Padres right-hander Anderson Espinoza has changed agencies and is now a client of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. Agent Cesar Suarez will represent Espinoza.
Once among the finest prospects in baseball, Espinoza has fallen on hard times in recent years because of serious injury troubles. He’s a two-time Tommy John surgery patient who more recently underwent the procedure last April. The 22-year-old’s health woes have prevented him from pitching competitively since 2016, the same season the Red Sox traded him to the Padres for lefty Drew Pomeranz. Espinoza hasn’t even advanced beyond the Single-A level, where he owns a 4.59 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 111 2/3 innings.
Despite the adversity Espinoza has faced over the past few years, FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen ranked him as the Padres’ 17th-best prospect just last week, writing that he still has “front-end stuff.” However, in light of Espinoza’s “below-average control” and the time he has missed, there’s a chance that he’ll only turn into a reliever or a back-end starter (if anything) in the majors.
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Wow. With this change Espinoza should be in line for a HUGE contract. He probably had to do this because Boras stopped taking his calls after his second Tommy John surgery.
Remember watching a game of his a Ft myers when he was like 17. Kid didn’t sit down between innings the game he was pitching, stand still either.. He was pacing the length of the dugout, twisting his right wrist back and forth as kind of an exercise.
When go to Ft Myers sit next to dugout so can look in and see what is going on. That kid had one determined look on his face and was chomping to get back out there the 5-6 innings he worked that day best as can remember.
He better gain some mass this time during his recovery.
There’s a lesson in prospect valuation with Espinoza. Dombrowski gets crucified for destroying Boston’s farm system, but Espinoza sat near the top of the list during his time in the Red Sox farm.
Would you rather have the championship or all the prospects DD traded during his time in Beantown? Give me the title, prospects be damned.
Unless you put some serious stock in Drew Pomeranz’s “intangibles” or whatever, the Red Sox would have won the same number of World Series with or without that trade. Then they could have used Anderson Espinoza in the Chris Sale trade instead of Michael Kopech and then taken their chances on Kopech.
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Well, considering Anderson Espinoza would of most likely still needed Tommy John surgery had he remained with the Red Sox doubt the White Sox would of taken him over Kopech in the Sale deal.
Espinoza would most likely be in single a with the Red Sox dealing with arm issues.
The Sale trade happened before Espinoza needed his first Tommy John surgery smart guy.
its not impossible that DD saw the writing on the wall.
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Hopefully this means he signs all of his contracts at the Peach Pit
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While Andrea takes their order.
As a Sox fan I remember when he was traded for Pomeranz and how disappointed I was because I was excited that I thought this kid could be a real star in the majors. It’s sad to see that his career has been derailed so badly by injuries — I hope for his sake he can recover and get things at least somewhat back on track. The one thing he has going for him is he still is pretty young — so as long as he’s healthy maybe he’ll have a chance to turn things around and start to live up to some of that potential that made him such a top prospect at the time of the trade.
Preller the genius