Dirtbags Send Another Player to the Majors

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Danny Espinosa joins the Nationals, becoming the 15th former Dirtbag in the bigs this weekend.

Infielder Danny Espinosa was called up to the major leagues by the Washington Nationals as part of the September roster expansion, becoming the 15th former Long Beach State baseball player to play in the MLB in 2010.

Espinosa becomes the 37th player in Long Beach State history to reach the major leagues. A shortstop for the Dirtbags from 2006-08, Espinosa also continues a great tradition of infield success for the program, that now has seen three of the team’s last four shortstops play professionally in Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki, and now Espinosa.

After starting the season with Double AA Harrisburg in the Eastern League, Espinosa was promoted to the Triple AAA Syracuse Chiefs, where he hit .295 with four home runs and 15 RBI in just 24 games. He came into the season rated as the No. 5 prospect in the Washington Nationals system.

A three-time All-Big West selection, Espinosa started all but one game over his three seasons with the Dirtbags, hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 98 RBI.

Espinosa joins right-handed pitcher Vance Worley as a member of the 2008 draft class to reach the majors in just two full years.

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