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Danny Espinosa

29-Year-Old Second Baseman – Washington Nationals

2016 Stats

AVG

.228

HR

13

RBI

34

R

33

SB

4

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Espinosa began to find his way out of the wilderness in 2015 following two lost seasons at the plate. After spring training experiments with abandoning switch-hitting went nowhere, he rediscovered his...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 206   DOB: 4/25/1987   BORN: Santa Ana, CA   COLLEGE: Long Beach State   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Danny Espinosa Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million deal with the Nationals in January 2016, avoiding arbitration.

June 27, 2016  –  Danny Espinosa News

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Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a double, a steal, two RBI and a run Monday against the Mets.

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Danny Espinosa Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2008 21 A VER 19 85 64 8 21 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 17 17 3 1 0 .328 .476 .359 .835
2009 22 A POT 133 563 474 90 125 53 31 4 18 72 29 11 74 129 10 5 0 .264 .375 .460 .835
2010 23 AA HAR 99 434 386 66 100 38 16 4 18 54 20 8 33 94 3 2 10 .259 .332 .461 .793
2010 23 AAA SYR 24 108 95 14 28 7 2 1 4 15 5 3 8 22 2 2 1 .295 .349 .463 .812
2010 23 MAJ WAS 28 112 103 16 22 11 4 1 6 15 0 2 9 30 0 0 0 .214 .277 .447 .723
2011 24 MAJ WAS 158 658 573 72 135 55 29 5 21 66 17 6 57 166 5 4 19 .236 .323 .414 .737
2012 25 MAJ WAS 160 658 594 82 147 56 37 2 17 56 20 6 46 189 3 2 13 .247 .315 .402 .717
2013 26 AAA SYR 75 313 283 32 61 15 12 1 2 22 6 1 19 101 2 2 7 .216 .280 .286 .566
2013 26 MAJ WAS 44 167 158 11 25 12 9 0 3 12 1 0 4 47 1 1 3 .158 .193 .272 .465
2014 27 MAJ WAS 114 364 333 31 73 25 14 3 8 27 8 1 18 122 0 1 12 .219 .283 .351 .634
2015 28 MAJ WAS 118 412 367 59 88 35 21 1 13 37 5 2 33 106 3 3 6 .240 .311 .409 .720
2016 29 MAJ WAS 76 286 241 33 55 20 7 0 13 34 4 0 27 66 3 3 12 .228 .332 .419 .751
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3-Year Averages     92 313 286 33 62 23 14 1 8 25 4 1 18 91 1 1 7 .217 .279 .357 .635
Career  (View All)     698 2,657 2,369 304 545 214 121 12 81 247 55 17 194 726 15 14 65 .230 .304 .394 .698

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Danny Espinosa Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jun. 29 NYM 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .336 .424 .760
Jun. 28 NYM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228 .332 .419 .751
Jun. 27 NYM 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .229 .326 .421 .747
Jun. 26 @Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .321 .413 .734
Jun. 25 @Mil 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .322 .415 .737
Jun. 24 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .319 .415 .734
Jun. 22 @LAD 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .320 .420 .740
Jun. 21 @LAD 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220 .317 .414 .731
Jun. 20 @LAD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .310 .397 .707
Jun. 19 @SD 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .314 .403 .717
Jun. 18 @SD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .216 .313 .390 .703
Jun. 17 @SD 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218 .310 .394 .704
Jun. 16 @SD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .217 .311 .396 .707
Jun. 15 ChC 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .220 .313 .402 .715
Jun. 14 ChC 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .224 .315 .410 .725
Jun. 13 ChC 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .223 .312 .411 .723
Jun. 12 Phi 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .220 .304 .410 .714
Jun. 11 Phi Did not play.
Jun. 10 Phi 4 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .300 .393 .693
Jun. 9 @CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .292 .370 .662
Jun. 8 @CWS 5 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206 .296 .376 .672
Jun. 7 @CWS 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .196 .289 .348 .637
Jun. 5 @Cin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .196 .291 .346 .637
Jun. 4 @Cin 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .199 .292 .352 .644
Jun. 3 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .291 .335 .626
Jun. 1 @Phi 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .296 .341 .637
May. 31 @Phi 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .297 .325 .622
May. 30 @Phi 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .198 .298 .309 .607
May. 29 StL 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .201 .299 .314 .613
May. 28 StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .294 .314 .608
Last 7 Days 16 3 6 3 0 0 5 6 4 1 0 1 1 0 .375 .542 .563 1.105
Last 14 Days 38 6 10 3 0 2 7 8 10 2 0 4 1 1 .263 .431 .500 .931
Last 30 Days 90 22 25 5 0 8 16 13 25 3 0 5 1 3 .278 .394 .600 .994

Danny Espinosa: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 77
2015 5 81 16 8 5 5
2014 89 12
2013 43 1
2012 126 36
2011 158
2010 25 2

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Danny Espinosa Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201659105100.237.559.852
20158818352.261.409.753
2014103123105.301.485.859

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016182238244.225.374.718
20152794110323.233.409.709
2014230195173.183.291.532

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201699155133.232.404.746
2015184216163.217.380.664
2014166175164.259.398.709

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016142188211.225.430.755
2015183387212.262.437.774
2014167143114.180.305.561
Danny Espinosa Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2008 21 A VER 85 64 20% 20% 1.00 73% .447 .031
2009 22 A POT 563 474 13.1% 22.9% 0.57 73% .327 .196
2010 23 AA HAR 434 386 7.6% 21.7% 0.35 76% .299 .202
2010 23 AAA SYR 108 95 7.4% 20.4% 0.36 77% .348 .168
2010 23 MAJ WAS 112 103 8% 26.8% 0.30 71% .239 .233
2011 24 MAJ WAS 658 573 8.7% 25.2% 0.34 71% .295 .178
2012 25 MAJ WAS 658 594 7% 28.7% 0.24 68% .335 .155
2013 26 AAA SYR 313 283 6.1% 32.3% 0.19 64% .328 .070
2013 26 MAJ WAS 167 158 2.4% 28.1% 0.09 70% .204 .114
2014 27 MAJ WAS 364 333 4.9% 33.5% 0.15 63% .320 .132
2015 28 MAJ WAS 412 367 8% 25.7% 0.31 71% .302 .169
2016 29 MAJ WAS 286 241 9.4% 23.1% 0.41 73% .259 .191
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3-Year Averages     313 286 5.8% 29.1% 0.20 68% .289 .140
Career     2,657 2,369 7.3% 27.3% 0.27 69% .297 .164

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2016 Stat Review for Danny Espinosa    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.228 AVG
POOR
73% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.259 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.419 SLG
AVERAGE
.191 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.41 BB/K
AVERAGE
9.4% BB Rate
GOOD
23.1% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.751 OPS
AVERAGE
.332 OBP
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Danny Espinosa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Espinosa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

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Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

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Espinosa went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Sunday at the Padres.

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Espinosa went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run against the Cubs on Monday.

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Espinosa went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, his 10th home run of the season, and two runs scored in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Phillies.

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Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo homer and three runs against the White Sox on Wednesday.

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Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a two-run shot, his sixth home run of the season, in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

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Espinosa was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Friday night.

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Espinosa is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

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Espinosa went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that ended up being the difference in a 3-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday.

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Espinosa went 0-for-4 in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon, dropping his season line to .185/.292/.272.

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Espinosa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

Once upon a time, Espinosa was a promising middle-infield prospect who offered the possibility of 20-20 production while supplying excellent defense at either shortstop or second base. Strikeouts ate his bat, however, as strikeouts are wont to do, and last season's .219/.283/.351 line in 333 at-bats off the Nationals' bench was actually an improvement over what he did in 2013. Buried within that ugly slash line was an extreme split: .301/.374/.485 versus left-handed pitching and .183/.241/.291 versus righties. Espinosa has now indicated that he's finally going to abandon switch-hitting, and while that doesn't mean he'll improve against right-handed pitching, he certainly can't do much worse. If he finds himself in a platoon role, or miraculously discovers that a righty vs. righty matchup isn't all that bad, he could turn his career around yet. The Nats acquired Yunel Escobar to take over at second base, so if Espinosa does find his stroke again, he may have to content himself with a supersub role.

2014

There's no telling whether the complete disintegration of Espinosa's ability to make contact was a product of injuries (he entered the season with a tear in his left rotator cuff and then promptly injured his right wrist) or simply the end result of the same poor approach he's always had. Either way it's hard to imagine he's got much of a major league future after a campaign as awful as his 2013. Still, he's a switch-hitting middle infielder with a slick glove and power potential, so if the Nationals give up on him he'll likely land a bench job somewhere. Stranger things have happened than a player with Espinosa's talent finally figuring things out, but not by much.

2013

His power/speed numbers and eligibility at both middle-infield positions make Espinosa an attractive fantasy target, but there's a major flaw in his game that prevents him from becoming an elite second baseman. He's a switch-hitter in name only, striking out in a ghastly 30.3 percent of his port-side at-bats in 2012, and no matter how you do the rest of the time, there is no way to be really successful when you are spotting pitchers that many outs. Until he learns to make better contact against right-handers, or the Nationals find a platoon partner of some kind for him, he will remain a batting average killer and a player whose performance will never quite match his potential.

2012

Espinosa had an intriguing rookie season putting up numbers similar to his minor league campaigns. He should continue to produce 20 home runs for years to come, however, his OBP is not likely to be above .330 if his strikeout rate remains as high as it was in 2011 (25.2 percent). As a switch-hitter, Espinosa is much stronger from the right side of the plate producing a .373 wOBA, but that was due in part to a much higher BABIP. He has above average range at second base, and should post a similar line with a few more home runs in 2012.

2011

Although he struggled in his big league debut, Espinosa ended up recording a 25 HR-25 SB season over three levels and firmly established himself as a big part of the Nationals' infield future. Ian Desmond's presence means that he'll begin 2011 at second base but Espinosa has plenty of arm for shortstop and might yet end up there down the road, while at the plate his value will be limited somewhat by the amount of empty air in his swing. In fantasy terms though his power-speed combo will make him a very popular figure no matter which middle-infield spot he plays.

2010

Espinosa displayed good power, patience and speed last season at High-A, but he's already 22 years old and hasn't yet shown if his glove will play at shortstop as he moves up. The Nationals would also probably like to see him make more consistent contact, but for now he should comfortably be considered the club's second baseman of the future, with a major league ETA of 2011 or so.