Santiago Espinal Shortstop

     
 

Born: November 13, 1994
Santiago, DR
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10h round, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Miami Dade CC South
High School: Lyman (FL)

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Traded to Toronto for Steve Pearce (June 2018)

Physical Description: Undersized, athletic middle infielder.

Hit: Right-handed hitter with a contact-oriented swing. Starts in a slight crouch with an open stance and his hands high. Loud hands pre-pitch. Short, compact swing, direct to the ball. Two-handed finish. Shows good bat control and contact skills. Has improved fluidity in swing and pitch recognition as he has moved up the system.

Power: Below-average power potential. Swing is more designed for line-drives than over-the_fence power. Could run into 10 or so home runs per season.

Arm: Average arm strength. Passable at all infield spots.

Field: Fluid in the field with above-average range to both sides. Reads the ball off the bat well and has a quick first step. Does a good job closing on the ball and plays angles well. Smooth actions, soft hands. Potential above-average defender. Began seeing time at second base and third base with Salem to develop versatility.

Run: Above-average speed. Not a true burner, but could steal a handful of bases per year. Very aggressive on the basepaths, likes to test opposing defenses.

Career Notes: Professional debut was delayed due to a left hand injury. Signed for well below slot of $157,200. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Utility infielder profile. Doesn’t have a stand-out, carrying tool, but tools other than power are at least average or better. His defensive versatility, able to play second base, shortstop, and third base at an at least average level, will be key for his major league prospects. Wouldn’t be suprising to see him start to get reps in the outfield as well when he reaches the high minors.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2016 Miami Dade CC South NJCAA JuCo --- 21 43 162 38 70 13 4 0 28 91 20 11 15 5 0.432 0.492 0.562 1.054
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 26  86 8 21 2 0 0 10 23 10 11 1 0 0.244 0.330 0.267 0.597
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 123 492 64  138 18 4 4 46 176 39 67 20 6 0.280 0.334 0.358 0.692
  2017 Oriente LIDOM Wint --- 22 5 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 65 53 53 80 15 3 7 32 122 18 35 9 1 0.313 0.363 0.477 0.840
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ess-peen-AHL
First Pro Contract:
July 7, 2016 (Bos)
Signing Bonus: $50,000
MiLB Debut: July 27, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (Aug/Sep 2017)
Carolina League All-Star (2018)
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (August 2017)
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 16-22, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2018)

 

  

 
 

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