Danny Espinosa snaps slump at Syracuse


(Evan Vucci / AP)

Ten days ago, Danny Espinosa’s batting average had fallen to .088 with 34 strikeouts in 68 at-bats at Class AAA Syracuse. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson had some pointed comments. But Espinosa has snapped out of the slump in a big way. He has 18 hits in his last 41 at-bats with four doubles, a triple and seven RBI. He homered on Wednesday and Thursday.

Espinosa’s batting average with Syracuse still sits at .220 with a .287 on-base percentage and .349 slugging percentage, lower than the Nationals and his talent suggest he should be hitting.

But his improvement bodes well for all sides. Manager Davey Johnson has said he expects the second baseman back with Washington later in the season; if the Nationals were showcasing him to other teams for a potential trade, his value is improving; and Espinosa, personally, can find more confidence in this recent stretch.

“It’s the last week or so he’s been awfully good and I’m loving hearing that,” Johnson said on Friday. “I check on him every day. Let’s hope he can continue that and feel good about it and get over that. We’re talking about 80 games into the season he had the same issue of being a little over aggressive and that was the problem because of all the strikeouts.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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James Wagner · July 14, 2013

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