Desmond confident in leadoff abilities

Desmond confident in leadoff abilities

Desmond confident in leadoff abilities
VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson has often said he is confident that shortstop Ian Desmond can be his leadoff hitter in 2012. It helped that Desmond hit .289 with a .338 on-base percentage after the All-Star break last year.

Desmond is confident that he can be that table-setter who can score a lot of runs.

"I don't think there is anything I can't do. I'm not going to sell myself short," Desmond said. "I have to go out there, put good at-bats together and be that tough out; try to get on base for the guys behind me.

"I think when I do get on base, I have to be a good baserunner. I have to pick and choose my spots to steal and be smart. We have guys behind me that can drive me in from first. It's not necessarily going out and stealing 75 bags. It's about getting on base and just letting the big guys drive me in."