I went to Fluor field in Greenville on Thursday 4/7 (opening day) and Friday 4/8. I wasn’t intending to go back for the 2nd day but when I saw Espinoza was pitching for Greenville (Red Sox) vs Parker French of Asheville (Rockies). I knew I had to do it. I’m glad I did.
Anderson Espinoza just turned 18 last month. He’s listed 6′ 160 lbs (I’d guess he’s 180+ lbs). He’s filled out a bunch but there’s still some projection left, he bats and throws right. Espinoza was signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela in 2014 for $1.8 Mil.
Espinoza’s uses a 3/4 arm slot, a simple, low effort, repeatable delivery. He’s athletic with a loose and live arm.
The fastball is electric it sat 94-97 touched 98 with explosive action and a lot of late life. He showed very good control and good command of the pitch. He was still hitting 98 in his 5th and final inning in the start I saw. He threw the fastball about 70% of the time.
He throws the change up at 78-82, he kept similar arm speed as the fastball on many of them but not all and there’s not a lot of movement on the pitch currently. Grading the pitch on it’s own merits it’s a current 40 pitch, however even if the pitch never improves, if he can consistently throw it at the same arm speed as the fastball it will be a weapon because of the 15-18 MPH in speed separation. He threw the change 25-30% of the time in my viewing.
Espinoza also throws a curve in the 72-76 MPH range. Unfortunately he only threw 3 in the outing I watched. The 1st bounced at 59′ the second bounced at 55′ and the 3rd was thrown for a strike on the inner 3rd and froze the batter. They were 12-6 and they all had a nice shape and a sharp break to them. I want to see the pitch a few more times before I put a grade on it. Good chance I’ll see him again this week and I’ll finish this report then.
Espinoza was fun to watch pitch, it blows my mind that someone with his stature can be this explosive with such a smooth, low effort delivery. The separation between the fastball and change is unreal.
Here we get lots of great looks at Espinoza courtesy of Sox Prospects