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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Danny Espinosa went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the Angels' 11-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
It's the first time this year that Espinosa has had three hits in a nine-inning game (he did get a third hit in the 10th inning of a win April 11). His batting average jumped to .165, which is the highest it's been since the beginning of May. If he can just start hitting even .200 or so, he'll deserve to be the Angels' everyday second baseman; it's not like the team has any quality alternatives. He's been losing playing time because of his struggles. Jun 8 - 5:04 PM

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Danny Espinosa is not in Monday's lineup against the Rays.

Nolan Fontana will get the nod at second base in his major league debut. Espinosa went 1-for-3 with two walks on Sunday, but he's batting just .152/.242/.280 through 42 games this season.
May 22 - 3:24 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three runs scored Wednesday against the White Sox.

The results still haven't really been there, but Espinosa is looking a lot better and hitting the ball harder in recent days. He's still batting a measly .152 for the season.
May 18 - 2:01 AM

Danny Espinosa is not in the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Espinosa is sitting for the second time in four days. He's hitless in his last 25 at-bats and is batting a miserable .150 for the season. Cliff Pennington will draw the start at second base and bat seventh against Astros righty Lance McCullers.
May 6 - 5:01 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

Espinosa is in the midst of a brutal 0-for-19 slump, so consider this a clear-the-head kind of day for the 30-year-old infielder. Cliff Pennington will man second and is hitting eighth in his place in Wednesday's game.
May 3 - 6:48 PM

Danny Espinosa finished hitless in six at-bats with three strikeouts in Tuesday's win in Seattle.

Espinosa is slumping hard, going 2-for-38 over his past 11 outings to drop his average from a season-best .232 to .160 just since April 19. He cannot be trusted across any fantasy league until he re-discovers his power stroke.
May 3 - 3:01 AM

Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.

Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats.
Apr 30 - 12:18 AM

Danny Espinosa doubled twice Wednesday in the loss to the Astros.

He had the Angels' only extra-base hits against Dallas Keuchel. With a .232 average and .683 OPS, Espinosa has sadly been one of the team's best hitters so far. HIs value is limited to AL-only leagues.
Apr 19 - 11:55 PM

Danny Espinosa finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the Angels' loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Espinosa is now batting just .200 with a .629 OPS through 48 regular-season plate appearances, though he does have three home runs and 12 RBI. The 29-year-old infielder posted a career-high 24 home runs last season with the Nationals, though it came alongside a weak .684 OPS.
Apr 16 - 5:49 PM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a homer in the Angels' 6-5 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Espinosa homered off Sam Dyson to open the three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. The Angels won in the 10th on Carlos Perez's safety squeeze that scored Cameron Maybin. Espinosa doubled his hit total for the season in this one. He actually has more RBI (eight) than hits (six) through 28 at-bats.
Apr 12 - 2:19 AM

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 7-6 win over the A's on Tuesday.

Ryan Dull failed to bury his 0-2 slider, and Espinosa yanked the ball out of the park for his first hit in eight at-bats with the Angels. It is the home run ball that comprises most of what Espinosa has to offer offensively. He finished with 24 in a 2016 season in which he batted just .209 with 15 doubles and 174 strikeouts in 516 at-bats. He did walk 54 times, but 12 of those were intentional. His OBP figures to sink this year now that he's no longer hitting in front of the pitcher.
Apr 5 - 2:01 AM

Danny Espinosa went 1-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs as the Angels rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play on Friday.

His two-run double off M's starter Ariel Miranda in the second inning got the Angels on the board and was more than enough to stand up. Set to open the year as the Halo's starting second baseman, Espinosa is hitting just .229 with no homers, seven RBI and a pair of stolen bases this spring.
Mar 24 - 11:02 PM

Alex Meyer didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers, allowing five hits, five runs (four earned) and three walks over 2 1/3 innings.

He recorded two fly outs, one groundout and four strikeouts. The Rangers went to work right away, pounding Meyer for three runs in the opening frame. Meyer limited the damage to one run in the second but was lifted after creating another mess in the third. Meyer’s spring ERA shot up from 4.70 to 7.20 in the wake of Wednesday’s collapse. The 6’9" right-hander had an outside chance at winning a rotation spot earlier this spring, but now it looks like he’s probably destined for Triple-A.
Mar 22 - 8:30 PM

Danny Espinosa notched two hits and drove in a pair of runs Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers.

It’s still a little weird seeing Espinosa in an Angels uniform after so many years in Washington, but we’re slowly getting used to it. Espinosa ripped a two-run single in the first before adding another hit in the sixth. Wednesday’s outburst boosted Espinosa’s spring average from .195 to .222. Espinosa crushed a career-high 24 homers last year but also hit just .209 with 174 strikeouts.
Mar 22 - 8:27 PM

Angels and INF Danny Espinosa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.425 million contract.

Espinosa made $2.9 million last year. This was his last go-around with the arbitration process and he will be a free agent next offseason. This seems like a lot of money for a career .226/.302/.388 hitter, but it makes more sense when you factor in his solid defense. The 29-year-old drilled 24 home runs for the Nationals in 2016, although his scary .209 batting average sapped much of his fantasy value. Espinosa was traded to the Angels a month ago and is expected to start at second base in the coming season.
Jan 12 - 9:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
8J.C. Ramirez
9Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Cam Bedrosian
3Huston Street
4Andrew Bailey
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Yusmeiro Petit
8David Hernandez
9Keynan Middleton
10Eduardo Paredes