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Santiago Espinal
Trending: ↑ 17%
2B | B/T: R/R | 5' 10" 181LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 10, #298, Boston Red Sox | Miama Dade CC
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 112 104 11 33 2 14 2 .317 .360 .433 .793
Career Minors 1682 1517 208 433 21 187 44 .285 .345 .390 .735
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .317 2 14 2 .793
Career Minors .285 21 187 44 .735

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 GCL Red Sox GCL ROK 26 99 86 8 21 2 0 0 10 10 11 1 0 1 .244 .330 .267 .597
2017 Greenville Drive SAL A(Full) 123 544 492 64 138 18 4 4 46 39 67 20 6 3 .280 .334 .358 .692
2018 3 Teams Minors 124 518 468 79 139 27 6 10 60 38 67 11 5 7 .297 .356 .444 .800
2018 Salem Red Sox CAR A(Adv) 65 281 256 53 80 15 3 7 32 18 35 9 1 4 .313 .363 .477 .840
2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats EAS AA 42 164 147 17 42 9 2 1 20 14 22 2 1 2 .286 .354 .395 .748
2018 Dunedin Blue Jays FSL A(Adv) 17 73 65 9 17 3 1 2 8 6 10 0 3 1 .262 .333 .431 .764
2019 2 Teams Minors 122 521 471 57 135 27 1 7 71 42 73 12 13 2 .287 .347 .393 .740
2019 New Hampshire Fisher Cats EAS AA 94 409 367 46 102 21 1 5 57 35 50 10 11 2 .278 .343 .381 .725
2019 Buffalo Bisons INT AAA 28 112 104 11 33 6 0 2 14 7 23 2 2 0 .317 .360 .433 .793

Scouting Report

2020

After joining the Blue Jays in 2018 in the trade for Steve Pearce, the infielder impressed the organization in his first full season with Toronto last year, beginning ‘19 at Double-A and hitting .278/.343/.381 with five home runs, one triple, 21 doubles, 10 stolen bases and 57 RBIs in 94 games before being promoted to Triple-A. Espinal got into 28 games with Buffalo and slashed .317/.360/.433 with two homers, six doubles and 14 RBIs in the small sample. The Dominican-born utility infielder was originally the 10th-round pick of the Red Sox in 2016 out of Miami-Dade College.

Espinal has a collection of mostly average-or-better tools despite being somewhat undersized at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He has good bat speed from the right side of the plate that allows him to make plenty of hard, line-drive contact across the entire field. He’s grown into some power since becoming a pro, showing some occasional over-the-fence pop, though he’s likely to tally more doubles and triples at the highest level. Espinal’s above-average speed and quick feet are assets on the basepaths, and together they give him the potential to post double-digit steals in a given season.

Espinal’s defense is a separator. His athleticism is on display at shortstop, where he has above-average range, soft hands and the above-average arm needed to stick at the position. He’s also seen time at both second and third base, and it’s led some evaluators to peg him as a future utility infielder in the big leagues.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/26/2020 Toronto Blue Jays optioned 2B Santiago Espinal to Buffalo Bisons.
11/20/2019 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of 2B Santiago Espinal from Buffalo Bisons.
08/03/2019 2B Santiago Espinal assigned to Buffalo Bisons from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
01/28/2019 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster SS Santiago Espinal to spring training.
09/28/2018 SS Santiago Espinal assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
07/19/2018 2B Santiago Espinal assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
06/28/2018 Toronto Blue Jays traded LF Steve Pearce and cash to Boston Red Sox for SS Santiago Espinal.
06/28/2018 SS Santiago Espinal assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays.
04/03/2018 SS Santiago Espinal assigned to Salem Red Sox from Greenville Drive.
02/22/2018 IF Santiago Espinal assigned to Boston Red Sox.
10/14/2017 SS Santiago Espinal assigned to Estrellas Orientales.
04/04/2017 SS Santiago Espinal assigned to Greenville Drive from GCL Red Sox.
07/07/2016 Boston Red Sox signed SS Santiago Espinal.
07/07/2016 2B Santiago Espinal assigned to GCL Red Sox.