From the Field: Alvaro Espinoza, if, Cleveland Indians

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Alvaro Espinoza was signed an amateur free agent in 1978 by the Padres. He would be released in 1982, signed by the Twins, and would make the majors in 1984. He was a lightly used utility guy with the Twins, in in 1988 would sign with the Yankees. In 1989 he was the New York Yankees starting shortstop.

Espinoza was a good fielder and contact hitter, but had next to no power. He struck out a lot for a guy with no power, but his contact abilities made up for at least some of the K’s.

Espinoza would sign with the Indians in 1993. He was the Tribes super utility player, helping them get to the World Series in 1995.

He would leave the organization in 1995, part of the Carlos Baerga for Jeff Kent deal.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1984 22 MIN AL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1985 23 MIN AL 32 57 0 9 1 9 .263 .288 .298 .586 58
1986 24 MIN AL 37 42 0 1 1 10 .214 .233 .238 .471 28
1988 26 NYY AL 3 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
1989 27 NYY AL 146 503 0 41 14 60 .282 .301 .332 .633 80
1990 28 NYY AL 150 438 2 20 16 54 .224 .258 .274 .532 50
1991 29 NYY AL 148 480 5 33 16 57 .256 .282 .344 .626 73
1993 31 CLE AL 129 263 4 27 8 36 .278 .298 .380 .678 82
1994 32 CLE AL 90 231 1 19 6 33 .238 .258 .307 .566 47
1995 33 CLE AL 66 143 2 17 2 16 .252 .264 .322 .585 51
1996 34 TOT MLB 107 246 8 27 10 37 .268 .303 .443 .746 93
1996 34 CLE AL 59 112 4 11 6 18 .223 .279 .402 .680 71
1996 34 NYM NL 48 134 4 16 4 19 .306 .324 .478 .801 113
1997 35 SEA AL 33 72 0 7 2 12 .181 .213 .194 .408 9
12 Yrs 942 2478 22 201 76 324 .254 .279 .331 .610 66
162 Game Avg. 162 426 4 35 13 56 .254 .279 .331 .610 66
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2016.
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