Rafael Espinoza Shortstop

     
 

Age: 21
Born: October 12, 1990
Barahona, DR
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
Bats: Both
Throws: Rigt
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2007)

Photo: DiarioLibre.com

Scouting Report:  Labeled by Dominican Academy Director Jesus Alou as a "can't miss prospect", Espinoza is said to have extremely quick hands, excellent speed, and good ability to make contact. Not much present power, but has some ability to add strength to his frame. Not likely to be a big home-run hitter, though extra-base hits will come because of his speed. Runs the bases well. Very good plate discipline. Spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons on the restricted list following unconfirmed reports that he inaccurately reported his age at signing.
 

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2008 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 63 256 40 56 9 8 0 28 81 50 65 14 5 0.237 0.397 0.343 0.740
  2009 DNP-Restricted List --- --- Bos 18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2010 DNP-Restricted List --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2011 DNP-Restricted List --- --- Bos 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
July 2, 2007 (Bos)
Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut: May 31, 2008 (DSL)
MLFA Eligible: 2017-18 (Restricted List 2009-11)
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: 2013-14
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: None

 

 
  

 
 

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