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8 Danny Espinosa 2B

Washington Nationals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
4%2%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
3338.21927318
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014WAS11433331738271812281.283.351.219

Player Updates

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Nationals seeking improvement in bench production for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

The Nationals' bench struggled when pressed into action a season ago, as the group only mustered a combined .143 batting average with 18 RBI. 

With stars Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon likely to open the year on the disabled list, the Nationals know bench production will be key early on in the season. The Nationals bring back some guys that came off the bench a year go, including Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Jose Lobaton

Their numbers will need to improve for the Nationals to sustain success offensively, especially when dealing with injuries. 

One possibility to take a bench spot is Tony Gwynn Jr., who's hitting .375 with two RBI this spring. 

"You want to set a tone for the team, especially when you are missing cogs like Rendon, Werth and Span," Gwynn said via MLB.com. "You have to be able to fill those voids. There are reasons they are paid the top money they are paid. They are not easy cogs to replace. You try to piece it together as a team and hope you can keep the ship afloat until those guys get back."

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Nationals getting Danny Espinosa acclimated to third base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa made his first career start at third base during Saturday's spring game against the Marlins, according to MLB.com. He never started at third base in the minors.

"My thought on it was, 'Hey, if we get in the situation where you have to play it, I just want you to have experience there,'" Williams said. "He's got great hands, great feet, plenty of arm, we all know that. It's a question of him getting used to the position a little bit in case it comes up during the season and he's got to do it. Right now, it gives him the opportunity to get out there in a non-pressure type situation and play."

Espinosa had been working at third base during workouts and made his first appearance at the hot corner Thursday against the Tigers, when he shifted over from second base in the ninth inning and played two innings at third.

"I'm going to treat it like any defense in the game, catch the ball and throw it over there," Espinosa said. "Ball comes off the bat a little different, so more of a reactionary position instead of being able to read your hop at short and second and kind of picking your hop. At third base, it's kind of do-or-die."

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Nationals' Espinosa trying to shake off early struggles at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa decided this offseason to hit exclusively from the right side. The former switch hitter hasn't had much success this spring, going 0 for 5. But manager Matt Williams isn't concerned about Espinosa just yet, reports MLB.com.

"His timing isn't quite there yet, but that is to be expected," Williams said. "The good thing I see is him taking balls out of the strike zone. He is not swinging at a lot of them that are down below the zone or up. He has a good knowledge of it. The timing will come. He'll get better as we go. So far, so good."

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Danny Espinosa to hit from right side exclusively
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said second baseman Danny Espinosa has agreed to hit only from the right side in 2015, reports MASNSports.com. "Danny Espinosa is the most stubborn player I've ever met," Rizzo joked.

Espinosa hit .183 with 97 strikeouts in 249 at-bats from the left side of the plate in 2014. He hit .301 with three homers and 10 RBI from the right side. Per the website, Espinosa owns a lifetime .213 batting average as a lefty hitter facing right-handed pitching versus a .271 average from the right side against left-handers.

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Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa avoids arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have avoided arbitration with infielder Danny Espinosa, the team announced. 

Espinosa is set to receive $1.8 million next year, according to The Washington Post. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .219/.283/.351 over 333 at-bats. He was slated to open the year as the team's starter at second base until the team acquired Yunel Escobar. Espinosa will now open the year in a utility role. 

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Second Basemen 30 11 24.16
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs San Francisco1331 .333 .462 .231
vs Alvarez (Career)831 .875.375.375
vs RHP230425 .241 .291 .183
Last 7 Games
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Fantasy Points by Week
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010WAS28103162261593002 .277 .447 .214
2011WAS15857372135216657166176 .323 .414 .236
2012WAS16059482147175646189206 .315 .402 .247
2013WAS44158112531244710 .193 .272 .158
2014WAS11433331738271812281 .283 .351 .219
Total 5041761212402551761345544615 .299 .387 .228
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2010WAS2B252313157740201.000
2010WASSS22122911 .917
2011WAS2B15815578330546414101 .982
2012WAS2B126119527192329667 .989
2012WASSS363416043110723 .956
2013WAS2B434321796119232 .991
2013WASSS11110001.000
2014WAS2B8977392157231458 .990
2014WASSS12845162817 .978
Total  4874622268869136435309 .985
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2010WAS414600010
2011WAS295237451946
2012WAS3722392313411
2013WAS904311301
2014WAS143117101255
Total 931168289471423
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012WAS51501002700 .176 .067 .067
2014WAS2400000100 .000 .000 .000
Total 71901002800 .143 .053 .053
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2008 A-Vermont19648212004171722 .476 .359 .328
2009AFA-Potomac133474901253141872741292911 .375 .460 .264
2010AA-Harrisburg Senators993866610116418543394208 .334 .464 .262
2010AAA-Syracuse Chiefs249514282141582253 .349 .463 .295
2013AAA-Syracuse Chiefs7528332611212221910161 .280 .286 .216
Total 35013022103366310421671513636225 .337 .419 .258
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/210
Birthdate:
4/25/1987
Age:
27
Hometown:
Santa Ana, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Washington Nationals
College:

MLB Experience:
5
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