Shortstop Ian Desmond was announced as the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, beating out Cristian Guzman, who will now be utilized as a utility player. Desmond recently did his off-season training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Read the full article at USAToday.com:
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told reporters Sunday he has chosen rookie Ian Desmond as his starting shortstop over incumbent Cristian Guzman, who will earn $8 million this season.
Guzman will play in a utility role.
Desmond, a third-round draft pick back when the franchise was still in Montreal in 2004, has a .278 spring average and a .463 slugging percentage, plus he leads the club with 12 RBI. He had a breakout season with a .330 average at Class AA and AAA last year, then batted .280 with an .879 OPS in an 82-at-bat audition with the Nationals.