If it weren’t for the massive strikeout rate (28.7 K%), we would be talking about Danny Espinosa a lot later in this countdown. He provides a nice combination of power and speed as he’s had two near-20/20 seasons in a row now. His power dipped in his sophomore campaign, but his .155 ISO still ranked eighth among second basemen.
Unfortunately his strikeouts don’t just have a negative impact on his batting average; Espinosa has very little chance at batting near the top of the order, which will impact his run totals. Last season, Espinosa spent 66% of his at-bats batting 6th or lower and scored 62% of his runs while doing so. MLBDepthCharts.com currently has him slotted at 7th in the order and until he corrects his plate discipline (decreased BB%, increased K%) that’s where he’ll stay.
At a Glance
Strengths: HR, SB
Neutral: R, OBP, SLG, OPS
Weaknesses: BA, RBI, K
Best-case scenario: Ian Kinsler (TEX) without 100+ R
Likely scenario: Rickie Weeks (MIL), Jimmy Rolli...