Anderson Espinoza
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 7/1/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Anderson Espinoza in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in July of 2014 that includes a $1.8 million signing bonus. Traded to the Padres in July of 2016.
Looks good in camp
PSan Diego Padres  A
April 14, 2020
Espinoza (elbow) was reportedly throwing and looking good in Padres camp, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Espinoza has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in the last three years and has not thrown in a game since the 2016 season. Still, the right-hander is only 22 years old and was once considered among the top pitching prospects in baseball, so he remains an intriguing arm to keep an eye on. Given Espinoza's injury history, he's likely to be eased back into action slowly and held to a strict innings limit when he's ready to resume pitching in games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The expectation is that Espinoza will pitch in games this year for the first time since 2016. He waited to get Tommy John surgery until late in the summer of 2017, even though he first started experiencing forearm issues in spring training of that year. Espinoza was still not ready to pitch in games in the fall instructional league, but was reportedly throwing off the mound. Frontline upside still exists for the 6-foot, 170-pound righty, as he has the potential for three 70-grade pitches, but that is a projection -- he is far from a finished product. Given his slow recovery and obvious workload limitations in his first year back, the Padres will likely hold him back in extended spring training for a month or two before assigning him to High-A. If he pitches well, he should finish the year at Double-A, a la Chris Paddack in 2018. The Padres let Paddack throw 90 innings in his first year back from TJS. That should be seen as the maximum output for Espinoza.
We didn’t see Espinoza pitch in 2017, and likely won’t see him pitch in 2018 either, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in late July/early August. The timetable could have been more favorable if he had gone under the knife when the forearm issue first popped up at the end of spring training, but the Padres exhausted all other options before sending one of their best pitching prospects for TJ. A 6-foot, 160-pound 19-year-old with ace-like stuff, Espinoza was always going to be coddled every step of the way, and that will only be exacerbated after this injury. He might not eclipse 100 innings again until 2020, at which point he could be knocking on the door of the majors, so expect lots of bullpen stints and shutdown periods in the years ahead. Frontline upside still exists, as he has the potential for three 70-grade pitches, but that is a projection -- he is far from a finished product. He should be kept in most dynasty leagues, but the road ahead will undoubtedly be long and arduous.
It is pretty rare for an 18-year-old pitching prospect to become a household name without really producing like a phenom above rookie ball. Espinoza has done just that, going from prized international signee in 2014, to hyped 17-year-old dominating the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues in 2015. His traditional numbers with Boston and San Diego's Low-A affiliates do not scream future frontline starter, but his FIP was just over 3.00 and he was almost four years younger than league average. He displayed a mid-90s fastball with late life, average command and signs that his curveball and changeup could develop into plus pitches. Espinoza is tricky to evaluate in dynasty leagues, because he could be the top pitching prospect in baseball at the All-Star break, but also carries all of the inherent risk that comes with undersized lower-level arms.
Espinoza, 18, was an international free agent signed in 2014 and made his organizational debut in 2015. The preternatural right-hander with a slight frame used his three-pitch mix (fastball, curveball, changeup) and mid-90s gas to blow away the competition in the Dominican Summer League and then the Gulf Coast League. He allowed five runs, 37 hits, and 12 walks while striking out 61 batters in 55 innings. The Red Sox think so highly of him, they gave Espinoza one start for Low-A Greenville. That start against the most advanced hitters he’s faced was predictably less successful, but Espinoza’s initial dominance has the organization thinking about an aggressive development path for him. He pitched in the Fall Instructional League, facing hitters several years older, and did not look out of place. His delivery is clean and repeatable and he keeps his fastball down in the zone. Espinoza will be a trendy pick in dynasty leagues, and while there is still significant lead time, he looks like he could be worth the wait.
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Returns to 60-day IL
PSan Diego Padres  A
February 12, 2020
Espinoza (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Undergoes second surgery
PSan Diego Padres  A
April 23, 2019
Espinoza (elbow) underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union Tribune reports.
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Remains at extended spring
PSan Diego Padres  A
April 1, 2019
Espinoza (elbow) will remain at the Padres' spring training facility to begin the season rather than reporting to an affiliate, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Optioned to minors
PSan Diego Padres  A
March 8, 2019
Espinoza (elbow) was optioned to the minors Friday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Throwing bullpen session
PSan Diego Padres  A
February 15, 2019
Espinoza (elbow) is set to throw a bullpen session Friday, AJ Cassavell of reports.
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