30-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Espinosa started 157 games at shortstop for the Nationals in 2016, but his relationship with the team became strained this offseason when Washington acquired Adam Eaton, signaling a move for Trea Turn...
Danny Espinosa Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Mariners in July of 2017. Released by the Mariners in August of 2017.
Espinosa was released by the Mariners on Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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|2017 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||LAA/SEA||85||271||244||29||40||16||10||0||6||31||4||5||20||98||1||2||4||.164||.237||.279||.516|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Danny Espinosa||3-Year Averages||129||457||405||52||89||32||16||1||15||45||7||1||35||134||3||2||12||.220||.300||.375||.675|
|Career (View All)||864||3,243||2,888||366||638||249||139||12||98||316||64||24||241||932||20||17||77||.221||.297||.379||.676|
Danny Espinosa: MLB Games Played By Position
Danny Espinosa Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2017 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||LAA/SEA||271||244||7.4%||36.2%||0.20||60%||.239||.115|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Danny Espinosa||3-Year Averages||457||405||7.7%||29.3%||0.26||67%||.287||.155|
Danny Espinosa Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Danny Espinosa As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
Danny Espinosa: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 stroke from the left side of the plate and hit a respectable .261/.343/.409 against right-handed pitchers in 88 at-bats. It's a small sample size to be sure, but any offense Espinosa can supply is a bonus as it's his glove that keeps him in the majors. He was outstanding defensively in 81 games at second base last season, and the Nats began transitioning him to a super-utility role by using him at all three other infield spots as well as left field, the first time in his career he's played anything other than second or short. He could open the season as the team's starter at shortstop, while Trea Turner continues to develop, and once Turner is ready to take over, Espinosa could be needed as an injury replacement at another position.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.