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8 Danny Espinosa 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 4/25/1987 | Birthplace: Santa Ana, CA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $526,250 | Owned/Started%: 4/2 | Average Draft Position: 367.70
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Danny Espinosa belts eighth home run of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa belted his eighth home run of the season Sunday against the Giants.

Espinosa entered the game in the seventh as a pinch-hitter. He singled in the seventh and took Juan Gutierrez deep for a two-run home run in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 2 with a run scored and two RBI in a 14-6 victory. He is hitting .219 with eight homers and 27 RBI over 302 at-bats.

Danny Espinosa considering batting right-handed exclusively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Nationals deposed starting second baseman Danny Espinosa is considering shedding switch-hitting and batting right-handed full-time, per the Washington Post.

Matt Williams would not complain if that happened.

"For me, he just gets on top of the baseball, more from the right side than he does from the left side," Williams said. "Something he works on everyday left-handed, but it's naturally a little more on top of the baseball right-handed."

Espinosa, who slugged a three-run homer right-handed Wednesday, owns a weak .184/.243/.294 stat line as a left-handed hitter this year, but is batting .309 from the right side.


Danny Espinosa knocks three-run home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 7-1 win over the Mets Wednesday.

Espinosa had endured a massive power drought before Wednesday, with his last home run coming all the way back on May 12. Due to get spotty playing time after the addition of Asdrubal Cabrera last week, Espinosa owns a .221/.285/.361 line with seven home runs, 25 RBI and seven stolen bases in 285 at-bats.


Zach Walters to split time at second with Danny Espinosa


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Nationals recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday, and are putting him in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

According to the Washington Post, Walters is likely to see a majority of the playing time at second base against right-handed pitchers as part of a platoon with Danny Espinosa. Walters hit 12 of his 15 home runs in Triple-A from the left side of the plate.  


Danny Espinosa absent again from lineup for Game 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Matt Williams could be giving Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa a glimpse of his immediate future. He has been benched for the second game of the Saturday doubleheader after sitting out the first. Espinosa could make the pine his permanent spot upon the return of Bryce Harper to the lineup.

Espinosa had started 25 of the previous 27 games.


Return of Bryce Harper could send Danny Espinosa to bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Struggling Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa could be the odd man out of the starting lineup when Bryce Harper returns off the disabled list, the Washington Post has speculated.

His presence would push Ryan Zimmerman back to third base and move Anthony Rendon to second, thereby benching Espinosa. Espinosa hasn't earned playing time with a .219/.286/.351 stat line and 91 strikeouts that ranks fifth in the major leagues. He is also hitless in his last 16 at-bats.


Matt Williams now staying mum on starting lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams will not reveal how he'll employ his lineup once Bryce Harper returns, according to The Washington Post

Williams had previously outlined a situation where Ryan Zimmerman would shift back to third, pushing Danny Espinosa out of the lineup. Harper is expected to see time at all three outfield spots once he returns, which could give Williams more flexibility. It's unclear if Williams will stick with that plan moving forward, or if he has something else up his sleeve. 


Danny Espinosa benched for game against Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Slumping second baseman Danny Espinosa, who was hitless in seven at-bats Tuesday night, is not in the Wednesday lineup for the Nationals in Milwaukee. His spot will be manned by Kevin Frandsen.

Espinosa has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats over the last four games and has a disturbing 88 strikeouts in 237 at-bats.


Change in batting stance benefiting Danny Espinosa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa has rebounded from an awful May to bat .303 with a .370 on-base percentage in 19 June games. Manager Matt Williams told reporters Sunday that Espinosa has widened his stance at the plate, which is allowing him to see pitches better.

"Just simplifying," Espinosa said, per MASNsports.com. "Just continuing to do what started basically at the beginning of this month with (hitting coach) Rick Schu and just working on it diligently everyday and trying to stay with that plan."

Espinosa added he's been a lot more willing to hit for singles as opposed to swinging for the fences.

"Yeah, if it is there and I can take advantage of it to get an inning going or something and get on base where we can score a run," Espinosa said. "If I can steal a base or something like that. Bunt hits is like hitting a single. If I can take advantage of it, then I'll continue to do it."


Danny Espinosa out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa won't be adding to his disturbing strikeout total Thursday unless he emerges from the bench. He has been given the game off against the Giants.

Espinosa has fanned 72 times with just 11 walks in 195 at-bats, leading to an unproductive stat line of .226/.290/.379.


Danny Espinosa stays hot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has a six-game hitting streak after going 3 for 4 with two RBI in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Padres. Espinosa is 10 for 22 in the streak, with five RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

He has upped his average to .232/.292/.395.


Danny Espinosa benched again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Scuffling Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has been receiving more frequent bench time. He is out of the lineup for the Wednesday game against Miami. Kevin Frandsen is set to start instead.

Espinosa hasn't had a hit since May 20. He is 0 for 13 since as his average has fallen to .209.


Manager: Danny Espinosa being 'too aggressive' at plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa entered play Monday against the Marlins continuing to struggle at the plate. After batting .288 through April, Espinosa is batting just .127 with 33 strikeouts in 20 May games.

"What I see from Danny is he is a little too aggressive at this point," manager Matt Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "So he is swinging at some balls that are out of the zone. That is human nature, though, when it is not going good. He knows that he can hit the ball. He knows he has got power. He knows that on any given pitch, it can turn, but he has gotten a little bit too aggressive. So we are trying to zone him back in and get him back on the plate a little bit.

"He is working on making some adjustments at the plate. So those off-days he is getting are good works days for him to really do a lot of work with (hitting coach) Rick Schu in the cage."


Manager continues to back Danny Espinosa amid slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa was held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets for just the second time in 32 games since Ryan Zimmerman suffered a fractured thumb on April 12.

Espinosa is mired in a 6-for-51 slump through 14 May games after batting .288 in April.

"I think it's pitch selection. That's all," manager Matt Williams said before Saturday's game, per MLB.com. "I think that he is chasing balls out of the strike zone. But he's fantastic at second base, and I want to put him in there as much as I can.

"The ebbs and flows of seasons are such that sometimes that's going to happen. The good thing about Danny is he's not taking it to the field, and that's good. He's excited, he's enthusiastic, he comes ready to play every day, wants to play every day, and there's no reason that first two, three weeks of the season can't come around, starting today."


Danny Espinosa smacks fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the A's Saturday.

Espinosa kicked off the scoring with his third-inning home run, and after the Nationals scored two more runs in the inning, they were held scoreless the rest of the way before losing the game in 10 innings. Espinosa has flashed a little power with his increased playing time, hitting .250/.293/.454 with five home runs, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 108 at-bats.


Danny Espinosa slugs fourth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-0 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Espinosa's eighth-inning home run gave his team a pair of insurance runs they ended up not needing. He struck out in each of his other three at-bats. Espinosa has hit .269/.317/.473 with four home runs, eight RBI and four stolen bases in 93 at-bats.


Change in approach fuels Danny Espinosa's turnaround


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu said infielder Danny Espinosa has been able to bounce back in 2014 because of adjustments he made during the spring. Schu said Espinosa has realized he doesn't need to hit for power to make an impact.

"He realizes he doesn't have to hit the ball out of the park. He is using all of his tools. He can run, he can get around the ball, hit for average, bunt," Schu said, per MLB.com. "He is in a better position, going easy and thinking about doing some things simpler."


Danny Espinosa sitting out Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was not in the team's starting lineup Sunday against the Phillies.

Espinosa will be replaced by Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen will actually play third, while Anthony Rendon shifts over the second. Espinosa is hitting .273 to open the year.


Danny Espinosa homers, steals base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 7-0 win over the Astros Wednesday.

Espinosa has been a bit streaky in his most recent chance to prove himself at he major-league level, but his performance has been far superior to his abysmal 2013 season. He has hit .288/.341/.488 with three home runs, six RBI and three stolen bases in 80 at-bats.


Danny Espinosa bounces right back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, who suffered a bruised right knee when he was hit by a pitch Sunday against the Padres, is back in the lineup batting sixth Tuesday at Houston. Espinosa is hitting .278 with two homers, five RBI and two steals in 72 at-bats.

Danny Espinosa dealing with bruised knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa suffered a bruised right knee injury during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Padres, MLB.com reports.

Espinosa was hit by a pitch from Ian Kennedy in the second inning and was taken out of the game in the fifth inning. He is hitting .278 with two homers and five RBI in 72 at-bats. The Nationals won't play again until Tuesday.

"On Tuesday, we'll see how it's feeling and kind of go from there," Espinosa said.


Danny Espinosa goes yard in another three-hit effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went deep and enjoyed his second three-hit performance of the season on Thursday in extras against the Padres.

Espinosa took Eric Stults deep for a solo home run in the sixth inning. He added a pair of singles and finished 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 4-3 loss. He is hitting .317 with two home runs and four RBI in 63 at-bats.

Playing regularly helping Danny Espinosa's timing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa collected a season-high three hits Sunday against the Cardinals, raising his season average to .313. It also came a day after he hit his first home run.

Espinosa is off to a promising start a season after being demoted to the minors.

"I’m happy for him, because I’ve been that guy," manager Matt Williams said, per The Washington Post. "So I know the dedication that it takes to work back and be the player he wants to be. And so far, he’s been really good. His approach is good, his intensity is good, his attitude’s fantastic, and he loves to play. So I’m happy for him."

Espinosa has moved his way into the starting lineup due to Ryan Zimmerman's thumb injury forcing Williams to play second baseman Anthony Rendon at third base.

"I’m just trying to help the team and do my part," Espinosa said. "We’re missing a couple key guys in our lineup. I’m just stepping in and trying to do my part so we can be successful this season and hopefully make a playoff run. When you play every day, obviously your timing is a lot better. When you’re facing 96 every single guy out of their ‘pen, if you’re getting one at-bat, it looks like 106. You can’t really slow it down. But more at-bats does help your timing."


Danny Espinosa draws a start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa will start at second Thursday against the Mets.

Anthony Rendon has started the first two games for the club, but manager Matt Williams has been adamant that Espinosa will see time in the starting lineup. He'll hit seventh against Zack Wheeler.


Danny Espinosa drawing trade interest, unlikely to be dealt


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa is still drawing interest from "a lot of teams," but the Nationals aren't expected to trade him, MLB.com reports.

Epinosa could potentially man second base in 2015, with Anthony Rendon moving to third base and Ryan Zimmerman shifting to first base. He made the 25-man roster as a bench player this season. Espinosa is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013 season in which he hit .158/.193/.272 in 158 at-bats at the major-league level.