Santiago Espinal

Santiago Espinal

29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Toronto Blue Jays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Espinal is one of those players who is much more useful to a real baseball manager than he is to a fantasy manager. Espinal offers John Schneider someone who can play three positions on the infield as well as a high-contact hitter for situational hitting opportunities as they are presented. Those things are not valued as much in fantasy where Espinal's lack of power and speed limit his production to what he can do with batting average. Life was good in 2021 when he was a surprising .311 hitter but that has faded each of the past two seasons as the BABIP luck dragons have stopped fighting for him and are now working against him. The dual position eligibility is helpful on AL-Only draft days in the end game, but there is no fantasy upside hiding in the weeds here. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a $2.725 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2024.
Agrees to terms
2BToronto Blue Jays
January 11, 2024
Espinal agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old utility player saw 20-plus games at second base and third base last season while playing 16 games at shortstop. His defensive versatility makes him more valuable in real life than in fantasy.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
10
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
7
12
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .760 343 41 4 38 3 .298 .356 .404
Since 2021vs Right .671 648 72 7 55 11 .260 .320 .351
2023vs Left .657 116 14 1 16 0 .252 .302 .355
2023vs Right .633 138 16 1 9 2 .244 .316 .317
2022vs Left .826 128 16 3 15 1 .301 .375 .451
2022vs Right .646 363 35 4 36 5 .256 .304 .342
2021vs Left .796 99 11 0 7 2 .348 .394 .402
2021vs Right .771 147 21 2 10 4 .285 .363 .408
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .735 514 56 6 51 7 .292 .340 .395
Since 2021Away .665 477 57 5 42 7 .252 .324 .341
2023Home .658 145 16 1 16 2 .263 .313 .346
2023Away .625 109 14 1 9 0 .227 .306 .320
2022Home .737 232 20 3 26 2 .298 .338 .399
2022Away .651 259 31 4 25 4 .238 .309 .342
2021Home .812 137 20 2 9 3 .312 .372 .440
2021Away .740 109 12 0 8 3 .309 .380 .361
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Stat Review
How does Santiago Espinal compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
14.2%
 
BABIP
.285
 
ISO
.087
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.310
 
SLG
.335
 
OPS
.644
 
wOBA
.288
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.6%
 
Barrels/PA
0.8%
 
Expected BA
.256
 
Expected SLG
.336
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
43.5%
 
Line Drive %
22.3%
 
Fly Ball %
34.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
Espinal was projected to be a utility player for Toronto, but the club had to pull the plug on the Cavan Biggio project and Espinal rewarded the club's investment into him with strong defense and timely hitting around its more well-known thumpers. Espinal did not do any one thing well from a fantasy perspective, but the batting average did not hurt, the six steals helped, and 50+ runs and RBI's for a player that could play three spots in season and was an end-game selection in AL-only formats was nice to have. He only has multi-eligbility in leagues where 10 games is enough to qualify, but is likely to once again have in-season flexibility even if he is hitting 9th in this talented lineup with little offensive upside.
The 27-year-old hit a surprising .311 with two homers and six steals over 222 at-bats last year, and Espinal heads into Opening Day as the Blue Jays' top infield utility player. Cavan Biggio is hardly a lock to keep the starting second base job, however, and if his 2021 struggles continue, Espinal could once again get more playing time than expected.
The expanded roster and a pre-season injury to Brandon Drury gave Espinal an opening to make his major-league debut in 2020. Bo Bichette's knee injury further allowed Espinal to make 21 appearances at shortstop, as well as a few games at third base. That versatility is Espinal's calling card, as he's appeared at every position besides right field, first base and catcher during his career. He'll need that defensive versatility to stick in the big leagues, as he offers a contact-heavy profile with very little else at the plate. As the Blue Jays' roster currently stands, Espinal would have the chance to start at either second or third base, though it's been rumored that the team is in the market for infield help. Espinal would be the first to lose his job in that scenario, and even if he enters the season as a starter along the infield, he's unlikely to meaningfully contribute in any offensive category.
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Hits bench Sunday
2BToronto Blue Jays
September 3, 2023
Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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Returns to bench
2BToronto Blue Jays
August 20, 2023
Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
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Nabs fourth straight start
2BToronto Blue Jays
August 16, 2023
Espinal will start at third base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
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Activated from injured list
2BToronto Blue Jays
June 6, 2023
Espinal (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Third rehab game Saturday
2BToronto Blue Jays
Hamstring
June 2, 2023
Espinal (hamstring) is slated for a third rehab game Saturday with Low-A Dunedin, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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