Anderson Jose Espinoza Dominguez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 160 lb.
Pitcher Anderson Espinoza was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela before the 2015 season. The scouts were Manny Padron and Eddie Romero. Starting his professional career at 17, he pitched that season for the DSL Red Sox 2, in the Dominican Summer League, the GCL Red Sox and the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League. He was a combined 0-2, 1.23 in 15 starts, striking out 65 batters in 58 1/3 innings. Those early returns were quite impressive, and he immediately made baseball's various top prospect lists while drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, a Red Sox icon.
Espinoza was at Greenville again for the first half of the 2016 season and went 5-8, 4.38 in 17 starts while facing much older opposition. He was leading the circuit with 72 Ks in 76 innings when on July 14th, he was traded to the San Diego Padres in return for P Drew Pomeranz, who was just coming off an appearance in the 2016 All-Star Game. It was clear that the Red Sox were going all in to reach the postseason, and were willing to sacrifice one of the top pitching prospects in baseball in order to do so.