Could 2017 Be An All-Star Year for Danny Espinosa?

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Updated: February 6, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels acquired 29-year-old infielder Danny Espinosa over the off-season. After a rough 2016 season could Espinosa be looking at a bounce back year in 2017?

The Nationals drafted Danny Espinosa in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft. After seven seasons in Washington the Nats decided it was time for a change. The Angels acquired Espinosa in December from the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitchers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

In 2016 Espinosa hit .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI in 157 games. Espinosa’s 24 homers and 72 RBI were a career high for him. His .209 batting average was his worst since the 2013 season. Espinosa also committed 18 errors at shortstop. Clearly 2016 was an up-and-down year for Espinosa, but he looks to improve heading into Spring Training.

The switch-hitting infielder is eligible to become a free agent after the 2017 season. That means Espinosa will need to put on his best performance this season to impress teams. This season could be a make-or-break season for Espinosa.

He does not hit for a high batting average, but Espinosa brings plenty of positives to the Angels lineup. Playing in three different post-seasons with the Nats, Espinosa brings playoff experience. The Angels team is lacking much playoff experience besides slugger Albert Pujols.

The other positive Espinosa brings is his power from both sides of the plate. He has a slight advantage of power from the left side of the plate, but hits for better batting average against left-handed pitching. An everyday player that can handle both right-handed and left-handed pitching well.

A change of scenery could be good for Espinosa. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo turned into an All-Star in 2016 after he left the Seattle Mariners. Could Espinosa be the next player to go from league average to All-Star?

 

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