Espinal went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Thursday's rout of the Red Sox.
Getting the nod at third base and hitting eighth, Espinal made a contribution in a 13-1 win that saw every Jays starter collect at least one hit and drive in at least one run. With Lourdes Gurriel (elbow) sidelined and Cavan Biggio seeing more action in the outfield as a result, Espinal and his .320/.370/.422 slash line in 138 plate appearances this season could see an uptick in playing time in the short term.
Espinal went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base Wednesday against Boston.
Espinal received the start at third base in the back half of Wednesday's doubleheader and picked up his third steal of the year in the third inning. The 26-year-old landed on Toronto's roster as a utility infielder but has logged the bulk of his playing time at third base, slashing .315/.361/.419 with one home run and 10 RBI in 133 plate appearances this season. Espinal would likely move back to his original utility role if Toronto acquires a more offensive-minded third baseman prior to the trade deadline.
Espinal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Sunday was the infielder's third three-hit effort in 50 games this year. Espinal has seen more of a utility role lately, but he's 8-for-16 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored through seven games in July. Overall, the 26-year-old is slashing .321/.367/.420 through 120 plate appearances.
Espinal went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Espinal took reliever Matt Wisler deep in the sixth inning for his first career home run, a two-run blast that broke the game open at 6-1. He also singled in the second, Espinal's second two-hit game in the last week. The trade of veteran Joe Panik has opened the door for Espinal to receive more starts at third base, which allows the Jays to utilize Cavan Biggio in more of a super-utility role. The 26-year-old Espinal provides a steady glove but has also put together a surprising .304/.355/.402 slash line in 110 plate appearances this season. His lack of power and speed (two steals in three attempts), however, limit his offensive appeal.
Espinal is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
George Springer's return from the injured list Tuesday looks set to close the door on Espinal's run as an everyday player. With some combination of Springer, Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel expected to occupy the three outfield and designated-hitter spots in most games, Cavan Biggio should move back into an everyday role at third base, where Espinal had been holding down the fort. Espinal made four straight starts at the hot corner before exiting the lineup in Tuesday's series opener in Miami.
Espinal will start at third base and bat eighth Sunday against the Orioles.
Espinal will stick in the starting nine for a fourth straight game after he reached base four times (two base hits, two walks) across his four plate appearances in Saturday's 10-7 win over the Orioles. His run as the Blue Jays' everyday third baseman will likely come to an end soon since Teoscar Hernandez returned from the paternity list Sunday. Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel and Randal Grichuk will likely form Toronto's everyday outfield for now, leaving Cavan Biggio to pick up more work at the hot corner at Espinal's expense.
Espinal was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Espinal was sent to Triple-A on Friday, but with Jonathan Davis being placed on the paternity list Tuesday, he finds himself back on the major-league roster. He'll provide infield depth in the coming days, though he could well be sent back to the minors once Davis is ready to rejoin the club.
Espinal was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
The 26-year-old is 6-for-15 in his past 10 games but will head to the minors Friday with Cavan Biggio (neck) returning from the injured list. Espinal could rejoin the Blue Jays later in the year when the team requires infield depth.
Espinal isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.
Espinal will be out of the lineup for a second straight game after he went 3-for-8 with a double, three RBI and a run across his last four appearances. Joe Panik will start at the hot corner and bat sixth.
Espinal isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Espinal started in Sunday's matinee and went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. Joe Panik will start at third base and bat sixth.
Espinal is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Cleveland.
Espinal has been the primary starter at third base since Cavan Biggio (neck) landed on the injured list, but he's been unable to solidify his grip on the role and is 3-for-20 over the past seven games. Joe Panik will receive the start at the hot corner in Sunday's matinee.
Espinal isn't in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Espinal will be out of the lineup for a second straight game after he went 0-for-10 with an RBI, a walk and two strikeouts across his last three appearances. Joe Panik will start at third base and bat eighth.
Espinal will start at third base and bat seventh Sunday against the Rays.
Espinal will be in the lineup for the sixth time in seven games, and at this point, he appears to have emerged as the primary replacement at third base for the injured Cavan Biggio (neck). The 26-year-old should provide capable defense at the hot corner, but he hasn't offered much of an impact with the bat over his 114 career MLB plate appearances (73 wRC+).
Espinal was recalled from the alternate training site prior to Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.
He will likely be back and forth between the alternate training site and the majors all season long. Espinal has played in three games, collecting three hits in eight at-bats.
Espinal was recalled by the Blue Jays to serve as the 27th man in Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals.
Espinal will start at third base and bat seventh in Saturday's matinee. During his first stint with the major-league club this year, Espinal went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
The Blue Jays optioned Espinal to their alternate training site Monday.
He'll cede his spot on the 26-man active roster to outfielder Lourdes Gurriel (illness), who was activated from the COVID-19 injured list. Espinal was with the big club for two days and made an impact in his lone start Saturday against the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Espinal was recalled by the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Espinal was unable to break camp with the major-league club this year, but he'll join the big-league roster after Lourdes Gurriel was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to vaccine-related symptoms Saturday. Since Gurriel will be eligible to return as soon as his symptoms subside, Espinal might not spend much time in the majors.
Espinal was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
Espinal's ability to fill in at shortstop and second base should make him one of the top candidates for a call-up should injuries strike the Blue Jays' infield, but there's no room for him on the Opening Day roster. His .267/.308/.333 slash line in his 27-game debut last year doesn't suggest he'll be all that interesting to fantasy teams should he find himself with unexpected playing time.
Espinal will join the Blue Jays for the AL Wild Card Round against Tampa Bay.
Espinal appeared in 27 games for the Blue Jays in his rookie season but didn't do much at the plate, hitting .267/.308/.333. He'll be a bench option for this series.
Espinal was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Saturday.
Espinal carved out a role with the Blue Jays in late August, but he saw his playing time dwindle in recent games. He should get more consistent playing time at the alternate training site and could serve as depth if injuries occur in the team's infield.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/31||vs KC||W 4-0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|07/30||vs KC||W 6-4||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|07/29||@ BOS||W 13-1||4||2||2||0||1||1||0|
|07/28||@ BOS||L 1-4||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|07/25||@ NYM||L 4-5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|07/24||@ NYM||W 10-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|07/19||vs BOS||L 4-13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2016||R-GCL Red Sox||26||86||8||21||2||0||0||10||10||11||1||0||.244||.330||.267|
|2018||AFA-Salem Red Sox||65||256||53||80||15||3||7||32||18||35||9||1||.312||.363||.477|
|2018||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||17||65||9||17||3||1||2||8||6||10||0||3||.262||.333||.431|
|2018||AAX-New Hampshire Fisher||42||147||17||42||9||2||1||20||14||22||2||1||.286||.354||.395|
|2019||AAX-New Hampshire Fisher||94||367||46||102||21||1||5||57||35||50||10||11||.278||.343||.382|