Heavy with arm side run, sneaky life; works both lower quadrants with plus command
Late, strike-to-ball sweep with some bite, lacks consistent shape; limited present feel but potential for some swing-and-miss, average projection
Clear third pitch, used sparingly; 11-5 movement, inconsistent rotation, lacks depth
Drafted in the 14th round in 2015 after spending three years at three different schools, Esparza is quietly advancing in the Indians organization. His strength is plus command and control of a fastball that is heavy and runs in on right-handed hitters. He lacks feel and consistency with both spinners, though the slider flashes moderate swing-and-miss potential. If he can polish the slider into an average pitch there is potential here for a valuable middle-relief arm.