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Birth Date4-25-1987
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age27 years, 4 months, 8 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.52010
3.62011
2.12012
-1.02013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 WAS 23 28 112 103 16 22 4 1 6 46 9 30 0 0 0 15 0 2 .214 .277 .447 .264 4.7 0.5 0.5
2011 WAS 24 158 658 573 72 135 29 5 21 237 57 166 19 4 5 66 17 6 .236 .323 .414 .267 22.5 11.6 3.6
2012 WAS 25 160 658 594 82 147 37 2 17 239 46 189 13 2 3 56 20 6 .247 .315 .402 .255 13.8 5.8 2.1
2013 WAS 26 44 167 158 11 25 9 0 3 43 4 47 3 1 1 12 1 0 .158 .193 .272 .178 -10.2 0.6 -1.0
2014 WAS 27 104 333 305 29 66 13 3 8 109 17 111 10 1 0 27 7 1 .216 .279 .357 .234 -1.3 1.1 -0.0
Career4941928173321039592115567413354345891764515.228.299.389.24929.619.65.2

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 VER A- 19 87 .329 .256 .333 .379 .268 .420 96 6.5 2.5 0.8 -0.6 1.0 11.4 1.1 11.4 1.1
2009 POT A+ 133 576 .282 .255 .329 .385 .261 .318 101 13.4 16.4 6.8 8.7 2.2 37.9 4.8 37.9 4.8
2010 WAS MLB 28 112 .264 .257 .321 .398 .268 .239 91 0.4 3.1 0 0.5 1.6 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2010 HAR AA 99 434 .279 .261 .334 .402 .259 .300 103 8.9 12.3 5.6 -0.5 0.7 30.6 3.1 30.6 3.1
2010 SYR AAA 24 108 .272 .264 .328 .402 .248 .338 103 1.4 3.3 1 -1.2 0.5 6.9 0.5 6.9 0.5
2011 WAS MLB 158 658 .267 .252 .313 .394 .259 .292 97 4.4 17.7 -0.8 11.6 2.7 22.5 3.6 22.5 3.6
2012 WAS MLB 160 658 .255 .254 .317 .401 .259 .333 101 -3.3 18.0 1.3 5.8 -0.3 13.8 2.1 13.8 2.1
2013 WAS MLB 44 167 .178 .247 .305 .390 .255 .202 101 -13.2 4.4 -0.1 0.6 -0.3 -10.2 -1.0 -10.2 -1.0
2013 SYR AAA 75 313 .210 .261 .327 .392 .256 .324 100 -16.8 9.0 1.8 -3.7 1.3 -3.9 -0.8 -3.9 -0.8
2014 WAS MLB 104 333 .234 .246 .308 .375 .260 .310 99 -8.3 8.6 -0.2 1.1 -0.9 -1.3 -0.0 -1.3 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 VER A- 87 8 21 2 0 0 4 17 17 2 2 .328 .465 .359 .031 .329 11.4 -0.6 1.1
2009 POT A+ 576 90 125 31 4 18 72 74 129 29 11 .264 .371 .460 .196 .282 37.9 8.7 4.8
2010 WAS MLB 112 16 22 4 1 6 15 9 30 0 2 .214 .277 .447 .233 .264 4.7 0.5 0.5
2010 SYR AAA 108 14 28 2 1 4 15 8 22 5 3 .295 .349 .463 .168 .272 6.9 -1.2 0.5
2010 HAR AA 434 66 101 16 4 18 54 33 94 20 8 .262 .333 .464 .202 .279 30.6 -0.5 3.1
2011 WAS MLB 658 72 135 29 5 21 66 57 166 17 6 .236 .323 .414 .178 .267 22.5 11.6 3.6
2012 WAS MLB 658 82 147 37 2 17 56 46 189 20 6 .247 .315 .402 .155 .255 13.8 5.8 2.1
2013 SYR AAA 313 32 61 12 1 2 22 19 101 6 1 .216 .280 .286 .071 .210 -3.9 -3.7 -0.8
2013 WAS MLB 167 11 25 9 0 3 12 4 47 1 0 .158 .193 .272 .114 .178 -10.2 0.6 -1.0
2014 WAS MLB 333 29 66 13 3 8 27 17 111 7 1 .216 .279 .357 .141 .234 -1.3 1.1 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 431 0.5174 0.4803 0.6908 0.6726 0.2740 0.7533 0.5263 0.3092
2011 2508 0.4912 0.4743 0.7536 0.6591 0.2955 0.8153 0.6207 0.2439
2012 2503 0.4686 0.5320 0.7092 0.7050 0.3789 0.8150 0.5357 0.2878
2013 563 0.4938 0.5542 0.7019 0.7086 0.4035 0.8071 0.5217 0.2981
2014 1191 0.4710 0.5206 0.6570 0.7094 0.3492 0.7764 0.4409 0.3398
Career71960.48180.50860.71440.68810.34060.80440.5480.2832

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-27 2014-04-27 DTD 0 0 - Knee Contusion HBP - -
2013-06-03 2013-06-19 15-DL 16 13 Right Wrist Recovery From Fracture - -
2013-04-15 2013-04-20 DTD 5 4 Right Wrist Fracture Bone Chip Caused By HBP - -
2013-01-26 2013-01-26 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff Played All of Last Season - -
2012-09-17 2012-09-19 DTD 2 0 Left Shoulder Contusion - -
2012-05-23 2012-05-23 DTD 0 0 Right Contusion - -
2011-06-08 2011-06-08 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -
2011-05-24 2011-05-24 DTD 0 0 Knee Contusion HBP -
2011-03-16 2011-03-19 Camp 3 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-11-24 2010-11-24 WIN 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2010-11-24
2010-04-10 2010-04-18 Minors 8 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-06-26 - Minors - - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 WAS $
2014 WAS $540,850
2013 WAS $526,250
2012 WAS $506,000
2011 WAS $415,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,447,250
2011Current$540,850
4 yrPvs + Cur$1,988,100
4 yrTotal$1,988,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 113 dScott Boras1 year/$540,850 (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$540,850 (2014). Re-signed by Washington 2/23/14.
  • 1 year/$526,250 (2013). Re-signed by Washington 3/6/13.
  • 1 year/$0.506M (2012). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Washington 9/1/10.
  • Drafted by Washington 2008 (3-87) (Long Beach State). Signed 8/11/08, $0.525M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .247 .318 .422 .264
11 vs R (Multi) .212 .275 .356 .227
18 Split (Multi) -.034 -.044 -.066 -.037
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .125 .216 .312 .203
31 vs R (2013) .167 .186 .262 .167
38 Split (2013) .042 -.030 -.051 -.035
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, Who is the better keeper in a dynasty league? Olt, Garin Cecchini or Espinosa?
(Chad from OKC)
Hi Chad;

Danny Espinosa? Of the three, I think I like Cecchini. Mike Olt should be solid, but I could see him being good and not great. Cecchini has the higher ceiling in my opinion. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you think of any guys who are currently in the minors that have a good chance of coming up and making an impact in the majors this year? Also, when we get through the Super Two deadline, which prospects do you think will be called up?
(Marco from California)
Three names that immediately jump to mind, Marco: Nolan Arenado (3B, COL), Wil Myers (OF, TBR), and Anthony Rendon (INF, WSH). Arenado should be ready to take over at the hot corner for the Rockies in the near future. The Rays might not be able to keep Myers in the minors for much longer, unless their current position players turn things around at the plate. And with Danny Espinosa scuffling, the Nats could look for an internal upgrade at second base, which a healthy Rendon could provide. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)I inherited a team in a Dynasty: I need a 2B and a SS. Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Espinosa are available(Espinosa has 2B and SS eligibility. However, I'm in the middle of a rebuilding and Oscar Taveras is available along with Gerrit Cole. I have 1st pick. Who would you go with? I am leaning Taveras.
(MerleDixon from PA)
Me too. (Paul Singman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What else is going on with the Rays? Are the negotiations with Washington for Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa for Jeremy Hellickson still a possibility?
(Steve G. from Athens, OH)
They were as of last night, Steve G., so I think that something along those lines remains a possibility. Talks might heat up if/when the Nationals find common ground with Adam LaRoche.

There are a bunch of questions about the Rays, namely Hellickson and Shields, in the queue, so I'll use this as a sort of catchall answer. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote this morning that with Zack Greinke representing the only elite free agent starting pitcher, and with the bidding on Greinke reportedly sky-high, the Rays are increasingly tempted to cash in on one of their starters. I don't think Tampa Bay will move Price, but at this point, either Hellickson or Shields seems a good bet to go. If nothing comes to fruition with the Nats, another possibility might be a deal with the Twins for Josh Willingham, though it's not yet clear if Minnesota is inclined to move him. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Espinosa isn't this bad, is he? Should the Nats send him down to AAA until he figures it out, or just stick with him? Or is he not much of a hitter .180/.280/.230 is what we should expect
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Probably not this bad (when someone asks if a player is "this bad" or "this good," the answer is almost always, "no, not this bad/good"), but I don't know if I see rainbows on the horizon, either, and Steve Lombardozzi is lurking. Espinosa has been swinging and missing too much, which he also did in the second half of last season. The problem might be partly one of approach: according to the WaPo's Adam Kilgore, Davey Johnson told Espinosa to "swing easy" this spring, and now he's telling him to be more aggressive. Maybe he's just confused, in which case he'll probably figure it out at some point. Espinosa is a good defender, so if he keeps his average comfortably over the Mendoza Line and hits homers at a good clip for a second-sacker, he'll be worth playing. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What gives with Danny Espinosa?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
BUS-TED for asking the same question twice, and in less detail the second time. I'd be surprised if Charlie dares to show his face around Bethesda after this. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Danny Espinosa for real and can I win my league with him as my starting 2B all year?
(Brighid from Long Island, NY)
Sure, you can win your league with an empty 2B spot if you play your cards right, but I'd probably sell Espinosa while I can. He's not going to pace 30 HRs the rest of the year and the AVG isn't likely to get a whole lot better. He's not terrible, but you'd probably get more value via trade than keeping him. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa going to hit this year?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Espinosa yet, Desmond no. I think Espinosa is going to be one of those guys who quietly has a very good career. (John Perrotto)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking only in terms of offensive production, better career Danny Espinosa or Jason Kipnis?
(Socialist Joe from Somewhere in NY)
Kipnis. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Ian Desmond has the potential that the organization seems to think he has?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
The errors trouble me, the lack of selectivity troubles me, but as Christina pointed out in her aforementioned GM for a Day piece, putting Desmond and Danny Espinosa together up the middle seems like a no-brainer, a chance to have some above-average pop at those positions. As she said, they're not going to be Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell (Trammell for the Hall of Fame NOW!) but they don't need to be. (Steven Goldman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Ian Desmond - Danny Espinosa middle infield combo? It seems to me the Nats will have quite the infield for years to come, no matter who's on first
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Meh, they look stopgappy to me. Desmond seems competent enough but he's going to have to get that OBP above league average for me to be at all impressed; .320 with a 4/1 K/BB ratio doesn't cut it. And as I pointed out in last week's NL Hit List, Espinosa's translations for his minor league work come out to a .208 True Average. I think it's dangerous to get too excited about his hot start at the big league level - call it the Taylor Teagarden effect. (Jay Jaffe)


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