Nats made some September callups today. I am excited that Ian Desmond is one of them, although I realize I have been getting overly excited about his chances. Regardless, I am very interested in seeing what he can do over the next few weeks.
Desmond is an almost 24 year old SS who has spent much of 2009 playing in AAA Syracuse. In 55 games there, he hit .354/.428/.461. He is clearly not a power hitting prospect, and he isn’t too much of a hitting prospect in general. He’s known for his defense – Baseball America said he had the best infield arm in the farm system from 2006 all the way to this year. Last year, in addition to that, they called him the best defensive infielder. He’s rangy and has a cannon – he’s a real SS. So anything he does with the bat is bonus.