In the month of July though, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .299. In that same time span, Desmond has a slugging percentage of .483. He has drastically improved his batting average over the recent weeks. Despite his early season struggles at the plate, Desmond has always been able to hit for power. He leads the Nationals with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs.
The major league leader in home runs is Jose Abreu with 30 on the year for the Chicago White Sox. Desmond is in a respectable 23rd place in terms of the major league home runs race and he is far ahead of his normal pace for hitting the long ball. In the 2012 season, Desmond hit a career high 25 home runs to go along with a .292 batting average for the Nationals. Last season, he hit 20 home runs.
Right now, Desmond is on pace to have his best season yet in terms of home runs.
His batting average is starting to bounce back toward his career .270 with tremendous hitting in the last few weeks. Within the month of July, Desmond also strung together a 10-game hitting streak that included one outing where he went 5-5 with pne HR, two RBIs and three runs at the plate.
Don’t count Desmond out when discussing the best power hitters in the major league. The 28 year old has plenty of room to grow in terms of hitting.