Danny Espinosa, Second Base, Los Angeles Angels, #3


Date of Birth: 4/25/1987
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California
College: California State University, Long Beach
Current Salary: $5,425,000

Danny Espinosa, second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2008. After almost three years in their minor league system, the Nationals called him up for 28 games in 2010.

In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Espinosa had 135 hits, 29 doubles, 21 home runs, 66 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, and a .236 batting average in 158 games. The following year, he had slightly better numbers, with 147 hits, 37 doubles, 17 home runs, 56 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and a .247 batting average in 160 games.

In 2013, after 44 hits and a dismal .158 batting average in 44 games, Espinosa was demoted to the minor leagues. He finished the 2014 season with 73 hits and a .219 batting average in 114 games. He had no hits in two games in the postseason.

Espinosa finished the 2015 season with 88 hits, 21 doubles, 37 RBIs, and a .240 batting average in 118 games. As a second baseman, he made 240 assists, 47 double plays, 136 putouts, and 1 error in 81 games.

In 2016, Espinosa batted .209 in 157 games with the Nationals. He finished the season with 108 hits, 15 doubles, and career highs in home runs (24) and RBIs (72). Defensively, as the Nationals' shortstop in 157 games, he made 404 assists, 96 double plays, 181 putouts, and 18 errors. In the postseason, he batted .143 with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 14 at-bats in 5 games.

Espinosa was traded to the Angels on December 10, 2016.

Career batting statistics for Espinosa through 2016 include:

  • 779 games played
  • 598 hits
  • 129 doubles
  • 285 RBIs
  • 834 strikeouts to 221 walks
  • .226 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Espinosa at second base through 2016 include:

  • 522 games played
  • 1,457 assists
  • 325 double plays
  • 944 putouts
  • 27 errors
  • .989 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Danny Espinosa
ESPN - Danny Espinosa