Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond #20

  • SS
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 3"/215
  • Age: 30


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Ian Desmond Stats

.233 19 62 13 .674

Ian Desmond MLB Career Stats

.264 110 432 122 .736

Ian Desmond Bio

  • Full Name: Ian M. Desmond
  • Born: 9/20/1985 in Sarasota, FL
  • Draft: 2004, Montreal Expos, 3rd rd. (84th overall)
  • High School: Sarasota, FL
  • Debut: September 10, 2009
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2015 Stats 583 69 136 19 62 13 .233 .290 .674
MLB Career Stats 3480 424 917 110 432 122 .264 .312 .736
  • Status: Active

Ian Desmond Statcast Averages

Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Launch Speed (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2015 Nationals NL 641 322 91.87 202.31 3.95 4.61 31.07
MLB Avg - - - - 89.28 211.67 0.42 9.00 33.43


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October 9, 2015 at 7:14 AM ET

Desmond improves late in 2015

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond finished the 2015 regular season with a .233 average, 19 home runs, 62 RBIs, 69 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.

September 17, 2015 at 10:41 PM ET

Desmond homers, plates four in big game

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs on Thursday vs. the Marlins.


Ian Desmond Awards

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2012 Washington NL

NL Silver Slugger

Year Team League
2012 Washington NL
2013 Washington NL
2014 Washington NL

MLBPAA Nationals Heart and Hustle Award

Year Team League
2011 Washington NL
2013 Washington NL
2014 Washington NL
2015 Washington NL

Ian Desmond Leaderboards

Batting Average

Season AVG Rank
2012 .292 17th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2012 25 20th in NL
2014 24 12th in NL

Runs Batted In

Season RBI Rank
2013 80 19th in NL
2014 91 7th in NL

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
2010 17 21st in NL
2011 25 13th in NL
2012 21 21st in NL
2013 21 14th in NL
2014 24 11th in NL

On-base Plus Slugging

Season OPS Rank
2012 .845 15th in NL

Slugging Percentage

Season SLG Rank
2012 .511 10th in NL

Runs Scored

Season R Rank
2013 77 20th in NL


Season H Rank
2011 148 25th in NL
2013 168 13th in NL


Season 2B Rank
2012 33 23rd in NL
2013 38 7th in NL


Season 3B Rank
2011 5 21st in NL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2010 154 22nd in NL
2011 154 20th in NL
2013 158 9th in NL
2014 154 12th in NL
2015 156 11th in NL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2011 584 13th in NL
2013 600 13th in NL
2014 593 11th in NL
2015 583 12th in NL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2011 639 23rd in NL
2013 655 18th in NL
2014 648 16th in NL
2015 641 20th in NL

Total Bases

Season TB Rank
2012 262 24th in NL
2013 272 9th in NL
2014 255 18th in NL


Season SO Rank
2011 139 12th in NL
2013 145 7th in NL
2014 183 3rd in NL
2015 187 2nd in NL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2011 10 4th in NL
2012 6 25th in NL
2013 6 18th in NL
2014 5 25th in NL
2015 5 23rd in NL

Ian Desmond Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
August 17, 2012 Washington Nationals activated SS Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list.
July 23, 2012 Washington Nationals placed SS Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 22, 2012. Torn left oblique.
April 28, 2011 Washington Nationals activated SS Ian Desmond from the paternity list.
September 8, 2009 Washington Nationals recalled Ian Desmond from Syracuse Chiefs.
July 16, 2009 Ian Desmond assigned to Syracuse Chiefs from Harrisburg Senators.
June 7, 2009 Ian Desmond roster status changed by Harrisburg Senators.
April 26, 2009 Harrisburg Senators placed SS Ian Desmond on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 18, 2009. Hand surgery.

Ian M. Desmond Bio Info

Ian M. Desmond...graduated from Sarasota (FL) High School in 2004...committed to play collegiately at University of South Florida prior to signing with the Expos in 2004...was the 84th overall selection in the 2004 Draft.


Won third straight NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award after hitting .255 with 26 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 91 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 73 runs scored...Posted third straight 20-homer, 20-stolen base campaign...Only two shortstops in history have more: J. Rollins & H.Ramirez (4 each)...Was one of just five players to post a 20-20 season (T. Frazier, B. Dozier, C. Gomez, M. Brantley)...24 HR in 2014 paced MLB shortstops (T.Tulowitzki & J.Peralta tied for second with 21)...Hit game-winning homers in NL East clincher (W3-0, Sept. 26 at ATL) & J.Zimmermann's no-hitter (W1-0, Sept. 28 vs. MIA)...Career high 15 GWRBI paced MLB shortstops...Went 8-for-12 (.750) with one double, one home run and 17 RBI with the bases loaded...Hit second career grand slam, April 10 vs. MIA (Arquimedes Caminero)...For the second straight seasons, posted a career-high in walks (46)...Posted a career-high five RBI, June 9 at SF (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI)...Collected a team-high five hits, matching a career mark, July 21 at COL...Hit safely in seven straight plate appearances, July 21-22, nearly matching club record (8, Dmitri Young, May 31-June 1, 2007)


Won 2nd consecutive NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger after hitting .280 with a career-high 38 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 80 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 4th complete big-league campaign...started a career-high 158 games at shortstop...earned 20-home run, 20-stolen base status for 2nd straight year...was one of just nine 20-20 players in MLB this season, the only infielder (the other 8 were all outfielders: Shin-Soo Choo, Coco Crisp, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter Pence, Mike Trout, Will Venable)...paced MLB shortstops with 61 extra-base hits and 12 GWRBI...earned a career-high 43 walks...28 June RBI set a Nationals single-month mark (bested Adam Dunn, 27 in May 2009)...first career grand slam came in 11th-inning of 6-2 win, June 19 at PHI...NL Gold Glove finalist played career-high/DC-baseball record 59 straight errorless games at SS, April 22-June 27...hit solo homer in the 11th inning to snap a 5-5 tie and set stage for a 7-6 win on April 6 at CIN...starting/batting cleanup for the first time in career, plated both runs in 2-0 win on May 1 at ATL with 2-run shot in the 4th inning of Paul Maholm.

2012 NL All-Star won first Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award as NL's top offensive shortstop...led all MLB shortstops in homers (25), slugging percentage (.511) & OPS (.845)...with 25 homers and 21 stolen bags, joined Alfonso Soriano (46, 41 in '06) in the Nationals' 2-member 20-20 club... the 25 homers trumped career total (22) entering '12 and set a new standard for DC-based (1901-71, 2005-present) middle infielders...17 of the 25 homers came prior to the All-Star break, but hit .308 in the 2nd "half"...was named an NL All-Star by skipper Tony La Russa, but later pulled out due to a left oblique strain that rendered a DL stint 2 weeks later...increased fielding percentage by 23 points, made 19 fewer errors and upped zone rating by 49 points compared to rookie season (2010) totals...was NL Gold Glove Finalist. 2011 Avoided sophomore slump with especially strong second half (.289, 22 extra-base hits, 5 home runs, .338 OBP in 69 post All-Star break contests), which rendered .253 batting average, 27 doubles, 40 extra-base hits, 49 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 154 games ... when starting, Washington went 74-72 ... when batting leadoff, Washington finished 25-25 ... was much improved defensively, posting a .966 fielding percentage, 23 errors and a .836 zone rating (3rd in NL) in 152 games ... increased fielding percentage by 19 points, made 11 fewer errors and upped zone rating by 46 points compared to rookie season (2010) totals (.947, 34, .790 respectively) ... paced the Nationals with 25 stolen bases, 20 of which came in season's first 70 contests (through June 17) ... posted a career-best 11-game hit streak from June 5-17, going 15-for-47 (.319) with 5 RBI ... punched game-ending RBI infield single in bottom of 9th in 3-2 victory vs. NYM on July 31 ... down 5-4 in the 9th and facing a 1-2 count, hit game-tying homer off Antonio Bastardo in eventual 10-inning, 5-4 win on Aug. 21 vs. PHI ... went 5-for-6 with a double and 3 RBI in a 10-1 win on Sept. 16 at NYM ... thus, notched the 5th 5-hit effort in Nationals (2005-pres.) history. 2010 Posted strong offensive effort and showed "plus" makeup in first complete big league campaign...was one of 2 rookies on Washington's Opening Day roster (LHP Jesse English)...blasted 10 home runs to become the first franchise shortstop to post a double-digit home run total since Orlando Cabrera hit 17 long balls for the 2003 Expos...also became the first DC-based shortstop to register a double-digit homer total since Joe Cronin (HOF '56) hit 12 long balls for the 1931 AL Nationals...was one of just 5 NL shortstops to tally 40 or more extra-base hits, joining Troy Tulowitzki (62), Stephen Drew (58), Hanley Ramirez (51), Jose Reyes (50)...via a .700 OPS, became just the 12th rookie shortstop since 2000 to record an OPS of at least .700...paced NL rookies with 42 multi-hit games...also ranked among NL rookie leaders in stolen bases (tied 2nd, 17), hits (3rd, 141), total bases (4th, 206), RBI (6th, 65), runs (6th, 59), doubles (6th, 27), triples (tied 6th, 4) and extra-base hits (8th, 41)...of 10 home runs, 8 came at Nationals Park, and 4 came at ATL's expense...batted .300 against left-handed pitching...went 6-for-11 (.545) with the bases loaded...flashed impressive range (ranked 3rd among NL shortstops, 6th in MLB, with 4.75 total chances per 9.0 innings), but posted the most errors in MLB (34)...went 3-for-5 and 4-for-5 on back-to-back nights at PHI, August 20-21. 2009 Enjoyed fantastic season in minor leagues and made strong impression in 21-game debut with the Nationals in September... in MLB debut, Sept. 10 vs. PHI, went 2-for-4 with double, homer and 4 RBI...became 2nd shortstop since 1920-when RBI became an official stat-to post as many as 4 RBI in a MLB debut (also PHI's Ted Kazanski, June 25, 1953 at CHI)...became just the 2nd big-leaguer since 1920 to record at least 6 hits and 4 RBI in his first 2 MLB games (joining STA's Guy Sturdy)...went 10-for-17 with 4 doubles, a homer and 4 RBI in his first 4 games, becoming the first player to collect 10 or more hits in initial 4 MLB contests since SFG's Jim Davenport (10-for-18) in 1958...also became first big-league player to start his career with multi-hit efforts in first 4 games since BOS's Morgan Burkhart in 2000...he was the first NL player to do so since CHI's Doug Dascenzo (1988)...had surgery to remove hook of hamate in left hand, April 23, performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and 4 RBI (game-winning RBI) in debut, Sept. 10 vs. PHI, becoming the first player in franchise history to tally more than 3 RBI in first big-league game...with a 3-run homer off Joe Blanton in the 5th inning of his debut, became just the 2nd Nationals player and 5th player in franchise history (1969-present) to homer in his first big-league game (also Coco Laboy, April 8, 1969 at NYM, Tim Wallach, September 6, 1980 at SFG; Brad Fullmer, September 2, 1997 vs. BOS; Brandon Watson, August 9, 2005 at HOU).
In Minor Leagues: Combined to hit .330 in 97 games with Harrisburg and Syracuse...began with Double-A Harrisburg... was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, July 16...on DL with hamate fracture (left hand), April 25-June 7...hit 2 grand slams: one with Harrisburg (June 17 vs. Birmingham), one with Syracuse (Aug. 29 vs. Lehigh Valley).
2008 Appeared in 96 games, batting combined .256 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 15 stolen bases with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League and the Nationals' Gulf Coast League affiliate...was on DL from June 4-July 21 with left hamate fracture...served 3-game rehab stint with GCL Nationals...played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League...hit .267 (27-for-101) with 6 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 17 RBI in 28 games with the Peoria Saguaros. 2007 After being named the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals' chain by Baseball America, batted .264 with 13 homers, and 45 RBI in 129 games with Single-A Potomac of the Carolina League...lead team with 69 runs and 27 stolen bases. 2006 Played in 129 games with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac, batting combined .228 with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homers, 48 RBI and 18 stolen bases...played first 2 months of season with Harrisburg, then finished campaign with Potomac...following the season, batted .247 with one home run, 5 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 26 games with the Waikiki BeachBoys of the Hawaiian Winter League. 2005 Made major splash in Spring Training before advancing 2 levels in the Nationals' system...capped season with Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League despite being just 20 years old...was not originally issued an invitation to big league camp, but that changed on February 21, when GM Jim Bowden prompted the move to see talents and skill firsthand...at ripe old age of 19, hit .306 (11-for-36) with a double, triple and 4 RBI in 20 Grapefruit League contests with the Nationals... made numerous dazzling plays at SS and in shallow left field, ranging back to catch bloopers...with Savannah of the Single-A South Atlantic League, went 0-for-2 on Opening Day, but began a 12-game hitting streak the next day... despite spending only half a season there, was rated as one of the SAL's top 20 prospects by Baseball America...also honored as SAL's top defensive SS in a BA post-season survey of league managers. 2004 Combined to hit .228 with 2 home runs and 28 RBI in 59 games for GCL Expos and Vermont of the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League during professional debut...hit first pro home run on August 26 vs. GCL Mets.