Santiago Roman Espinal (born November 13, 1994) is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. In the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, he was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 10th round.
Santiago Espinal Early Life And High School
Espinal was born in the Dominican Republic and lived there until he was thirteen years old when he emigrated to the United States.
He spent four years at Longwood’s Lyman High School. He subsequently relocated to New York, where he completed his high school education at Penn Foster.
Espinal played collegiate baseball for Miami Dade College in 2016, after attending Seminole State College of Florida on a scholarship.
Santiago Espinal Current Team
Toronto Blue Jays
As of 2022, Santiago Espinal is an infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays.
How did the Blue Jays get Santiago Espinal?
Espinal was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays on June 28, 2018, in exchange for Steve Pearce and cash.
As a result of his time divided between Dunedin and New Hampshire, Espinal hit.297/.356/.444 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI during the balance of 2018 with both Dunedin and Salem.
As a result of the 2018 season, he was signed by the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League (AFL).
With seven home runs and 71 RBI, Espinal slashed a combined.287/.347/.393 between New Hampshire and the Buffalo Bisons in 2019.
After the 2019 season, Espinal was added to the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster.
The Blue Jays activated him on July 23, 2020, to begin the 2020 season, which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Espinal made his major league debut on July 25, 2020. On the 28th of July, against the Washington Nationals, Espinal earned his first Major League hit. In 26 games with the 2020 Blue Jays, Espinal slugged.267 with six hits and six runs batted in.
Espinal finished the year with a.311/.376/.405 batting average, two home runs, 17 RBIs, and six stolen bases in 92 games in 2021. He had a 3.13 range factor and 16 zone runs among all qualified AL third basemen.