Danny Espinosa

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Danny Espinosa
Espinosa with the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals – No. 8
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1987-04-25) April 25, 1987 (age 29)
Santa Ana, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2010, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through September 8, 2016)
Batting average .228
Home runs 89
Runs batted in 276
Stolen bases 60
Danny Espinosa
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team

Daniel Richard Espinosa (born April 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). While primarily a second baseman throughout his career, Espinosa currently plays shortstop for the Nationals.

College career[edit]

Espinosa, who is of Mexican-American descent, played college baseball at California State University, Long Beach.[1] He played shortstop and hit .303 with 11 home runs and 98 RBIs in his three-year career.[2] As a freshman, he was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year.[3] He was drafted as a shortstop by the Washington Nationals in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Espinosa spent the rest of the 2008 summer with the Vermont Lake Monsters, where he batted .328. The following year he was promoted to high-A Potomac and hit .264 with a .375 on-base percentage while hitting 18 home runs with 72 RBIs and 29 steals, and was a High-A and Carolina League All Star.[2][3] He began 2010 in AA Harrisburg, hitting .262 with 18 home runs, before being promoted to AAA in Syracuse. In AAA, he hit .295 with four home runs and was just the second player in all of organized baseball to reach 20 homers and 20 steals in 2010.[2][5] At Syracuse, Espinosa, who had played shortstop for his college and minor league career, was shifted to second base, since Ian Desmond was already playing shortstop for the Nationals.

Washington Nationals[edit]

2010 debut[edit]

When the major league rosters expanded on September 1, 2010, Espinosa was called up to the majors for the first time.[6] He appeared in his first game that night. In his first at bat, he hit a ground ball to second base that took an odd hop and went into right field, allowing Espinosa to turn it into an RBI double when he saw that the right fielder hadn't charged the ball.[7] On September 6, 2010 against the New York Mets, in his first game at Nationals Park, Espinosa went 4 for 5, with two home runs (the second and third of his career) including a grand slam and six RBI.[8] Espinosa played in the Puerto Rican winter league after the 2010 season.

Espinosa with the Nationals


Espinosa had a productive 2011 season, hitting 21 home runs and stealing 17 bases. He finished 6th in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting.[9] He was also hit by a pitch 19 times, tied for first with Justin Upton.[10]


Espinosa began the 2012 season in an extended slump, hitting only .205 in April with 2 RBIs. He rebounded after the All-Star break, hitting .300 in July.[11]


Espinosa began the 2013 season in a slump, hitting only .171 through mid-May. Espinosa was consequently sent down to the AAA club at Syracuse and batted .216 with 2 home runs, 22 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases over 75 games for the rest of his season in the minors.[12]


In April 2014 he added another 3 home-runs to his baseball career along with .291 in batting and .831 on-base plus slugging.[13]




  1. ^ James Wagner (March 11, 2013). "During World Baseball Classic, Nationals players have plenty of countries to cheer on". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ a b c Keisser, Bob (September 1, 2010). "Former Dirtbag Espinosa makes his way to the bigs; BASEBALL: Former LSBU alum becomes 37th alum to reach majors". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Archived from the original on September 3, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Danny Espinosa Awards". The Baseball Cube. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (September 1, 2010). "Zuckerman: Nats Promote Espinosa, Ramos". CSN Washington. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Boswell, Thomas (September 1, 2010). "For Washington Nationals' real fans, September call-ups hold much promise". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 1, 2010). "Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Collin Balester to be called up". Nationals Journal. The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 2, 2010). "Hello, Danny Espinosa. Goodbye, Scott Olsen?". Nationals Journal. The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 6, 2010). "Danny Espinosa hits 2 homers, drives in 6 in Nats' win over Mets". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2011 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2011 National League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Danny Espinosa 2012 Batting Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Danny Espinosa Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". MiLB.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ James Wagner (May 27, 2014). "Matt Williams on Danny Espinosa's May skid". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

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