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Danny Espinosa | Second Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Nov 12 - 10:54 AM

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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.
Aug 6 - 9:48 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.
Jun 27 - 7:16 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.
Jun 8 - 9:10 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.
May 27 - 3:09 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.
May 6 - 1:54 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.
Apr 30 - 11:28 PM

Danny Espinosa has some soreness in his right knee.

Espinosa got plunked in the knee with an Ian Kennedy fastball on Sunday and was spotted limping in the Nationals clubhouse afterward. He expects to be fine to play Tuesday after Monday's well-timed team off day. "That will be huge," Espinosa said Sunday. "I have a feeling if I had to go tomorrow, I would do it, but it wouldn’t be easy."
Apr 28 - 9:41 AM

Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Espinosa has put his newfound playing time to good use, slashing .317/.377/.524 in 69 plate appearances. Anthony Rendon, the club's regular second baseman, has been playing at third base since Ryan Zimmerman suffered a fractured thumb, leaving second base open for Espinosa. It's a massive turnaround for Espinosa, who hit so poorly last season that he was demoted to Triple-A.
Apr 24 - 11:34 PM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Espinosa, now a regular part of the Nats' lineup with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf, will see plenty of playing time in the immediate future. He strikes out a lot and doesn't walk much, but will swipe the occasional bag, making him a reasonable option in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 23 - 10:34 PM

Danny Espinosa will bat second Tuesday against the Angels.

Nationals manager Matt Williams is moving him up in the order with left-hander Tyler Skaggs on the hill for the Angels. Espinosa is receiving regular playing time with Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) on the DL and is worth considering in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 22 - 3:27 PM

Danny Espinosa smacked a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

It was Espinosa's first major league home run since last May 5. He had a chance to do some more damage later on, but flew out to center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Espinosa might not hit for a high batting average, but he should be useful in mixed fantasy leagues until Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) comes off the disabled list.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Danny Espinosa tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice against the Marlins on Monday.

Espinosa should be a decent mixed-league middle infield option while Ryan Zimmerman is out for the next 4-6 weeks. He's hitting .346 in 36 at-bats so far, and while that won't last, some more power should be on the way.
Apr 14 - 11:06 PM

Danny Espinosa started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

With Anthony Rendon starting at third base for the injured Ryan Zimmerman, Espinosa got the start at second base. Zimmerman will return to the lineup on Wednesday, however, which means Rendon returns to second base and Espinosa returns to the bench.
Apr 8 - 10:27 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a pair of solo homers Saturday to lead the Nationals to a 6-5 win over the Marlins.

Adam LaRoche and Espinosa went back-to-back off Kevin Slowey in the seventh, and Espinosa went on to win the game with a homer off Chaz Roe in the ninth. The homers were Espinosa's first two of the spring. It's likely too late for him to get back into the mix for the starting job at second base, but he will have a spot as a utilityman.
Mar 22 - 5:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Jeff Kobernus
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Craig Stammen
4Jerry Blevins
5Matt Thornton
6Aaron Barrett
7Xavier Cedeno
8Erik Davis
9Blake Treinen
10Matt Grace
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell
13Mitch Lively
14Scott McGregor