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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 belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Orioles.
Espinosa took Mychal Givens deep in the seventh inning with an opposite field shot that cut the Orioles' lead to one. Unfortunately for the Nationals, that's as close as they would get. It was Espinosa's first longball since a two-homer game back on July 3, as he's predictably fallen off at the plate after his monster June. Aug 22 - 10:05 PM

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Danny Espinosa hit a pair of home runs -- including a grand slam -- in Sunday's 12-1 win over the Reds.

Espinosa launched a grand slam off Reds starter John Lamb in the fourth inning, but that was far from his only damage on the afternoon. He would also add an RBI single in the fifth inning before polishing off his lovely performance with a modest solo homer in the seventh inning. He finished the game 4-for-5 with a healthy six RBI. For the season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .241/.341/.479 with 18 homers and 49 RBI across 261 at-bats. Espinosa's career-high for home runs is 21 (2011). Given the sizzling bat he is currently swinging, he could theoretically match that mark before the All-Star Break, though it would take a week like the one he just put forth. Espinosa has homered five times in his last four games, with two multi-homer games in that mix.
Jul 3 - 6:44 PM

Danny Espinosa led the charge with two home runs and seven RBI as the Nationals routed the Reds 13-4 on Thursday.

Espinosa made his two hits count, cranking a grand slam off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning before launching a three-run blast a frame later. It was a strong finish to what was an impressive month for the 29-year-old, as he closes June with nine homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored in the month. Espinosa is doing everything he can to keep Trea Turner in the minors for another day.
Jul 1 - 12:31 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Jonathan Papelbon
3Shawn Kelley
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Sammy Solis
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Marc Rzepczynski
9Matt Belisle
10Aaron Barrett