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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 doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 effort as the Nationals topped the Braves 6-1 on Tuesday.
Espinosa sparked a four-run first inning with an RBI double. He later scored on a Wilson Ramos single. He singled to lead off the third inning and eventually scored following A.J. Pierzynski's throwing error. Espinosa had been slumping, batting .107 (3-for-28) since June 20. He's batting .259/.336/.438 overall with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and 37 runs scored. Jun 30 - 10:40 PM

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Danny Espinosa was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base Friday against the Pirates.

Espinosa got the start at shortstop Friday with the struggling Ian Desmond on the bench. The 28-year-old has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats, pulling his batting average up from .246 to .272 on the year. With eight home runs and an .828 OPS through 59 games, he's been one of the Nationals' most productive players this season.
Jun 19 - 9:54 PM

Danny Espinosa went 5-for-5 with three runs scored as the Nationals demolished the Rays on Tuesday.

Three of Espinosa's singles went to the outfield; two stayed in the infield. Five total hits sets a new career high for the 28-year-old, who had previously logged four hits in a game three times, including earlier this year against the Braves. Espinosa has been productive this year, batting .267/.356/.461 with eight home runs, 18 RBI, and 34 runs scored. Espinosa has played everywhere in the infield for the Nats, including first base, and should continue seeing regular at-bats with Ryan Zimmerman sidelined.
Jun 16 - 10:50 PM

Danny Espinosa is making his first career start at first base on Saturday.

Espinosa has developed into quite the utility man for the Nationals this season, as this will be the fifth different position that he has appeared at. With Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf, this could become a regular scenario if he proves he can handle the position defensively.
Jun 13 - 1:20 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged Wednesday that Danny Espinosa may be tried in the outfield.

"Yeah, have to try to find a space for him to play," Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. "It’s important to do that." Espinosa has been working on his outfield defense on the side for over a week and could get his first career start sometime this weekend. The 28-year-old went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double on Wednesday and boasts an .842 OPS for the season.
Source: Nats Insider
Jun 11 - 10:17 AM

Danny Espinosa's three-run homer powered the Nationals to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday.

Espinosa also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4 with three RBI. His mammoth blast to left-center in the second inning came off Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada and gave the Nationals an early 3-0 lead which they wouldn't relinquish. He's having a very solid season for the Nats, slashing .253/.355/.452 with seven homers and 17 RBI.
Jun 5 - 10:10 PM

Danny Espinosa is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

Dan Uggla will get the start in his place and hit seventh against Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Look for Espinosa to be back in at his regular spot on Sunday.
May 23 - 1:03 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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