Damaso Espino

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Dámaso Espino
Somerset Patriots
Catcher
Born: (1983-05-08) May 8, 1983 (age 31)
Los Santos, Panama
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Dámaso Matias Espino (born May 8, 1983 in Los Santos, Panama), is a Panamanian professional baseball catcher who with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was selected for the Panamanian National Baseball Team for the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009, and 2013.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Reds organization[edit]

Espino was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an undrafted free agent infielder in 1999. He played for the Gulf Coast Reds from 2000–2002, earning Gulf Coast League All-Star honors in 2002 as a third baseman when he hit .332 in 58 games.

Kansas City Royals organization[edit]

He was traded by the Reds on March 6, 2003 to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals assigned hin to the Class-A Burlington Bees for 2003 and promoted him to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2004. In 2005 he returned to Burlington and made the transition to playing catcher. He spent 2006-2007 in AA with the Wichita Wranglers and made it to AAA in 2008 with the Omaha Royals.

Cleveland Indians organization[edit]

Espino was traded by the Royals to the Cleveland Indians on June 12, 2008 for cash. He remained with the Indians through 2010, playing for the AA Akron Aeros and AAA Columbus Clippers.

World Baseball Classic[edit]

Espino played in the World Baseball Classic for Panama in both 2006 and 2009, with a total of three at-bats in the two series.

Los Angeles Dodgers organization[edit]

He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 and received an invitation to major league camp. He was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, where he appeared in 65 games and hit .292.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox for 2012. In 66 games with the AA Birmingham Barons, he hit .284. He also played in 3 games with AAA Charlotte in 2012 and 1 game at Charlotte in 2013 before he was released.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

He rejoined the Dodgers in July 13, 2013 and reported to AAA Albuquerque, where he appeared in 19 games and batted .333.

Personal[edit]

Espino's cousin Paolo plays in the Indians organization, was also on Panama's roster for the World Baseball Classic.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prensa.com Clásico Mundial de Béisbol 2013 7 Nov 2012 "Ayer la Federación Panameña de Béisbol dio a conocer la nómina del equipo nacional, ...Los receptores serán Carlos Ruiz y Dámaso Espino"
  2. ^ Lisa Winston (2009-02-04). "Baseball is in Espino cousins' blood". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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