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Danny Espinosa

27-Year-Old Second Baseman – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

AVG

.219

HR

8

RBI

27

R

31

SB

8

2015 RotoWire Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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 ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 204   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 deal with the Nationals in January 2015, avoiding arbitration.

February 22, 2015  –  Danny Espinosa News

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Although Espinosa is focused on learning to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching this spring, he won't completely abandon his swing from the left side, the Washington Post reports.

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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
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3-Year Averages     106 394 361 41 81 30 20 1 9 31 9 2 22 119 1 1 9 .224 .285 .360 .645
Career  (View All)     504 1,959 1,761 212 402 159 93 11 55 176 46 15 134 554 9 8 47 .228 .299 .387 .686

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position     ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

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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
Sep. 28 Mia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219 .283 .351 .634
Sep. 27 Mia Did not play.
Sep. 26 Mia 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .221 .285 .353 .638
Sep. 26 Mia Did not play.
Sep. 25 NYM 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .223 .285 .357 .642
Sep. 25 NYM 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .285 .358 .643
Sep. 24 NYM Did not play.
Sep. 23 NYM Did not play.
Sep. 21 @Mia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .219 .283 .356 .639
Sep. 20 @Mia Did not play.
Sep. 19 @Mia Did not play.
Sep. 18 @Mia Did not play.
Sep. 17 @Atl 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 .222 .286 .361 .647
Sep. 16 @Atl Did not play.
Sep. 15 @Atl Did not play.
Sep. 14 @NYM 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .220 .284 .361 .645
Sep. 13 @NYM Did not play.
Sep. 12 @NYM Did not play.
Sep. 11 @NYM Did not play.
Sep. 10 Atl 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .219 .281 .361 .642
Sep. 9 Atl 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .219 .281 .363 .644
Sep. 8 Atl Did not play.
Sep. 7 Phi Did not play.
Sep. 6 Phi Did not play.
Sep. 5 Phi Did not play.
Sep. 3 @LAD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .216 .279 .357 .636
Sep. 2 @LAD Did not play.
Sep. 1 @LAD Did not play.
Aug. 31 @Sea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .279 .357 .636
Aug. 30 @Sea Did not play.
Last 7 Days 13 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .517
Last 14 Days 20 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .273 .200 .473
Last 30 Days 28 2 7 1 0 0 0 1 11 1 0 2 0 2 .250 .323 .286 .609

Danny Espinosa: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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
2014103123105.301.485.859
2013322130.125.313.529
20121672531512.281.431.775

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014230195173.183.291.532
20131269291.167.262.448
20124275714418.234.391.694

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014166175164.259.398.709
2013747281.162.297.482
20122913972612.254.388.712

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014167143114.180.305.561
2013844140.155.250.450
20123034310308.241.416.721
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
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3-Year Averages     394 361 5.6% 30.2% 0.18 67% .309 .136
Career     1,959 1,761 6.8% 28.3% 0.24 69% .301 .159

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2014 Stat Review for Danny Espinosa    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.219 AVG
TERRIBLE
63% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.320 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

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.351 SLG
POOR
.132 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.15 BB/K
TERRIBLE
4.9% BB Rate
POOR
33.5% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

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.634 OPS
TERRIBLE
.283 OBP
TERRIBLE

2015 Projected Stats Breakdown for Danny Espinosa

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Danny Espinosa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Espinosa will hit exclusively from the right side during spring training, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Espinosa agreed to terms on a deal with the Nationals for the 2015 season to avoid arbitration.

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Nationals manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that while Espinosa won't completely give up switch-hitting during spring training, he will attempt to hit right-handed versus some right-handed pitchers to get a feel for the matchup, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports. "I worry about guys that have never done it, getting out of the way of a ball that's thrown up and in from a right-hander," Williams said. "Anybody that's hit righty-righty knows that the ball chases you... He's done it in batting practice, but that's a controlled situation. Once you get in a game it's a completely different deal."

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Espinosa was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

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Espinosa, replacing Asdrubal Cabrera (oblique) at second base on Sunday, went 2-for-2 with his eighth home run of the season.

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Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

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The addition of Asdrubal Cabrera will return Espinosa to a bench role.

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Espinosa got his second straight start at second base on Monday, going 1-for-4 with two RBI.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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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.