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Is Desmond MLB’s best shortstop?

Nov 10, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had by all accounts a breakout season for Washington in 2012. He upped his batting average and power numbers significantly, and in turn cut down on errors which had always been his most glaring flaw. The combination of improvements he made turned him into a National League All-Star, a Silver Slugger, and a Gold Glove finalist.

Desmond was one of the best players on the N.L. East champion Nationals and, with a closer look at the numbers, may have been the best shortstop in the majors in 2012.

Take a look at Desmond’s 2012 stats and where they rank in baseball among shortstops:

.845 OPS – 1st in MLB
.292 BA – 3rd in MLB (1st in NL)
25 HR – 1st in MLB
73 RBI – 2nd in MLB
21 SB – 7th in MLB
72 R – 7th in MLB

Tops in the league in homers and OPS, and with 21 stolen bases to complement, no one at the position provided the tools Desmond did in 2012. He, at least at the moment, is arguably the most versatile shortstop in the majors.

Desmond reaching this height was aided by several factors. For one, Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins are older and not the MVP’s they used to be. Jeter and Rollins both had solid years, especially for their age, but Desmond’s youth gives him better range and a higher upside. Desmond also posted his numbers despite missing 32 games to an oblique injury.
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206 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Well the ultimate Nats Hater actually voted for Bryce:Jayson Stark‏@jaysonstOur own @keithlaw had one of the Arizona chapter's votes – & went Harper over Miley, with Aoki 3rd

  2. Candide - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Hah – I had Bryce's award up on my Facebook page three minutes before MASN did! Maybe they should fire someone and hire me!

  3. MicheleS - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Hmmm.. some interesting stuff out of Cinci:Jayson Stark‏@jaysonstThe 2 Cincinnati voters had different takes on NL ROY. @johnerardi had Frazier 1st. His colleague @TomGroeschen had Harper 1st, Frazier 3rd

  4. MicheleS - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    new post

  5. NatsFanSinceStart - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Congrats, Desi. You are one talented, classy player. Glad you're a Nat!

  6. NatsFanSinceStart - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Congrats, Desi. You are one talented, classy player. Glad you're a Nat!

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