I thought that the Nats were going to have some All-Star candidates with potential, but I honestly didn’t think that Ian Desmond would be one of them. His mistakes and inconsistencies of the past seemed to not be going away.
But this year, that has all changed. Desmond has been a huge steadying force at the plate, and has impacted the Nats positively all year.
Desmond leads the National League shortstops with 37 extra-base hits, with a .302 batting average in June. In the last 11 games, Desmond has had 11 extra base hits.
The realities of the All-Star Game may play against him (which is weird for the Nationals). Mainly, every team has to be represented, and it is a solid bet that Stephen Strasburg and.or Gio Gonzalez will be going to the game. They have both been superb this year.
There are some candidates on other teams that may be their team’s only representative who also play shortstop. That could work against Desmond as well, even though his numbers do state his case pretty well.
This is going to be a discussion for the Nats from now on. They used to have just one representative, and that person usually separated themselves well from the rest of the team. As the talent grows, so does the All-Star talk.
It may have to take one more year though for a position player to rock the Curly W.