Ian Desmond c’mon down!
In trying to describe the time Ian Desmond has thus far spent in Colorado, it can be summed up in one word: disappointing. The club signed Desmond before the 2017 season to a 5-year, $70 million contract to primarily play first base and bolster their lineup. Expectations have certainly been let down for fans.
Things started when, in spring training, Desmond suffered a fracture in his left hand after being hit by a 93-mph fastball. It led to a season in which Desmond appeared in just 95 games. He slashed .274/.326/.375 with seven home runs and 40 RBI. To make matters worse, Desmond recorded a .305 wOBA and 69 wRC+.
Last season, Desmond stayed healthy missing just two games. It was about the only ‘glass half full’ moment of his year. Desmond slashed .236/.307/.422. Surprisingly, he did hit 22 home runs but still failed to cross the threshold, and posted an 81 wRC+. While improved, it was still bad.
To make matters worse, Desmond has not been good in his time at first base. In 1348 2/3 innings there, he has a -7 DRS and -4.3 UZR/150.
The Rockies are four games into the new season, and so far it’s the same old lackluster production from Desmond. In nine plate appearances, he is slashing .154/.154/.385 with 2 RBIs, a .164 wOBA and -14 wRC+. Desmond already has been worth -0.2 WAR, per Fangraphs. Hopefully, he can figure it out and the season is still fresh. However, if Desmond cannot put a productive year together in 2019, this will mirror the Hampton contract as one of the worst in team history.