Every year, Ian Desmond seems to get a little more worrisome, flirting with collapse before salvaging his season with a late surge. That was certainly true last year, when he hit .204 with seven home runs and a .572 OPS over his first 87 games compared to .272 with 12 home runs and an .807 OPS over his final 69. A late bloomer, he's already 30 years old, which is getting up there for a shortstop, and his rising strikeout rate and declining steals total are potentially signs that his skills are regressing. You shouldn't consider him a top-five option at the position anymore, but selecting him among the top-10 with a middle-to-late-round pick sounds about right.
Ian Desmond had an atrocious first half of 2015 that even a solid second half couldn't fix. He's now a 30 year-old shortstop that has declined over each of the last three seasons. His 2012 OPS of .845 is a distant memory as are likely any hopes of him stealing 20 bases again. There are people that will point to his solid second half (.777 OPS, 12 HR, 8 SB) as a reason to be positive. The fact is that for a majority of players the full season is much more predictive than a season split. When you look at Desmond's trajectory it wouldn't be surprising if he put together a .250 season with 15 HR and 15 SB, but that seems closer to his upside than his floor. If you're going to draft Desmond you might as well punt shortstop, you'll likely get similar production.
Desmond declined the qualifying offer from the Nationals and will remain a free agent, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. The move comes as little surprise, despite a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he hit just .233 and committed an NL-worst 27 errors. He has plenty of power at a position mostly lacking home run hitters and just turned 30 in September, so he should command a multi-year deal in free agency.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond isn't in the lineup Monday against the Reds, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Desmond collected three hits, a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies, but he will get a day off Monday following six straight starts at shortstop. Top prospect Trea Turner will start in his place at shortstop Monday, batting second for the Nationals.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Thursday. Desmond had just five hits in his previous eight games, so the breakout was nice to see. It's been a tough year for the talented shortstop, as he sits with a .236 average in 142 games played this season. The positive for Desmond is that he is still providing solid counting stats, as he has 18 homers and 12 steals to go along with 57 RBI and 66 runs scored this year, which all rank in the top-15 for shortstops.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 6 with a double, a run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Desmond is 7 for 17 over his last four games. His RBI total was a season high. Desmond has 13 RBI in the month of August and matched his RBI total for the last eight games.