When the Blue Jays acquired Santiago Espinal from the Boston Red Sox he was as fringe as prospects can be. His “claim to fame” so to speak was a mention in a 2018 Carson Cistulli Fringe Five article at Fangraphs. That was the only time being mentioned in a Fringe Five post and had Cistulli not been hired by the Blue Jays it is possible Espinal would have made a couple more appearances in that series this year, as his play this season has warranted attention.
Espinal spent the majority of the season in Double-A where he turned in a respectable batting line of .278/.343/.381, good for a 115 wRC+, in 94 games, per Fangraphs. He made a fair amount of contact, only striking out 12.2% of the time with just a 7.0% swinging strike rate, both of which ranked in the top 10 among qualified Double-A hitters. He has a good idea of the strike zone, having a walk rate of 8.6%. This is what Espinal has done at every stop in the minors, and this is part of what garnered him a mention in that Fringe Five column.
The other part of his game that got Espinal into that Fringe Five piece was his ability to …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation