Anderson Espinoza Pitcher


Espinoza Video

Born: March 9, 1998
Caracas, VZ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (July 2014)

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2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Scouting Scratch (10.16.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Notes from the Field (3.18.16)
Scouting Scratch: Espinoza and V. Diaz (7.11.16)
Trade Analysis: Scouting the Espinoza for Pomeranz deal (7.14.16)

Traded to San Diego for Drew Pomeranz (July 2016)

Physical Description:
Doesn’t have prototypical, tall, thin projectable frame. Average height. Listed weight of 190 pounds looks accurate. Solid athlete. Some physical projection remaining; room to add strength as he physically matures.

Mechanics: Three-quarters arm slot. Clean mechanics and low-effort, repeatable delivery, generating plus arm speed with loose arm action. Does a very good job of repeating his delivery. Has quick feet and a solid pickoff move.

Fastball: 94-97 mph. Has topped out at 100+ mph. Explosive offering with plus life. Already has shown bat-missing potential. Advanced command and control of offering given his age and lack of experience. Potential plus-plus pitch.

Curveball: 72-74 mph. 12-to-6 shape and late, tight break. Advanced feel and confidence in the pitch. With improved consistency, will develop into a true out pitch at the big league level. Potential plus-plus offering.

Changeup: 79-83 mph. Inconsistent and a work in progress at this time. When at its best will be thrown with same deceptive arm speed and show late fade. Excellent separation from fastball. Clear third pitch at this point, but potential plus offering with refinement. 

Summation: Top-of-the-rotation, ace potential. Has the combination of stuff, delivery and feel for pitching to be one of the top pitchers in all of baseball if things break right. Potential for three plus-or-better offerings with plus command profile. Stuff and feel is very advanced for age. Type of pitching prospect who doesn’t come along very often.

   Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2015 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 0 0 ---  1.20 4 4 0 15.0 13 6 2 0 3 21 1.07 7.00 12.60
  2015 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 0 1 0.000 0.68 10 10 0 40.0 24 5 3 0 9 40 0.82 4.44 9.00
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 17 0 1 0.000 8.10 1 1 0 3.1 4 3 3 0 2 4 1.80 2.00 10.80
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 5 8 0.385 4.38 17 17 0 76.0 77 39 37 2 27 72 1.37 2.67 8.53
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2014 by Alex Requena & Eddie Romero, Jr.
Signing Bonus: $1,800,000
MiLB Debut: June 1, 2015 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (July 2015) Awards Pitcher of the Month (June 2015)
2015 All-Star
2015 Pitcher of the Year
2016 Pre-Season All-Star






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