He’s competing with Anthony Rendon for the starting second base job, but Danny Espinosa is getting the majority of his work so far this spring at shortstop.
Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet Washington details the work of Espinosa, who has been splitting time with incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond during workouts.
When Nationals infielders take their positions for defensive drills, Espinosa has been joining Ian Desmond at short, shifting to second only for the latter stages of workouts. He did start at second base in Friday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets but today is starting at shortstop as the Nationals host the Braves and will continue to bounce back and forth between the two.
Espinosa has always played second fiddle to Desmond. The 26-year old was a natural shortstop in the minor leagues but had to shift to second base because Desmond had already established himself.