EWRY ESPINAL, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: December 18, 2002
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Espinal’s primary asset is raw power, which impressed observers at showcase events and in fall instructionals. His speed is below-average and will keep him in an outfield corner, although he has a good arm.
Espinal struggled badly in his first season. He showed a lot of patience, but obviously had severe problems making contact. Espinal played exclusively in right.
The Pirates brought Espinal to extended spring training in 2022, but they sent him back to the DSL anyway. He played mostly at first, where he struggled defensively, while spending a little time in left. Espinal hit the ball with much more authority than the previous year. He also doubled his walk rate while continue to strike out a ton. In fact, he put the ball in play in just a hair over 40% of his plate appearances. He did very well as a base stealer.
It’s hard enough to know what to expect from such young players, but Espinal’s stratospheric walk and K rates make it harder than ever to project what’s likely to happen in the FCL, where he should be in 2023.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $225,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.