This season, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is a finalist to win his first career Gold Glove award. While Desmond did have a solid season, it won’t be enough to win him the award given to the National League’s best shortstop.
To start, Desmond will be going against some stiff competition in Colorado Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki and Atlanta Braves’ Andrelton Simmons. Both Tulowitzki and Simmons had fantastic seasons for their ball clubs and are more than worthy of the nomination.
For Desmond, 2013 was an inconsistent season in the field. While his .971 fielding percentage was the best of his career, he committed 20 errors. Desmond did turn 96 double plays and record a career-high 446 assists, but it’s in consistency that’s going to do him in.
To start off the season, Desmond committed seven errors in the month of April. After committing just four errors over May, June and July, he then went on to commit nine more errors in the final two months of the season. In August, he committed five errors. When you’re in the Gold Glove race, that’s certainly not the ending that you want to your season.
Aside from Desmond’s inconsistent play, Simmons had quite a season for the Braves. In just his first full season in the major leagues, Simmons recorded a .981 fielding percentage with 94 double plays, 499 assists and just 14 errors. At just 24-years of age, the Braves have to be excited about his future.
It’s not that Desmond had a bad season, but he was just inconsistent and Simmons’ season was simply better. In 2014, expect Desmond to have another solid season for the Nationals and contend for the Gold Glove award with more consistency.