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Danny Espinosa | Shortstop | #8

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 206
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored Wednesday against the White Sox.
It's his first two-hit game since May 19 and his first three-hit game of the year. Everyone wants Trea Turner at shortstop for the Nationals, but Espinosa has his OPS up to .672 now. Combined with his plus defense, that's decent enough to make him a solid regular. Jun 9 - 12:05 AM

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Danny Espinosa socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

Espinosa has now homered in back-to-back games. It’s nice to see him finally pick things up, but it’s likely just a matter of time before top prospect Trea Turner takes over at shortstop. Even with the power over the past two days, Espinosa is batting just .203/.299/.320 over 48 games. Fortunately, he has provided value with his defense.
May 27 - 9:56 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks.
May 26 - 10:02 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying.
Apr 28 - 9:25 PM

Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and batting eighth for the Nationals in Friday's game against the Phillies.

Espinosa is hitting just .130/.276/.174 so far this season. He's going to need to pick it up with Trea Turner off to a nice start at Triple-A.
Apr 15 - 3:45 PM

Danny Espinosa picked up his first two hits of the spring Wednesday against the Marlins.

Espinosa entered the day 0-for-17. He needed this as he attempts to stay ahead of Trea Turner and Stephen Drew in the shortstop competition.
Mar 16 - 3:44 PM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is hitless in 17 at-bats this spring.

The shortstop position is there for the taking for Espinosa, but his ugly spring is leaving the door wide open for Trea Turner and Stephen Drew. Turner is hitting just .190, but he's 4-for-4 stealing bases and we know Dusty Baker wants those stolen base threats in his lineup. Drew is hitting .375 with five RBI in his 16 at-bats.
Mar 15 - 4:53 PM

Nationals and INF Danny Espinosa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million contract.

Espinosa is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He hit .240/.311/.409 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 412 plate appearances with the Nats last season.
Jan 15 - 5:57 PM

Danny Espinosa said Saturday that he wants to be the Nationals' starting shortstop in 2016.

With Ian Desmond out of the picture, the expectation is that Trea Turner would ascend to the starting job at shortstop, but Esipnosa isn't planning on making it easy on him. He also voiced his dissatisfaction with his playing time being cut in the second half of the 2015 season. The 28-year-old hit .240/.311/.409 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 412 plate appearances with the Nats last season.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Danny Espinosa (hamstring) is done for the year.

Espinosa suffered a torn hamstring on a hard slide Sunday. It's a four-week injury and there are only 10 days left in the 2015 regular season. The 28-year-old infielder will finish with a .719 OPS and 13 home runs.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:41:00 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday confirmed that Danny Espinosa has a strained right hamstring muscle.

It's a minor strain, but Espinosa probably won't see any action this week. And he might not play much in the final week of the season either. The 28-year-old infielder is sitting on a .719 OPS and 13 home runs.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 04:35:00 PM

An ultrasound revealed that Danny Espinosa has a strained right hamstring.

It's believed that Espinosa injured the hamstring on a slide during Sunday's game. He'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity, but don't count on seeing him for a while.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Nationals fell to the Rockies on Friday.

Espinosa, who has been extremely valuable in a utility role for the Nationals this season, started at second base on Friday. He's hitting .253/.324/.412 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 305 at-bats on the year.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 10:32:00 PM

Danny Espinosa (legs) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Espinosa had to leave Saturday's game after his legs cramped up, but he's fine. He's at second base and batting second versus Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis