Junior Espinoza Pitcher


Age: 20
Born: September 16, 1997
Cocorote, VZ
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (July 2014)

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Notes from the Field: Espinoza, Chavis, and more from Day Two

Physical Description: Tall, lanky frame. Projectable, with plenty of room to add strength as he matures.

Mechanics: Over-the-top arm slot. Mechanics are on the rough side with a high leg kick, trunk twist, and rock back before coming forward to the plate. Lands hard and falls off balance to the first base side. Some deception in delivery.

Fastball: 89-91 mph. Tops out in the low-90s. Potential to add some velocity as he matures. On the straight side, but seems to jump on hitters due to deception in delivery. Still developing command and control. Potential plus offering if velocity ticks up slightly.

Curveball: 74-78 mph. Long 12-to-6 break. Advanced feel for the offering. Really snaps the pitch off and will throw in any count to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. Pitch has depth and tight rotation at its best. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 83 mph. Firm. Clear third offering. Work in progress.

Summation: High-risk arm with a lot of development remaining. Has a starter's build and the potential for at least two solid-average or better offerings. Development of changeup and cleaning up delivery will be key as he progresses through the system. Upside of a back end starter if third-pitch and command and control allow. Fastball/curveball combination could play in a bullpen role should his development as a starter stunt.

   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 2 4 0.333 4.13 13 13 0 56.7  55 29 26 5 20 63 1.32 3.15 10.01
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 3 0 1.000 3.19 10 3 1 36.2 27 15 13 3 18 32 1.23 1.78 7.85
  2017 DNP-Restricted List --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2014 by Wilder Lobo & Eddie Romero, Jr.
Signing Bonus: $400,000
MiLB Debut: June 2, 2015 (DSL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2022 (Restricted List 2017)
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
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