Mike Rizzo Lauds Resurgence of Danny Espinosa


WASHINGTON — Danny Espinosa is in the midst of a career resurgence offensively, with his best season at the plate through 33 games since 2012.

Espinosa had burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2010, hitting 6 home runs in his first 28 Major League games. He followed that up with 38 homers, 122 RBI and a .242 average in his first full seasons (2011-2012).

Then in 2013, his numbers fell off a cliff; the switch-hitting Espinosa hit .158 (.125 from the right side), stopped hitting for power with any reliable degree of frequency (3 home runs, 9 doubles), and struggled to see the ball well from either side of the plate.

Entering spring training in 2015, Nationals General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo had unveiled his plan to eliminate 50 percent of the switch hitter’s plate issues. Espinosa, all spring training long, hit exclusively right-handed.


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