Danny Espinosa

Danny Espinosa
Espinosa with the Washington Nationals
Acereros de Monclova – No. 18
Born: (1987-04-25) April 25, 1987
Santa Ana, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2010, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .221
Home runs 98
Runs batted in 316
Stolen bases 64

Daniel Richard Espinosa (born April 25, 1987) is a Mexican-American professional baseball infielder for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Amateur career

Espinosa attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.[1] He then enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, to play college baseball for the Long Beach State Dirtbags.[2] He played shortstop and batted .303 with 11 home runs and 98 runs batted in (RBIs) in his three-year career.[3] As a freshman, he was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year.[4]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Washington Nationals selected Espinosa in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.[5] Espinosa spent the rest of the 2008 summer with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, where he batted .328. The following year he was promoted to the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, and hit .264 with a .375 on-base percentage while hitting 18 home runs with 72 RBIs and 29 steals, and was a High-A and Carolina League All Star.[3][4] He began 2010 with the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League, hitting .262 with 18 home runs, before being promoted to the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League. With Syracuse, he hit .295 with four home runs and was just the second player in all of organized baseball to reach 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2010.[3][6] At Syracuse, Espinosa, who had played shortstop for his college and minor league career, was shifted to second base, since Ian Desmond was already playing shortstop for the Nationals.

Washington Nationals

When the major league rosters expanded on September 1, 2010, Espinosa was called up to the majors for the first time.[7] He appeared in his first game that night. In his first at bat, he hit a ground ball to second base that took an odd hop and went into right field, allowing Espinosa to turn it into an RBI double when he saw that the right fielder hadn't charged the ball.[8] On September 6, 2010 against the New York Mets, in his first game at Nationals Park, Espinosa went 4 for 5, with two home runs (the second and third of his career) including a grand slam and six RBI.[9] Espinosa played in the Puerto Rican winter league after the 2010 season.

Espinosa had a productive 2011 season, hitting 21 home runs and stealing 17 bases. He finished 6th in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting.[10] He was also hit by a pitch 19 times, tied for first with Justin Upton.[11]

Espinosa began the 2012 season in an extended slump, hitting only .205 in April with 2 RBIs. He rebounded after the All-Star break, hitting .300 in July.[12] Espinosa finished the 2012 season leading the National league in strikeouts with 189. He hit 17 home runs while also stealing 20 bases.

Espinosa began the 2013 season in a slump, hitting only .171 through mid-May. Espinosa was consequently sent down to the AAA club at Syracuse and batted .216 with 2 home runs, 22 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases over 75 games for the rest of his season in the minors.[13] In April 2014 he added another 3 home-run to his baseball career along with .291 in batting and .831 on-base plus slugging.[14]

The following two seasons, Espinosa was a utility player for the Nationals, playing all the infield positions and left field. In 2016, Espinosa was named the starting shortstop for the Nationals and played the whole season only at shortstop. He set career highs in home runs with 24 and RBI's with 72.

Los Angeles Angels

After the 2016 season, the Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton, with the intent of moving Trea Turner to shortstop.[15] The Nationals then traded Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels for pitchers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin on December 10, 2016.[16]

Espinosa's first hit as an Angel was a big three-run home run in the ninth inning that put Los Angeles ahead, 7-6, in his second game with the team. The Angels closed out the win in the bottom of the ninth, making Espinosa's home run the game-winning hit.[17] In his lone season with the team, Espinosa struggled offensively through the first half of the season, hitting under .170 in 75 games. On July 16, Espinosa was designated for assignment.[18] He was released on July 22.[19]

Seattle Mariners

He signed a major league contract with the Seattle Mariners on July 23, 2017.[20] He was released on August 20.[21]

Tampa Bay Rays

On August 25, 2017, Espinosa signed a major league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[22] He was outrighted by the Rays on September 25th to make room for the 40-man roster.

Yankees / Blue Jays / Dodgers

Espinosa signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on January 29, 2018.[23] He was released on March 12.[24] On March 17, he signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, and was invited to spring training.[25] He was released on April 29[26] and a week later, on May 6, signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he had nine hits in 60 at-bats before he was released on May 30.[27]

Philadelphia Phillies

On June 22, 2018, Espinosa signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[28] He was released on August 8, 2018.

Acereros de Monclova

On August 14, 2018, Espinosa signed with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League.[29]

Personal life

Espinosa is of Mexican-American descent. He and his wife, Sara, had their first child, Ty in 2016.[30] Espinosa represented team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[31]


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  28. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/06/phillies-sign-danny-espinosa-minors.html
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