Santiago Espinal

Santiago Espinal

27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Toronto Blue Jays
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The 27-year-old hit a surprising .311 with two homers and six steals over 222 at-bats last year, and Espinal heads into Opening Day as the Blue Jays' top infield utility player. Cavan Biggio is hardly a lock to keep the starting second base job, however, and if his 2021 struggles continue, Espinal could once again get more playing time than expected. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#549
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $563,500 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Retreats to bench
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 27, 2022
Espinal isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.
ANALYSIS
Espinal is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak in which he's gone 7-for-17 with two homers, two doubles, five RBI and four runs. He'll get a day off while Gosuke Katoh starts at the keystone and bats eighth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
7
13
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+83%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .860 170 17 1 14 2 .355 .402 .458
Since 2020vs Right .701 277 38 3 24 8 .262 .330 .371
2022vs Left 1.190 36 3 1 5 0 .414 .500 .690
2022vs Right .652 99 10 1 10 3 .250 .293 .359
2021vs Left .796 99 11 0 7 2 .348 .394 .402
2021vs Right .771 147 21 2 10 4 .285 .363 .408
2020vs Left .735 35 3 0 2 0 .324 .324 .412
2020vs Right .521 31 7 0 4 1 .192 .290 .231
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+111%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .810 228 28 2 21 5 .317 .373 .438
Since 2020Away .710 219 27 2 17 5 .277 .341 .369
2022Home .754 65 3 0 7 2 .300 .354 .400
2022Away .818 70 10 2 8 1 .279 .343 .475
2021Home .812 137 20 2 9 3 .312 .372 .440
2021Away .740 109 12 0 8 3 .309 .380 .361
2020Home .945 26 5 0 5 0 .391 .423 .522
2020Away .447 40 5 0 1 1 .189 .231 .216
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Stat Review
How does Santiago Espinal compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.44
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
18.0%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.296
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.440
 
OPS
.793
 
wOBA
.341
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The expanded roster and a pre-season injury to Brandon Drury gave Espinal an opening to make his major-league debut in 2020. Bo Bichette's knee injury further allowed Espinal to make 21 appearances at shortstop, as well as a few games at third base. That versatility is Espinal's calling card, as he's appeared at every position besides right field, first base and catcher during his career. He'll need that defensive versatility to stick in the big leagues, as he offers a contact-heavy profile with very little else at the plate. As the Blue Jays' roster currently stands, Espinal would have the chance to start at either second or third base, though it's been rumored that the team is in the market for infield help. Espinal would be the first to lose his job in that scenario, and even if he enters the season as a starter along the infield, he's unlikely to meaningfully contribute in any offensive category.
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On base four times Tuesday
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 27, 2022
Espinal went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Red Sox.
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Blasts first homer of year
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 23, 2022
Espinal went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 win over the Astros.
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Riding pine Thursday
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 21, 2022
Espinal is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Starting again at second base
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 12, 2022
Espinal will start at second base and bat eighth Tuesday against the Yankees.
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Set for utility role
3BToronto Blue Jays
April 4, 2022
Espinal got the start at second base and hit ninth in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
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