Raynel Espinal Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 29
Born: October 6, 1991
Birthplace: Villa Gonzalez, DR
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: Rule 5 Draft, Minor League phase (Dec. 2019)
   

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Pronunciation: Rye-NELL ESS-pee-nahl
First Pro Contract: September 27, 2012 (NYY)
Signing Scout: Alturito Pena
Signing Bonus: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: June 4, 2013 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: Aug. 30, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): $570,500
   
Twitter: @RaynelEspinal
Instagram: @rayespinal

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Large, filled-out frame. Long levers. No remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Works quickly. Long arm action with some stiffness. Delivery has effort, but does a good job repeating it.

Fastball: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Average to above-average control. Induces a good amount of swinging strikes against minor league hitters, but could struggle to miss bats at the major league level. Pitch is hittable when up in the zone, so tends to live near the bottom of the zone. Potential fringe-average offering.

Slider: 83-86 mph with short, 10-to-4 break. Good feel; throws often and has confidence in the pitch. Has shown the ability to miss bats against right-handers with the pitch. Potential average offering.

Changeup: 82-84 mph. Has worked on pitch since joining the Red Sox. Pitch shows some fade. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Primarily uses against right-handed hitters, but not a put-away pitch yet. Fringe-average potential.

Curveball: 77-79 mph. Show-me pitch right now, used to steal a strike. Long, 11-to-5 shape. Does not consistently snap it off. Could be used effectively when sequenced correctly. Potential below-average offering.
  Career Notes: Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent at the age of 20. Spent seven seasons in the Yankees system, alternating between the bullpen and the rotation. Prefers starting. Missed entire 2015 season, presumably due to injury. Had Tommy John Surgery in July 2019. Selected by the Red Sox in the 2019 minor league Rule 5 Draft. Re-signed with the Red Sox organization prior to becoming a minor league free agent after the 2020 season. Invited to major league spring training in 2021. Opened 2021 season at the Alternate Training Site. Played for the Dominican Republic in the final 2021 Olympic Qualifier.

Summation: Profiles as a very solid Triple-A organizational arm. Ceiling of an emergency up-and-down arm. More of a sum-of-all-parts-type pitcher. Has three pitches that grade around average and a fourth show-me pitch. Solid feel on the mound and throws strikes, but command could use some refinement. Fastball-slider combo could carry him in a bullpen role, but seems best suited in a long relief or spot starter role.

Links
Scouting Scratch (5.5.2021)
Scouting Report Update (6.29.2021)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2013 DSL Yankees DSL Rk NYY 21 5 1 3.55 17 0 2 33.0 29 18 13 1 3 21 38 1.52 10.36 5.73
  2014 DSL Yankees DSL Rk NYY 22 2 2 3.54 20 0 12 28.0 22 11 11 1 4 6 41 1.00 13.18 1.93
  2015 DNP --- --- NYY 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2016 GCL Yankees GCL Rk NYY 24 0 4 4.05 5 3 0 26.2 28 14 12 2 2 0 26 1.05 8.77 0.00
  2016 DSL Yankees DSL Rk NYY 24 0 2 3.60 4 4 0 15.0 22 10 6 0 2 3 11 1.67 6.60 1.80
  2016 Pulaski Yankees App Rk NYY 24 1 3 4.12 4 4 0 19.2 17 11 9 2 2 5 20 1.12 9.15 2.29
  2016 Staten Island Yankees NYPL A- NYY 24 0 1 14.73 2 0 0 3.2 8 6 6 2 0 1 4 2.45 9.82 2.45
  2017 Charleston RiverDogs SAL A NYY 25 2 1 1.16 10 0 0 38.2 22 7 5 1 3 4 44 0.67 10.24 0.93
  2017 Tampa Yankees FSL A+ NYY 25 0 1 1.69 8 1 1 16.0 9 3 3 1 2 3 21 0.75 11.81 1.69
  2017 Trenton Thunder East AA NYY 25 2 0 0.46 9 2 0 19.2 7 2 1 1 0 8 28 0.76 12.81 3.66
  2017 Gigantes del Cibao LIDOM Wint --- 25 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 9.01 54.05 27.03
  2018 Scranton/WB RailRiders IL AAA NYY 26 7 2 3.09 41 3 2 67.0 55 27 23 4 8 26 95 1.21 12.76 3.49
  2018 Gigantes del Cibao LIDOM Wint --- 26 1 1 2.35 11 0 0 15.1 3 4 4 0 1 3 11 1.04 6.46 1.76
  2019 Scranton/WB RailRiders IL AAA NYY 27 5 7 4.32 18 12 0 75.0 73 37 36 10 4 22 79 1.27 9.48 2.64
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 28 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2020 Gigantes del Cibao LIDOM Wint --- 28 1 0 1.87 7 2 0 10.1 6 3 1 0 1 8 8 1.36 6.97 6.97
  2021 Dominican Republic OQ Int'l --- 29 0 0 9.00 1 1 0 3.0 5 4 3 3 0 1 1 2.00 3.00 3.00
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 29     stats                            
2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 29     stats                            
   
     
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