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Birth Date3-9-1998
Height6' 0"
Weight160 lbs
Age21 years, 7 months, 8 days
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2015 GRN A SAL 1 1 3.3 0 1 0 4 2 4 0 101 10.8 5.4 0.0 10.8 0% .364 1.80 2.88 8.10 89 3.97 87.1
2015 DRX Rk DSL 4 4 15.0 0 0 0 13 3 21 0 98 7.8 1.8 0.0 12.6 0% .361 1.07 1.66 1.20 68 1.88 41.3
2015 RSX Rk GCL 10 10 40.0 0 1 0 24 9 40 0 105 5.4 2.0 0.0 9.0 0% .238 0.83 2.27 0.68 85 2.00 43.8
2016 FTW A MID 8 7 32.3 1 3 0 38 8 28 1 102 10.6 2.2 0.3 7.8 44% .363 1.42 3.16 4.73 99 5.60 123.6
2016 GRN A SAL 17 17 76.0 5 8 0 77 27 72 2 108 9.1 3.2 0.2 8.5 49% .342 1.37 2.98 4.38 91 4.07 89.9

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  • 1 year (2019). Contract selected by San Diego 11/18/16.
  • Acquired by San Diego in trade from Boston 7/14/16.
  • signed by Boston 7/2/14 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $1.8M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 0 5.7 0 12 12 52.0 47 18 39 6 .266 1.26 3.90 4.12 -5.1 -0.6
80o 0 5.2 0 11 11 45.0 45 17 33 6 .283 1.38 4.34 4.58 -6.6 -0.7
70o 0 4.9 0 9 9 40.2 42 17 30 6 .296 1.47 4.67 4.93 -7.4 -0.8
60o 0 4.6 0 8 8 36.2 40 16 27 5 .307 1.54 4.95 5.23 -7.8 -0.8
50o 0 4.3 0 8 8 32.6 38 15 24 5 .317 1.62 5.22 5.51 -8.0 -0.9
40o 0 4 0 7 7 29.1 36 14 22 5 .328 1.70 5.50 5.81 -8.1 -0.9
30o 0 3.7 0 6 6 25.5 33 13 19 4 .339 1.79 5.81 6.13 -7.9 -0.9
20o 0 3.2 0 5 5 21.4 29 11 16 4 .352 1.89 6.17 6.51 -7.5 -0.8
10o 0 2.6 0 4 4 16.0 24 9 12 3 .370 2.05 6.70 7.07 -6.6 -0.7
Weighted Mean04.207731.73614245.3141.605.185.47-7.6-0.8

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2018-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)It feels like prospect lists undervalue pitchers missing time for major injuries. I get that not everyone returns from TJ, but guys like Jason Groome, AJ Puk or Anderson Espinoza get overly punished in rankings, especially given how Luzardo came back last year. Fair assessment?
(Paul from Dallas)
So the difference is with Luzardo we had the information that he came back. We don't have that with the other dudes. If Puk comes back and shoves he will get treated like Luzardo did. Personally I'd prefer not to rank them at all, but that's not really viable for my audience. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza worth holding onto? I'm in a bit of a pinch with keepers, and love his potential, but is it realistic to keep hoping he can come back and be the same pitcher?
(ron from texarkana)
He's definitely worth holding onto, but it's still contextual. If you think you have better options, I wouldn't hesitate to throw him back or try to flip him. There's still a lot that needs to go right for him to be a serviceable big-league starter. (Mark Barry)
2017-07-25 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Fort Wayne a fun team to watch play with the youth on the squad? Anything you can give me on Hudson Potts, Michel Baez, or the ghost of Anderson Espinoza would be appreciated.
(Esteban from SD)
Very fun,I've seen them multiple times this year, nice mix of young international and high drafted American players. Potts was one of the youngest in last years draft. He started slow this year but is really barrelling up the ball lately while playing a nice third base. I got my first look at Michel Baez last night. Heavy fastball with life, overpowered Kane County. Secondary stuff is a work in progress, but if he gets them right, look out. Espinoza's stuff was electric last year, hated seeing him get hurt. Check out Will Siskel's scouting report on him from last summer.
-Nathan (Emmett Rosenbaum & Nathan Graham)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza's exclusion purely injury related?
(Jeff from Bay Area)
Yes. Although for a guy who was already gonna have durability questions, it becomes a further complicating factor in the profile. I talked about this on Flags Fly Forever last night, but this is also the risk with Sixto. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 prospects in 2018? Who are the top 5 prospects in 2019?
(Cubs Fan 69 from Illinois)
The correct answer is I have no idea. But this is fun. Let's say 2018: Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, Brendan Rodgers, Gleyber Torres, and Nick Senzel. 2019: Robles, Anderson Espinoza, Acuna, Michael Kopech, and Anderson Tejada. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)2017 Anderson Espinoza or 2015 Julio Urias?
(Alex from CA)
I've never been quite as high on Urias' upside at least as others, but pretty easily him. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather roster, Anderson Espinoza or Lucas Giolito? Giolito has really lost his luster. Can ChiW turn him around?
(Johnny Walker Black from NJ)
This is well within the fudge factor for me, but Don Cooper has worked miracles with less, and the lead time with Espinoza may be significant and we could be having this same conversation about him in 2019. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)To put a guy like Gsellman at 17 overall has to mean he has Ace upside right? Or is a guy with the high floor of a #3 starter ranked in that range too? Basically, do you have to have Ace potential to be a top 15/20 prospect
(Dave from Queens)
A few different ideas to unpack here.

I haven't done my most recent check, but I'm guessing there's maybe 10-12 "aces" in the majors right now. So in any given year, they might not be an "ace" in the minors. Alex Reyes is the closest to that now, hence his ranking, but I couldn't quite pull the trigger on an 80 OFP there because of the control and command concerns. A sure shot #3 could definitely rank there though, and if you want to talk about *ceiling*--which isn't a word I love to discuss--is it impossible Gsellman gets another grade of change and command and turns into Jacob deGrom? No, it isn't, but that wasn't the line of thinking that led us to rank him there. And you could say the same things about Josh Hader, Anderson Espinoza, Brent Honeywell, plenty of pitchers in that same area of the list.

There aren't that many more #2 starters either, so guys with that potential should be top 25 guys. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)For dynasty purposes, who would you rather have as a prospect, Jason Groome or Anderson Espinoza? What the greatest reason that sticks out to you?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Off the top of my head I was going to say Espinoza, mostly for proximity, but then I looked and saw Groome got a little taste of Low-A last season, so they're not that far apart. I think they both could be special, but I'll take Groome and bet on the frame. (Mark Barry)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much luster has Anderson Espinoza lost by moving to San Diego?
(Oscar from New Castle, IN)
Assuming this isn't a backhanded reference to Boston's ability to pump their prospects awfully well in the media, our reports from the Midwest League post-trade were quite good. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)Does Anderson Espinoza still have ace potential? Is he still a Future Stud?
(Steve from Boston)
Our prospect team members certainly seem to think that's the ceiling, yep. Grant put a 6 on him, Will a 7 off multiple looks apiece. The hype was a bit out of hand this time last year, but then again wee little children who throw the way Espinoza does tend to catch the eye. He's a very good pitching prospect - probably not a true frontline one, but not far below that designation. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite breakout prospect for 2017? What about someone who you think will suffer a drop in status?
(Francisco from Maryland)
Breakouts I'll be watching for: Anderson Tejeda, Dustin May, Joey Wentz, Riley Pint
Guys I could see falling: Jorge Mateo, Adonis Medina, Anderson Espinoza, Jahmai Jones (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Career: Groome vs. Anderson Espinoza. Who ya got??
(Blair from Winnipeg)
Groome (Bret Sayre)
2016-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza was one of the big prospects traded at the deadline. Is he capable of becoming an ace, and what are his best pitches?
(Ross from San Diego)
Sometime in the near future I will be having a feature out on Espinoza. I saw him pitch three times in August, and saw a lot of inconsistency, but had a plus plus fastball, and flashed plus on both his curve and change. I am not sure he has ace potential, but his ceiling is in the vicinity. I had him in the #2 starter potential range, and that is a good sign to me. In the third outing I saw him he was amazing, hitting 98 while pounding the zone, spinning the curve well, and flashing a plus change while showing much improved poise on the mound. (Midwest League Wrap Up)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you at all worried about Anderson Espinoza? I know he's young, but his numbers aren't very appealing for someone touted so highly. Thank you
(Shooter from Georgia)
Nope. He's doing what young pitchers with his potential are supposed to do at that level: experiment, work on fringe pitches, focus on command/control, and stay healthy. Don't worry about the results until he hits High-A, and even then, don't sweat 'em. Espinoza's on track to be an impact pitcher. (Will Haines)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)NEXT BIG prospect nobody is talking about?
(Danny from Chi Town)
Well, it's Szapucki, though he is going to get talked about more now that he is in Brooklyn, where more people can actually see him. (I love Kingsport, but I am one of the few loons willing to make that drive every year). He won't quite have Anderson Espinoza's helium, but it is that kind of pop-up guy. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about Anderson Espinoza's struggles?
(JR from DC)
Nope. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about Anderson Espinoza's stats this year?
(Max from SD)
Nah, he's an 18-year-old in A-ball who throws in the upper-90s with a good feel for his curveball and changeup. I got monster reports on him in spring. He's a potential stud. It's just difficult to have the requisite patience when he's getting hyped so much by scouts. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - number 1 pitching prospect next year?
(Ricky from Boston)
Nah, not for me. I think that goes to Jeff Hoffman. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about Anderson Espinoza?
(Craig from B Town)
No. He's insanely young. No more risk than he had heading into the season. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about Anderson Espinoza? Still a stud?
(Craig from B Town)
Yep. Not gonna let a 20 inning sample deter me/anyone. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-08-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)#1 prospects in 2017, 18 and 19?
(Chuck from Trenton)
Yoan Moncada, Victor Robles, and err.... Anderson Espinoza, maybe? There's probably a guy or two who haven't been drafted yet who may wedge their way in there. That is all my pure, barely-educated guessing. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-08-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - the #1 pitching prospect in 2017?
(Ben from DC)
It's certainly possible. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any mets prospects you like more than the average guy?
(Gary from NJ)
-Chris Viall--XXL (6'9'') power arm from Stanford, has a lot of stuff, we'll see if anything can click control/command/consistency-wise.
-Jake Simon--LHP was the team's 11th-rounder in 2015, over-slot prep southpaw from Texas. Striking out hitters and keeping a ton of balls on the ground over a solid showing for Kingsport every fifth day.

Brooklyn: Pete Alonso, Blake Tiberi both college performers who fit that Harrison Bader type of player (talked about earlier) where they'll have to perform at every level...but also have the chance to be the types of grinders who just go out and do that.

Definitely will give Thomas Szapucki his own little bit here, though. There are a few more I could mention, but he really impressed when he was in the Appy League and he got promoted. High school lefty in 2015 in the first 10 rounds from a Florida high school. Really tough angle on hitters with an arm-slot that's death for lefties, especially. Gets good run on a fastball that touched 96 most every start (sitting 92-94) with some feel for a slider. It isn't an Anderson Espinoza type of low-level minors pitching prospect where you're really pushing a teenage pitcher way up your minor league prospect board, but Szapucki has been the type of guy you see in the Appy League who has a lot of big league ingredients, and you take note of that.

Good year for Appy League lefties overall. Kolby Allard was there, now Joey Wentz is, and there's Resly Linares for Princeton (Rays) as well as Szapucki, obviously. (Adam McInturff)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What theoretical trade would you like to see happen, just for selfish scouting purposes? Like who would you not get a chance to see in person that you'd like to see move into an organization you could scout more easily?
(Steve from Philly)
I really like this question. I've been on the receiving end twice already this season, though, as Grant Jones and James Fisher have picked my pocket stealing Chris Paddack and Anderson Espinoza to the Midwest League. I would love to see Alex Reyes get traded to the Rays and pitch at Durham. Noting to that whatsoever, just a high-minors top prospect type that I don't see for the most part right now. (Adam McInturff)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any favorite pitchers in Low-A?
(Darryl from New York)
Mike Soroka, Mitch Keller, Anderson Espinoza, Jacob Nix, Jon Harris all come to mind, not necessarily in that order. I like Soroka a whole lot though because of his frame/stuff paired with the strikethrowing he's showed throughout this season. (Adam McInturff)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What prospect leads to the most inordinate number of questions in your queue? For prospect hipsters, asking about someone like Victor Robles last year before he went mainstream.
(STEVE from Philly)
That's such a great way to describe the prospect community. We are prospect hipsters. Grown adults playing Prospect Go in public; a wild Bregman appeared!

Right now the quene-stuffer has been Lourdes Gourriel Jr. I think prospect hipsters have just a few more seconds until the doors close for the Anderson Espinoza train, in terms of being there before it was cool. If you really wanted to be a prospect hipster, you could hop aboard the Adrian Rondon trolley, currently stationed in Princeton, West Virginia. (Adam McInturff)
2016-07-05 19:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - #1 Pitching Prospect in 2018?
(Sam from TX)
This kind of question is really frustrating - he could be! He couldn't be! It's two years down the line and if I had a crystal ball, I'd be making a heck of a lot more money.

Really, though, while TINSTAPP is overblown these days, some small part of it rings true. He's the highest ranked pitcher that should still be eligible in 2018...but you never know. It's a long way from 18 in low-A to the major leagues (Julio Urias aside). (Kate Morrison)
2016-06-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Good timing, saying to wait on Groome and then he immediately gets picked. Where do you see him ranking alongside Boston's other top prospects?
(BoSox Bobby from Boston)
Yeah, I feel like I hit 'Submit Answer' right as Groome's name came across...

I love Groome in Boston's system, which has both depth and impact. I don't think he ranks ahead of Moncada or Benintendi right now, though I would give him the nod over Devers. I think you would have to think long and hard about Groome vs. Anderson Espinoza, though Groome would probably win out with many evaluators over Michael Kopech.

Moncada, Benintendi, Groome, Espinoza, Kopech is how I would line it up. And that's a great five. (Live Draft Chat)
2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - #1 pitching prospect next year?
(Matt from B Town)
Probably not, no. I wouldn't be surprised if he's on a short list, though. Taking the occasional lump right now in full-season ball, and that's the best thing for him. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any prospects you are higher on then your colleagues? Also are there prospects we aren't aware of that you think will be getting buzz by this time next year?
(Bob from Northern Hemisphere)
Hmm, good question. Maybe Anderson Espinoza. For your second question, there's a ton of those guys. Tyler O'Neill maybe? (Christopher Crawford)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we attribute to the struggles of Anderson Espinoza and Rafael Devers? Is it just youth or something else alarming and do you expect them to both bounce back? Thank you
(BoDaddy14 from Bawston)
Baseball is really, really hard. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the #1 prospect in 2018?
(Andy from TPA)
Dart-throw here: I don't think Victor Robles will be in the majors yet, and he has that sort of upside. Anderson Espinoza is another candidate, for me. (Daniel Rathman)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza the #1 pitching prospect next season?
(Eric from Boston)
Certainly trying his best to force the issue, isn't he? He's been a little hittable, but obviously age-level his performance has been pretty supreme. As an 18-year-old in Low-A that's more aggressive than I'm certainly willing to be rankings-wise, but he'll climb some rungs on the BP101 ladder at this rate, I'm sure.

I'm rolling with unlimited love all night tonight, btw: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza the #1 pitching prospect next season?
(Dan from LA)
I adore Anderson Espinoza, but probably not. Really good chance that both Giolito and Urias qualify, same with Alex Reyes, and those guys will get the nod, me thinks. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a 16 team dynasty when should Anderson Espinoza be picked up?
(CharJaco from CA)
Depends on who you have to drop, but I'd try to sneak him in late this year if you can. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - the #1 pitching prospect next season?
(Joel from B Town)
I would say yes. He has all the tools and is being mentored by the best pitching mind of all time. (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza the #1 pitching prospect next season?
(Tommy from Boston)
I don't see any obvious indication that Giolito will lose his prospect status, so no. Beyond that, there are at least a half-dozen guys whom most of us (and especially me!) are unqualified to distinguish with that precision over that time frame. (Sam Miller)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you worried about Anderson Espinoza's slow start?
(Dan from LA)
It's May 4. (And I didn't even know about this one.) (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)I've been having trouble carving out the time to catch some of the prospects in my area, so I'm afraid I'm going to make a choice between seeing Dillon Tate or Anderson Espinoza pitch. Purely from an entertainment perspective, who would you rather go enjoy in person?
(Adam from North Carolina)
That's so tough! They're both the highest-upside minor league arms to see in North Carolina...

I'll say Tate, just because he won't be in the minors (or maybe even at Hickory) for as long as Espinoza given the difference in age and experience. (Adam McInturff)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Higher ceiling, floor, and who would you take: 18 year old Julio Urias or 18 year old Anderson Espinoza?
(Alex from CA)
I gotta go Urias on all three. Love Espinoza, but Urias a slightly different level. That's the first negative thing I've ever said about Anderson Espinoza and I'm heartbroken. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Drafting in a dynasty league right now - Shohei Otani or Anderson Espinoza?
(Dan from DC)
Every BP chat is required to have Otani questions, and I think this one in particular shows up every time. Espinoza is the pick, in my book, as he's pretty much confirmed to show up some day, and he's hot fire. But yeah, not a prospect-y guy, so you may want to ask someone smarter. Like anyone else. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you take in a Dynasty League right now? Shohei Otani or Anderson Espinoza?
(Dan from Colorado)
This was also submitted by Sam from New Jersey.

What kind of risk do you like more? The "can I project this 17 year old" or the "will this 21 year old ever come to America", plus all the overlap of risk between. Not knowing a ton about Otani's future, I'd lean towards Espinoza. But I think this is less about Pitching and more about Business (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Drafting in a dynasty league right now - Shohei Otani or Anderson Espinoza?
(Dan from DC)
Otani, I suppose. Some are calling him the best non-MLB pitcher there is, and even with how great Espinoza is that's hard to top. (Mike Gianella)
2016-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league who would take right now? Anderson Espinoza or Shohei Otani?
(Corey from Pittsburgh)
That is a good question...for our fantasy team.

(I'd probably take Otani, it's a similar waiting game and arm risk, and he is already a finished product) (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anderson Espinoza - top 10 prospect next season? #1 in 2018?
(Sam from B Town)
Man, Hell no? I'm not a prospect hound, per se, but if you're asking whether I'm ready to anoint an 18-year-old pitcher as anything more than interesting, my answer is no. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the following pitching prospects: Anderson Espinoza, Francis Martes, Blake Snell, and Jose De Leon?
(Jeff from NY)
Snell, Martes, De Leon, Espinoza (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does Anderson Espinoza now compare to Julio Urias 2 years ago?
(Alex from Austin)
Probably has a nicer iPhone. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league who would you take right now? Anderson Espinoza or Shohei Otani?
(Corey from Pittsburgh)
Probably pretty similar ETA's when all's said and done, as it's unlikely Otani gets posted before 2019. I'll take Espinoza a) for the youth and b) because since he's already stateside and ranked inside our top 50 AS A 17-YEAR-OLD (!!!) his value as a dynasty asset is significantly higher in the intervening years (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you are competing this season, who would you want more on your dynasty squad: Cody Reed, Francis Martes, Dillon Tate, or Anderson Espinoza (since he has to be in every question)?
(Alex from Austin)
Martes and Reed have the best chance of impacting in the majors this year, Martes is the guy for me. I think either could be a lights-out reliever right away (Reed was 99 with a Warthen-esque 90-91 SL in his one inning at the Cal-Carolina AS Game last year), but I'd trust Martes' arsenal and command for a better chance at starting effectively when he debuts. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you take in a Dynasty League right now? Shohei Otani or Anderson Espinoza?
(Tom from Chi TOWN)
Otani and it's not close, and I say that as the founding member of the Anderson Espinoza fan club. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see Anderson Espinoza so low (relatively) on this list. Is the hype on him Red Sox fan base driven, what does your gut say the ultimate outcome is for him compared to a guy like Francis Martes or Cody Reed? Difference in their rankings mostly age/experience based?
(ProBeauNO from New Orleans)
I don't think it's purely Red Sox fans driving the Espinoza hype. Naturally every fan base is interested in their own prospects, and Espinoza's brief, electric tenure is going to inspire some hype, but the tools are there to back it up. Our ranking is a reflection of our evaluation of the risk involved in his profile, the lack of innings, the time to impact, etc. A conservative ranking could look foolish down the line, but there are reasons to be conservative - though everyone will weigh them differently. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Any names on the last quarter or so of the list (or off the list entirely) that you could see as top-20 guys next year at this time?
(Gotribe31 from VA)
I think Garrett has the ability to take that kind of leap, given his overall rawness due to playing basketball. Daz Cameron is another option there, and the easy answer (just inside of the group you mention) is Anderson Espinoza. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would Anderson Espinoza's closest historical prospect comp be?
(The L Train from Behind you)
Jose Fernandez is the popular one. It's unfair because it makes people expect that kind of production so soon. A cursory look makes me think maybe Julio Teheran could be another one? To be honest this is probably a better question for the prospect staff and/or some others on the fantasy staff. (Matt Collins)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Anderson Espinoza entering the stud SP tier with Urias, Giolito, Berrios and Reyes?
(Paul from Charlotte)
Oh no, not yet. Espinoza is getting a lot of helium in the run up to 2016, but he's not in that class yet. Doesn't mean he can't/won't reach that level some day, but he hasn't turned 18 yet and needs to prove it as he climbs the ladder. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Shallow OBP dynasty league. I like my team's chances going into next year. Due to trades last year, I have the 2nd pick in this years draft. Do I spend my pick on Stroman or Matz, even though they probably would be my 6 best starter, or draft high upside prospects like Anderson Espinoza, Rafael Devers, or Victor Robles to sit on. Depth isn't a bad thing, but those guys won't be around in the 2nd after their breakout years.
(Alex from CA)
Stroman......Matz....................................the rest of those guys. Always take the best player in the first round and worry about roster construction later, especially when the best player is in the major leagues and the others are in the low minors. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you prefer in a dynasty league: Victor Robles or Anderson Espinoza? Could either of them be top 10 prospects a year from now?
(Chris from Washington DC)
ROBLES...He's already a top-20 prospect. (George Bissell)
2015-12-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the hyped pitching prospects of Anderson Espinoza, Jose de Leon, Francis Martes, and Blake Snell, how would you rank these guys in obtainable upside?
(Viktor from MD)
Very good question. Well, I think we have to list Snell first, because he has the least volatility right now. I'd actually say Espinoza has the most upside of any pitcher on this list, but he's also the least likely to reach it because, well, baseball is hard. I'd go Snell, de Leon, Martes, Espinoza. I love all four. Go get all four. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Anderson Espinoza?
(Berndog from Dusty Baker's basement)
Well he's 17, so the correct answer right now is somewhere along the "not very" to shruggy-emoticon-guy spectrum. But all the raw ingredients you want out of a top flight pitching prospect are all evident already, and that is rare in any minor league arm, let alone a 17 year-old one. Put another way, based on the early reports he's a guy who can shoot to the upper echelons of prospect lists with a successful stateside debut, and there are only so many guys with that kind of upside. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)A year from now can you see a top 5 having Espinoza and Robles in it?
(Mike from NY)
I've heard big reports from Anderson Espinoza as well. It's closer to two years off but it's an idea you can dream on. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you scouted Anderson Espinoza? He has a ton of hype but what are your professional scouting opinions?
(Kreg from NJ)
I haven't personally scouted Espinoza yet, so I would toss that question to the BP Prospect crew to get more thoughts. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you had a chance to formulate some ideas on Anderson Espinoza?
(Erik from Maryland)
I have, though they are in the very early stages, just like Espinoza! Funny how that works.

In all seriousness, while internet scouting for that other thing I used to write for, I was given a 10-15 minute video of Espinoza, and I kinda sorta fell in love. The stuff, the ability to repeat the delivery at such a young age, the arm strength, it was all there. Like Robles, MANY years away from being a contributor, but my goodness the upside. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Anderson Espinoza have gone 1-1 in this year's draft?
(Mike from TX)
Well, a right-handed prep has never gone 1-1 in a draft before, so probably not. That being said, he wouldn't have been on the board for very long. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you go about ranking a July 2 signee? Its clear that Vlad Guerrero Jr., is a top prospect, but being just 16 years old and not playing this year, how would you rate him compared to other prospects this Winter? Placing a player in a top 10 list doesn't seem to be an issue when a HS draftee signs late, for example, but I'm curious about your thoughts.
(Steve from Evanston (IL))
A GREAT question. I think it really depends on the depth of the system and how much of a report I have. For instance, I would have felt comfortable ranking Anderson Espinoza in the Red Sox top 10 because I had a ton of video and a couple great reports, but, the system was too deep for me to put him there. Gilbert Lara on the other hand clearly had the talent/that system stunk, but I didn't have enough to put him in that area. It really is a case-by-case thing. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson. Are there any Low Minor players whose name is not yet widely recognized and you are looking to keep an eye on as the season concludes to possibly jump on for a name breakout next year?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
Leaving out the '15 draftees, Victor Robles is probably the biggest helium guy of the year. Our Mark Anderson just tossed three 7's onto his ledger, linked below. Javier Guerra and Amed Rosario are a couple interesting shortstops. And while another one, Jorge Mateo, has gotten a lot of attention for his wheels, Rockies A-ball CFer Wes Rogers is a dude with a similar skillset & more polished hit tool. Potential SB beast. Jomar Reyes is a fan favorite of our scouting team. Amaurys Minier & Lewin Diaz in the Twins system are also both interesting raw power bats. Arms you'll be hearing a lot more about include Anderson Espinoza, Franklyn Kilome, Michael Kopech (though he's suspended), and the now-in-High-A Francis Martes (whose CB is just disgusting). (Wilson Karaman)

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