Should Espinosa’s Slow Start Worry The Angels?

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Updated: March 17, 2017

The Angels acquired infielder Danny Espinosa over the off-season. It looked like a good move for the Halos to add a veteran power hitter to their lineup. The unfortunate part is that Espinosa has struggled heavily this spring.

He’s hitting just .188 with four RBI and six hits in 32 at-bats. Its been an ugly start for Espinosa, but luckily for him its Spring Training, and these games don’t count. Throughout his career Espinosa has been a bad hitter in spring.

In over 400 plate appearances in Spring Training, Espinosa is hitting .233 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI during his career. For some reason he can’t find his groove during spring, but last season it bled into the regular season.

Last season Espinosa hit .209 with 24 home run and 72 RBI in 157 games. This slow start to spring could be a bad sign for the Angels going forward. The 29-year-old infielder could be headed in the wrong direction.

Espinosa has never hit for a high batting average during his career. He’s just a .226 career hitter during his seven Major League seasons. His power is what the Angels need the most as he saw a surge in that category last season.

He finished with a career high 24 home runs and 72 RBI last season, so the Halos can live with the low batting average. His power has not translated to Spring Training yet, which is the biggest worry for the Halos.

If Espinosa doesn’t have power then he will not have much to offer the Angels roster. His defense is below average at best, he’s not a good base runner, and isn’t a contact hitter. If the power doesn’t start to show up then the Espinosa experience could be a quick one in Anaheim.

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