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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Danny Espinosa collected four hits in five at-bats to help the Nationals earn a win against the Braves on Wednesday.
All four hits were singles. He singled and scored in the fourth inning, knocked in a run with a single in the seventh, and singled and scored in the ninth. It's only the second multi-hit game of the season for Espinosa, who is now hitting .277/.404/.468 with two home runs, five RBI, and 10 runs scored. Apr 29 - 10:05 PM

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Danny Espinosa hit a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Phillies.

It was his second home run of the season. There was a lot of talk about Espinosa giving up switch-hitting, but he has seen really good results from the left side of the plate in the early going. He has been seeing an uptick in playing time after Dan Uggla's slow start and that should continue, especially if Yunel Escobar needs to miss some time.
Apr 17 - 10:10 PM

Danny Espinosa has resumed switch-hitting.

Espinosa batted exclusively from the right side during spring training, but he hit lefty late during Saturday's game. It's possible he'll hit some right-handed against righties if he feels comfortable versus that particular pitcher. "It’s a mutual decision," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We want him to be free of mind when he gets out there. He hit a lot right-handed in spring, so he’s got experience doing that so if he gets a match-up that he feels comfortable with, righty-righty, he can do that."
Apr 12 - 10:29 AM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, lowering his spring average to .137.

Espinosa, now exclusively a right-handed hitter after giving up switch-hitting, has looked so bad this spring that he probably won't be a part of the starting lineup even with Anthony Rendon bound for the disabled list. Most likely, he'll back up Dan Uggla at second and Yunel Escobar at third.
Mar 31 - 4:46 PM

Danny Espinosa homered, walked and scored twice against the Mets on Thursday.

Espinosa has given up switch-hitting in favor of hitting righty against right-handers. Today's homer, though, came off a lefty in Steven Matz. Espinosa is expected to serve as a utilityman this year, though there's always the chance he could outplay Yunel Escobar and win the second base job.
Mar 12 - 6:14 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed Saturday that Danny Espinosa will hit exclusively from the right side of the plate in 2015.

It's a move the Nationals have tried to get Espinosa to make for a while, and the infielder has apparently finally agreed. The 27-year-old sports a nice .271/.343/.460 career batting line against lefties but has hit a paltry .213/.283/.362 versus righties. Espinosa is slated to be a backup infielder for the Nats this season.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 8 - 11:46 AM

Nationals and 2B Danny Espinosa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

It's significantly below the $2.3 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Espinosa has hit just .200/.255/.326 over the last two seasons and is slated for a bench role in 2015.
Jan 15 - 9:58 PM

MLB.com's William Ladson reports that the Nationals will have Danny Espinosa start the season on the bench.

The Nationals acquired Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Wednesday, settling their middle infield along with shortstop Ian Desmond. As a result, Espinosa lost his starting job at second base. This could change, however, as the Nationals are still shopping Desmond, who can become a free agent after the season. Should Desmond depart, Escobar would slide over to shortstop and Espinosa would reclaim second base. For now, the Nationals are happy to have Espinosa's speed and defense as an option off the bench.
Jan 15 - 1:12 PM

The Nationals are considering asking Danny Espinosa to give up switch-hitting.

Espinosa, who is naturally right-handed, has hit .271 with an .804 OPS as a right-handed hitter against left-handed pitching in his career. Meanwhile, he has hit just .213 with a .646 OPS as a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitching. That doesn't mean that those numbers will automatically translate if he becomes a full-time right-handed hitter, but it's worth a shot for someone who has gone from a starting second baseman to a bench player.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Danny Espinosa smacked a three-run home run, his only hit in four at-bats, as the Nationals skated to a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Espinosa took Jon Niese yard in the sixth with two on, doubling the Nats' lead to 6-0 at the time. It was his first start since the trade deadline, when the club acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Aside from Wednesday's blast, his first since May 12, Espinosa has had little to write home about at the plate, slashing .221/.285/.361 with six homers and 25 RBI.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Danny Espinosa had a rough day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Cubs, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

He'll never be counted on to deliver a high average, but he's been a mighty disappointment slashing just .219/.286/.351 with six homers and 17 RBI on the season. At this point, he shouldn't have any use outside of NL-only formats.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Espinosa came up with the bases loaded in the third inning and delivered a single, one of his three on the night. He's got a small six-game hitting streak in which he's 10-for-22 with five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman returning as an outfielder, it appears Espinosa will hang onto his starting second base spot for the time being.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 09:10:00 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

It's another start for Kevin Frandsen against a right-handed starter. It looks like Espinosa has played his way out of an opportunity here.
Tue, May 27, 2014 03:09:00 PM

After striking out in each of his first three at-bats, Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer Monday in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

Anthony Rendon and Espinosa both hit two-run homers to supply all of the scoring in the game. Espinosa's homer off Pedro Baez, who was making his major league debut, served to put the game away in the eighth. His K/BB ratio is an ugly 28/4 after his recent slump, but with four homers and four steals, he's been useful in fantasy leagues with Ryan Zimmerman out.
Tue, May 6, 2014 01:54:00 AM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with his third homer and his third steal Wednesday versus the Astros.

All three of Espinosa's homers have come in his last 11 games. His average has dropped a bit, but that figured to happen. As long as he continues to show some power, he'll be a useful mixed-league infielder while Ryan Zimmerman is out.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 11:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Michael Taylor
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Erik Davis
10Matt Grace
11Sammy Solis