Future Watch: Anderson Espinoza Rookie Baseball Cards – The Boston Red Sox anted up and signed Anderson Espinoza as a free agent in 2014. According to MLB.com, he is the sixth ranked prospect in baseball. At 6′-3″, 170 pounds this special righty has 54 strikeouts in 53.2 innings so far in Low-A ball. He’s 4-4, with a 3.35 ERA in his first 12 games.
Now just 18, the Venezuelan phenom sparkled for most of last season. His strikeout totals were off the charts for a guy only throwing 88-92 and he could add some speed as he gets bigger and stronger.
Earlier this year he struck out 11 in one of his tremendous outings. Considering he only pitched 5 innings, one has to think he could have struck out 15 if he stayed in the game for a few more innings.
Experts say this prospect is ahead of schedule and so far the bonus money spent seems to be well justified. If you want to stay competitive these days you have to draft well and sign some key free agents along the way.
His windup has a hint of Red Sox legend, Luis Tiant in him:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
His small stature belies big-time stuff. He already can reach the upper 90s with his fastball and shows the ability to spin a tight curveball. He displays feel for a sinking changeup as well, giving him the three pitches needed to start. ETA 2019
Espinoza is one of these rare pitchers who may get to the majors by 2018. If he continues to get better the Red Sox will have a tough decision to make.