I had a whole lot to say about Ian Desmond when he was first called up. I rambled for a few sentences about Bowden on a Segway and how old youngster, Esmailyn Gonzalez really is. He’s a Latin 20-something. He’s also known as Carlos Lugo now. This is brilliant. How cool would it be if at least once a year a retired player tried to make a comeback under an alias? Have you seen this new Dominican prospect for the Braves? His name is Julio Phranco. He looks vaguely familiar. Last September, I said in my never duplicated, always imitated way, “Desmond has a decent blend of speed and power (think The Big FraGu at shortstop). The “at shortstop” thing is the clincher.” It’s all about the clincher, ain’t it? So what can Ian Desmond do for 2010 fantasy baseball is he, dare I say, a sleeper?
Since we’re friends, I’m going to tell you that I’m on the fence with how much I want to push Ian Desmond on you, loyal Razzball reader. On one hand, he can be FraGuish. On the other hand, how much ‘ish is he? Is he 97% FraGuish? Is he 55% FraGuish? So much anGuish! Then when I look at the numbers a different way, I think he might be more FeLopezian. So let’s see what we know. His stealing percentages in the minors were dreadful at times. In Double-A in 2008, he stole 12 bases and was caught 8 times. In 2009, 13 for 17 in Double-A then 8 for 9 in Triple-A. When he reached the Nats, he stole one base in 21 games and the Nats don’t steal that much. So I think Desmond has 25-plus steal speed, but may only steal 15 bases. Now for the power. In his first major league game, he hit a 434 foot bomb. Though its true distance is less. (Still not clear on what true distance is. I like to think it’s measured in unicorns because that would ironic. BTW, if you wanna lose three hours of your life, play around with this site.) So Desmond can generate power, but he’s not a really a power hitter. Ten homers seems like a lot to ask of him, but he could get to 15. Hmm… That brings me back to FraGuish. So I guess we’ll settle on 10/20 for Desmond with the hope of more and the fear of less. Though, because the shortstop position is so shallow, 10/20 is a great sleeper for 2010 fantasy baseball and definitely someone to look at late in drafts.