Danny Espinosa (2B,SS)
Thu, Feb 12th 11:45am EST
By Matthew Hoffman
One of the Nationals' only hinderances to a division, and potentially league, championship is the poor hitting and inconsistency of Danny Espinosa. The fact that he will resign from hitting from the left side of the plate could quickly remedy that issue and give the Nationals a stable 2B option. (Source: MASN Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Espinosa has one of the worst splits for any switch hitter as he hit, .196/.253/.307, with six doubles, four home runs, and an atrocious 75 strikeout/eight walk ratio in 76 games of 2014 from the left side of the plate. On the right side, he was considerably better, slashing .277/.365/.462 with four doubles, two home runs, and a respectable 18 strikeout/seven walk ratio in 74 PAs. He has never batted right vs a right handed pitcher in a game before, but those statistics show he is much better hitter from the right hand side of the plate. His inconsistency at the plate is the only thing that has been holding him back from being a full time 2B, as he is an elite fielder with significant arm strength. He is not a player that should be on your radar right now, but remember that he had 38 home runs and 37 steals between 2011 and 2012 and that the Nationals are one of the best teams in baseball. If he is able to secure a starting position, he could be worthy of a MI spot.