.6 24.7 1.8 24.7 1.8
2011 WAS MLB 154 639 .248 .253 .315 .391 .260 .317 97 -7.8 17.2 7.9 -3.6 4.8 21.7 1.9 21.7 1.9
2012 WAS MLB 130 547 .286 .253 .315 .400 .258 .332 101 14.3 15.0 6.9 -15.0 0.8 32.1 1.8 32.1 1.8
2013 WAS MLB 158 655 .273 .252 .312 .391 .256 .336 103 7.9 17.2 7.9 5.0 0.2 29.6 3.8 29.6 3.8
2014 WAS MLB 154 648 .273 .248 .309 .377 .259 .326 99 7.6 16.7 7.7 4.0 1.8 36.4 4.5 36.4 4.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 VER A- 13 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 .250 .308 .500 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SAV A 320 37 73 10 2 4 23 13 60 20 6 .247 .288 .334 .088 .223 2.5 -3.1 -0.1
2005 POT A+ 248 37 56 13 3 3 15 21 53 13 6 .256 .320 .384 .128 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HAR AA 132 8 22 4 1 0 3 5 35 4 1 .182 .205 .231 .050 .168 -7.1 -4.7 -1.2
2006 POT A+ 408 50 89 20 2 9 45 29 79 14 8 .244 .314 .384 .140 .238 8.4 -12.4 -0.4
2007 POT A+ 536 69 121 30 4 13 45 57 99 27 11 .264 .355 .432 .168 .275 28.9 8.8 3.7
2008 HAR AA 364 42 81 14 0 12 44 31 78 12 8 .251 .315 .406 .155 .239 3.1 1.9 0.5
2008 NAT Rk 13 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 .385 .385 .462 .077 .291 1.3 -0.7 0.1
2009 HAR AA 189 29 52 12 1 6 18 16 40 13 4 .306 .370 .494 .188 .309 15.8 0.4 1.7
2009 SYR AAA 205 25 63 12 2 1 14 20 31 8 1 .354 .420 .461 .107 .304 21.5 -1.9 1.9
2009 WAS MLB 89 9 23 7 2 4 12 5 14 1 0 .280 .318 .561 .280 .292 6.4 -1.3 0.5
2010 WAS MLB 574 59 141 27 4 10 65 28 109 17 5 .269 .308 .392 .124 .262 24.7 -7.7 1.8
2011 WAS MLB 639 65 148 27 5 8 49 35 139 25 10 .253 .298 .358 .104 .248 21.7 -3.6 1.9
2012 WAS MLB 547 72 150 33 2 25 73 30 113 21 6 .292 .335 .511 .218 .286 32.1 -15.0 1.8
2013 WAS MLB 655 77 168 38 3 20 80 43 145 21 6 .280 .331 .453 .173 .273 29.6 5.0 3.8
2014 WAS MLB 648 73 151 26 3 24 91 46 183 24 5 .255 .313 .430 .175 .273 36.4 4.0 4.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 319 0.5235 0.4702 0.8067 0.6347 0.2895 0.9057 0.5682 0.1933
2010 1985 0.5028 0.4924 0.7828 0.6563 0.3252 0.8809 0.5826 0.2090
2011 2316 0.5155 0.4529 0.8168 0.5946 0.3012 0.8986 0.6450 0.1803
2012 1838 0.4995 0.5455 0.7794 0.7037 0.3870 0.8653 0.6236 0.2166
2013 2408 0.4722 0.5050 0.7533 0.6860 0.3430 0.8359 0.6055 0.2459
2014 2478 0.4613 0.4945 0.7192 0.6579 0.3543 0.8338 0.5370 0.2808
Career113440.48990.49540.76970.65740.33940.86280.59650.2274

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-10 2014-09-11 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-07-11 2014-07-12 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Contusion -
2014-03-12 2014-03-16 Camp 4 0 - Fingers Laceration Little Finger Ground Ball - -
2013-08-22 2013-08-23 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-07-24 2013-07-25 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Blister - -
2012-08-23 2012-08-26 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-07-22 2012-08-17 15-DL 26 25 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2012-07-18 2012-07-19 DTD 1 1 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2012-07-15 2012-07-17 DTD 2 2 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-07-07 2012-07-07 DTD 0 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-06-16 2012-06-16 DTD 0 0 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2011-06-29 2011-06-29 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2011-06-19 2011-06-21 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2011-05-14 2011-05-16 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-09-06 2010-09-06 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-08-23 2010-08-24 DTD 1 1 - Thumb Soreness -
2009-04-18 2009-06-07 Minors 50 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2009-04-23
2009-02-19 2009-02-26 Camp 7 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-06-01 2008-07-21 Minors 50 0 Left Wrist Fracture Hamate -
2006-05-09 2006-05-16 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 WAS $11,000,000
2014 WAS $6,500,000
2013 WAS $3,800,000
2012 WAS $512,500
2011 WAS $441,500
2010 WAS $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,154,000
2011Current$6,500,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$11,654,000
1 yrFuture$11,000,000
6 yrTotal$22,654,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 27 dDoug Rogalski2 years/$17.5M (2014-15)

Details
  • 2 years/$17.5M (2014-15). Signed extension with Washington 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). 14:$6.5M, 15:$11M.
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2013). Re-signed by Washington 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2012). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4415M (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by Washington 11/10/08. Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09.
  • Drafted by Montreal 2004 (3-84) (Sarasota HS, Fla.). $0.43M signing bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)20-team mixed dynasty, I own Tulo. His DL time this year killed me in the playoffs, and I am now looking to deal him. Obviously youth/health are the way to go, I know, but Segura and Bogaerts are probably not workable deals (team dynamics won't work). I also own Addison Russel, but I hesitate to trust rookies right away, especially as a top 3 team right now. Suggestions?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Shortstop is a pretty mixed bag at the moment. You could downgrade to Hanley and change but that's not going to ease your mind when it comes to health injuries. Your other options are Jhonny Peralta, or hoping someone like Ian Desmond can bring the batting average up a bit. No one is going to give you what Tulo does when healthy though. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Am I the next Ian Desmond?
(Addison Russell from Lurking)
It's not an awful comp from a statistical standpoint, though I think you'll hit for a higher average and have slightly more muted power/speed outputs. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about Ian Desmond in OBP keeper leagues (10 and 12 teams)? His OBP is lousy, but he's solid in the other four categories. Given the state of the position, how high would you go on him with a $260 cap? Let's say in a 10-teamer, is $25 too high?
(BomboRiviera from St. Paul)
I don't think that's too high, but I probably wouldn't go a lot higher. You might not get a ton of excess value there, but I bet he's worth it. 20/20 from SS ain't no joke. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul I value your baseball opinions. Thanks for the great chat. Please rank the following 3 hitters: Mesoraco, Dickerson, JD Martinez in terms of ROS value in a points format. And do any of them rival Ian Desmond as a potential late round dirt cheap keeper?
(Hoover from Indy)
I think you just ranked em. I was slow to come around on Meso, but he looks incredible. I'd still lean Desmond (though I don't know your scoring system) if only for his SS-elig. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league, H2H format: Ian Desmond for Jed Lowrie + Tyson Ross. Who comes out ahead?
(Jon from Grand Junction)
I love Desmond, but I'd take the pair in that trade. In a 20-teamer, depth is so key and two strong assets are better than one star-potential asset (especially since he hasn't been a star asset thus far) (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Twenty team keeper league. Ian Desmond for Stephen Drew and milb picks 21 and 29 in the upcoming draft? Who wins?
(Allan from Toronto)
Desmond, easy. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team this year in 10 team H2H Full dynasty. Loaded with young players and in last right now. Have an offer on the table of Springer, Bumgarner, Profar, Dozier, and Wacha for my Miggy and Cueto. Now he wants to Cole and get Desmond too. Do it or would you ask for Oscar Taveras too or instead of Cole? Thanks.
(Mookie from Mania)
OK... now, I'll answer it. I generally go for the star talent ahead of all else in a 10-teamer, but you ARE getting some star talent for your established studs. If you're in last, go ahead and take the throng of youth. I believe you're getting Gerrit Cole for Ian Desmond in that addendum? I LOVE Cole, but I'd make him bring in Taveras WITH Cole and see what he says! (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brad Miller? I want to believe he could be a 20/20 shortstop not unlike Ian Desmond. Too soon? or never?
(Vic from Baltimore)
My money would be on never, but he should still be a solid fantasy option regardless. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat on my birthday. I'm in a 12 team H2H redraft where we use R,HR,RBI,OBP,SLG,NSB on offense. I tend to weight NSB down a bit because the close relation of the first 5 offensive stats. This has created an unusual problem I noticed when calculating value for positionally weighted z-scores. The drop off for certain positions has become rather extreme. For example, there is roughly a $20 drop of between Tulo($34) and Ian Desmond,which make sense because SS with power are rare and OBP skills. Roughly the same difference between a Goldschimdt/Davis/Votto and Rizzo/Abreu(which I have at $25ish). There is a big caveat though. This is a snake draft. How should I handle such a significant drop off? I know I should probably take the best player on the board,but if I don't take a top tier shortstop, I'm not going to find anything close.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
I think you have to take value for the first few rounds, but eventually have to start considering positional needs. In your situation it sounds like you need to do that more. So instead of starting to look at positions and ignoring overall rankings in the first 10 rounds, I'd narrow it down to the first six or so. You still might miss out on Desmond, but you'll still be able to apply your z-score methodology while still not completely missing out on quality later on. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can X. Bogaerts be a top 3 SS by next year, can he put up similar numbers as HanRam did his second year or even his first year?
(Philips from In my car)
Miiiiight be too aggressive as I really like Ian Desmond. Players usually take time to develop into impact starters. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league, 7x7; Jose Abreu or Jean Segura? I have Ian Desmond at SS already, and Belt/Dunn at 1B.
(Gotribe31 from DC)
As someone who's a bit higher on Abreu and a bit lower on Segura than many ... the answer is still Segura, easy. Solve your log jam a different way. And don't rely on Dunn. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at the Yahoo rankings, are there any stand-out guys that they have way too high or too low? Porcello was one stand out for me.
(Charles from Boston)
I think they do a fine job of ranking players but I do have a few disagreements with their lists. I strongly recommend that people make their own lists by aggregating as much information as they can. I do think they have Ian Desmond a bit too low, I think Donaldson and Machado are as well, but again, it's a simple difference of opinion and player eval. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be the top 5 fantasy SS in 2015?
(Jim from Boston )
Gee Jim, way to put me on the spot.

Injuries last year make this a tough position to rank, but I would go Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond, and Jean Segura. Hanley would rank #1 if I wasn't concerned that he wouldn't get hurt again/miss time, but all of the top three have injury concerns. I'd rank Segura higher but I'm not sold on him as a top option. However, given who else is out there, he should stick in the Top 5 in 2014. The position is a little thinner than I once thought. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul,best value In this trade Segura or Ian Desmond
(Chesty from New Bern N.C.)
Pretty close. I'd lean Desmond for track record, but I like both a good bit at a painfully thin SS. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Why the big love in the industry for Starlin Castro? He looks way overvalued on his ADP especially in comparison to Ian Desmond who's going way later.
(Mike from France)
He's 23 years old and has shown gradual improvement in his ISO the last three years. He's never going to be a 30 HR guy, but a 25/25 peak isn't out of the question. Desmond is solid, but his HR/FB% was really high and his AVG isn't supported by his BABIP. Desmond is OK but I expect some regression. FWIW, not EVERYONE in the industry hates Desmond; he went for $28 to Nando Di Fino of CBS Sports in yesterday's CBS Sports NL-only Analyst league auction...or the same price as Castro. (Mike Gianella)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul! First I just want to mention I'm a new listener to the podcast and I really enjoy it! Anyway, what are your thoughts on Ian Desmond in a 20 team dynasty league. Was Desmond's season a fluke last year? Should I sell high?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
Thank you, Justin. It's one of my favorite things to do. Jason and I have been friends for 11 years. I don't think Desmond is a fluke, but if you can sell high and get an amazing return then it's worth investigating. There is a difference between simply selling and selling high, though, so make sure you're getting a return worthy of one of the top fantasy shortstops. He could reasonably drive in and score 85-90 in that lineup hitting 6th. (Paul Sporer)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following keepers (deep league so don't be alarmed by inflation, and saves are NOT available on the waiver so most closers are kept): Ian Desmond ($15), Addison Reed ($8), Yovani Gallardo ($21), Drew Storen ($8)
(eliyahu from DC)
Tough without knowing league parameters and exactly what inflation is like, but probably Desmond, Storen, Reed, Gallardo. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead, who are your Top 5 SS for next season? (And, if you feel like it, Top 5 CF as well)
(sitdancer from DC)
Right now, I'd rank the shortstops
1- Troy Tulowitzki
2- Jose Reyes
3- Starlin Castro
4- Elvis Andrus
5- Ian Desmond

I struggled to rank 3-5, and an argument could be made for shuffling them up in any order. Hanley Ramirez could throw a wrench into these rankings if he sees time at SS in Dee Gordon's absence. As for the CF position, I'm much less comfortable ranking them at the moment. Matt Kemp has missed time due to injury, as has Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh Hamilton has been streaky as hell, and I just want to see a bit more from others. As it stands, though, my top 3 would be Trout, Kemp, McCutchen in that order. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under on these three categories for Ian Desmond this season: .275 AVG, 30 HR, 20 SB
(Renfei from DC)
Under, under, over (Jason Collette)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond is the #1 shortstop on the ESPN Player Rater by a decent margin. Do you see him as a top 3 shortstop the rest of this season?
(Ben from NYC)
Yes, but mainly because the position has been such a disappointment in fantasy baseball this season. (Jason Collette)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Charlie- I am a Kensington man, where do you suggest for the Six Point? Jay- Believing in Ian Desmond's hot start?
(BD from DC)
I'm not a huge Desmond believer, don't think he can stick at the top of the order at least, as OBP has never been one of his skills. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Strasburg back and Zimmerman in the fold am I crazy for thinking that a good lefty bat would make the Nationals contenders next year?
(Steve N from Delaware)
How was the hurricane for you in Delaware? I hear a lot about SC, NY, NJ, VT, but not so much about Delaware... Does your lefty bat mean that Davey Johnson won't be leading off Ian Desmond and his .290 OBP? What's up with that? He used to be such a brilliant manager. Except for that whole letting Dwight Gooden pitch to Mike Scioscia in '88 thing... (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond has hit the ball well and looked very good in the field since the birth of his child. How possible do you think it is that players can play poorly due to external factors, and how often do you think it happens, without us noticing?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I've said this before, so forgive me. If you're watching the Tigers game, Kelly just dove for a ball and missed, allowing Eric Chavez a triple (Chavez was so unused to running that hard that he's apparently hurt himself--surprise!). One of my favorite Casey Stengel lines is something he said in praise of Joe DiMaggio, that DiMaggio never dove because he knew he wasn't going swimming. At first it might seem odd that a manager would praise a player for NOT diving, but if you think about it, it's better fundamental baseball not to, because if you don't dive you have a single, if you do dive and miss you have a triple, as we saw here.

As to your question, a good one, I think it happens all the time. Players are like us--they have off-field issues all the time that serve as distractions, and some are better at screening those out than others. (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa going to hit this year?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Espinosa yet, Desmond no. I think Espinosa is going to be one of those guys who quietly has a very good career. (John Perrotto)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a NFBC 15 Team (Mixed) format how would you approach the limited SS position?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Obviously getting Hanley or Tulo in the early going would be ideal, but I'm leery of the Reyes/Jeter/Rollins group this year for various reasons... too much uncertainty with all three. I'd rather wait a few more rounds and try for a Stephen Drew or Alexei Ramirez, or go a little deeper for Ian Desmond. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Nationals have a plan for creating an effective lineup or are they simply throwing tons of cash at whoever is willing to play for a 90-loss team? RH-heavy and still quite a weak infield
(Markol19 from Virginia)
The Nationals have tried to acquire every other major free agent that has been available the past few seasons, and they finally got one of them to sign a contract. They know how to identify hitters at least, but if they are thinking about trading Ian Desmond with the state of the shortstop market, and are looking for defense at first, then I'm not really sure what it is they think they are doing. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)For a year where there weren't any SS to be had, it sure appears like there are a lot of SS to be had. Bartlett, Hardy, Drew, Alexei Ramirez, Jeter!, OCab, then on through to Ian Desmond, Nishioka, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Theriot, and down to Punto, Tejada, Augie Ojada and anyone else. Was it a bad year for SS, or just for decent ones?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Some of those names said to be available I just don't quite get -- not that you're wrong in naming them. Why wouldn't a team want to keep guys like Drew or Ramirez, given how rare any offensive production from a shortstop has become? There's a lot of guys out there, but not too many I like.

Going from Ryan to Theriot mystifies me, BTW, because Ryan's glove is a godsend behind all those groundball pitchers in Busch, and it's not like Theriot is Arky Vaughan or something. I can see trying to upgrade on offense, but I'm not convincd the possible improvement at the plate is worth the defensive hit. (Ken Funck)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Desmond mature into a decent hitting SS with a solid glove to complement his range?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I actually wrote his comment in last year's annual, so let's see what Ken had to say last winter:

"If Desmond sticks he should provide double digits in homers and steals as well as adequate glove work. Last year’s offensive breakout was a bit of a mirage produced by a BABIP north of .400, and his non-descript walk rate precludes any chance he’ll become a valuable table-setter, but a broad-based tool set gives him a good chance to become more than just standard middle-infield filler."

I have to say, a year later, I still agree with me. I guess that means I'm saying "yes". (Ken Funck)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Ian Desmond has the potential that the organization seems to think he has?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
The errors trouble me, the lack of selectivity troubles me, but as Christina pointed out in her aforementioned GM for a Day piece, putting Desmond and Danny Espinosa together up the middle seems like a no-brainer, a chance to have some above-average pop at those positions. As she said, they're not going to be Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell (Trammell for the Hall of Fame NOW!) but they don't need to be. (Steven Goldman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Ian Desmond - Danny Espinosa middle infield combo? It seems to me the Nats will have quite the infield for years to come, no matter who's on first
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Meh, they look stopgappy to me. Desmond seems competent enough but he's going to have to get that OBP above league average for me to be at all impressed; .320 with a 4/1 K/BB ratio doesn't cut it. And as I pointed out in last week's NL Hit List, Espinosa's translations for his minor league work come out to a .208 True Average. I think it's dangerous to get too excited about his hot start at the big league level - call it the Taylor Teagarden effect. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm staring at using Alex Escobar or Ian Desmond every day at SS in an OBP/SLG redraft league. Maintain the course with two of my favorite preseason SS sleepers, or upgrade quickly?
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would upgrade if you can, but SS is an easy position to punt as well. I have Cesar Izturis in an AL-only league and don't even feel bad about it. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the job Mike Rizzo has done so far digging out from the Jim Bowden era in DC
(Drew W from NoVA)
Hard to say so far, although I like some things well enough. It isn't like picking Stephen Strasburg was all that surprising, however much phony drama was invested in the "will they/won't they" buildup. I'm glad to see Ian Desmond taken seriously, but Danny Espinosa's already coming into the picture, making for a nice problem to have. Weeping over the "expense" of employing Pudge seems overstated, there seems to be something coherent about what they're doing with the pitching staff (unlike Bowden's 'try everything' approach). We'll see, but I'm hopeful, and there really wasn't anywhere to go but up. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CK - Love it! Any prospects that you have unexplained affinities for?
(iorg34 from Minny)
Todd Frazier, because the bat will play. I find myself hoping Zack Cozart gets taken seriously, given that Paul Janish isn't really a solution, and I'm interested in how Tommy Manzella pans out. It's hard not to like Scott Sizemore and Alex Avila for the Tigers. I'm interested in seeing how Jose Ceda's comeback goes. I think this is the year for Brandon Wood, or at least I hope so. I root for Hank Conger. I'm more fond of Ian Desmond and Shairon Martis than probably makes sense. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Desmond good enough to be the starting SS for the Nats? Or should they be looking for a short term fill-in?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Word on the street (which in part I think I heard from you, actually) is that he can field very well, and though it goes without saying he won't slug .561 in 2010 if he plays everyday, as long as he's passable at the plate and can field he's a valuable SS. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Desmond? Does his surprising September power help his case to start?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I really like Desmond, and don't think his power spike's a transient phenomenon. Given that this ballclub just wasted more than two-thirds of a season's second-base starts on Andy Hernandez, Alberto Gonzalez, and Pete Orr, I think Desmond's bid for a middle-infield job should be on next year's list of "make it so." (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Desmond a future starting SS? By that I mean a decent one, because I suppose I could start if management was stupid enough.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
If I'm the Nationals he's my opening day SS next year, or goes into spring training with the job to lose. They'll be in a position to give Desmond a shot, and they really need to given that his 21 games this season is by no means a large enough sample to derive anything from. If Kevin Goldstein says he has the tools and could be a solid SS, I have no reason to think otherwise. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is your take on Ian Desmond?
(jon from Se)
I kind of believe it. The tools where always there -- I'd certainly give him a long look if I was Washington. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Desmond? Is he a starting SS for the next couple of years? Can he hit enough to start?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
He's had a pretty good year at two levels, but a lot of it is BABIP fueled. I'd like to see a repeat performance before I anoint him as a useful major league starter, especially given his numbers prior to 2009. How is his glove supposed to be? Shortstop is such a terrible offensive position that he doesn't need to hit to be a good starter. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond is supposedly a GREAT fielder. Rangy with a nasty arm. So what are the chances that the Nats will have three real good defenders (him, Zim and Morgan) and move Guzman to 2B? Seems like the way to go...
(Charlie from Bethesda)
If he can field that well, then bring him up. If he's not a good hitter, he may not become one either, so if he's an upgrade due to the glove, let him at it. (Marc Normandin)


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DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableDPOTD #6 (featuring twice-busted prospect Paul Strand) is up, now loading up MLB.tv. "Congratulations! Our records indicate that you reside within the continental United States! This game is blacked out, as are all other games! You're probably wondering what isn't blacked out. So are we."

Nice sequence in the Phillies-Nats game, E6 on Ian Desmond, Jimmy Rollins tries to score from second on the misplay, out at the plate. (Steven Goldman)
 

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