Danny Espinosa, Second Base, Tampa Bay Rays


Date of Birth: 4/25/1987
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California
College: California State University, Long Beach

Danny Espinosa, second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays, 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 Los Angeles Angels on December 10, 2016. He was released by the Angels on July 20, 2017. He signed with the Seattle Mariners on July 24th. He was released less than a month later, on August 20th. He signed with the Rays on August 25th. He was released on September 22, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with a .173 batting average in 77 games with the Angels, 8 games with the Mariners, and 8 games with the Rays. Defensively, as a second baseman in 78 games, he made 175 assists, 39 double plays, 124 putouts, and 4 errors.

Career batting statistics for Espinosa through 2017 include:

  • 872 games played
  • 644 hits
  • 139 doubles
  • 316 RBIs
  • 943 strikeouts to 242 walks
  • .221 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Espinosa at second base through 2017 include:

  • 600 games played
  • 1,632 assists
  • 364 double plays
  • 1,068 putouts
  • 31 errors
  • .989 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Danny Espinosa
ESPN - Danny Espinosa