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Thursday, August 11, 2022

All-Star Santiago Espinal Among Orlando Area Major Leaguers

Santiago Espinal took an unusual path to become an MLB All-Star.

The 2012 Lyman High Graduate has been a late addition to the American League roster in place of injured Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for Tuesday’s 8 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium. In his third season with the Toronto Blue Jays, Espinal received the news during a team meeting on Saturday morning.

“It’s a testament to how hard he’s worked,” former Lyman coach David Pringle told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

“Santiago is the best player I’ve ever coached, hands down,” Pringle said. “His movements on the field of the ball are smooth. You could see how much better he was than everyone else when he was in high school.”

A native of the Dominican Republic who moved to Seminole County as a teenager, Espinal made a mark at Miami Dade College in 2016 before being drafted in the 10th round by the Boston Red Sox. Two years later he was traded to the Blue Jays and made his major league debut during the 2020 season.

“Most people have counted on her throughout their lives, but it has never changed her work ethic or her positive attitude,” Pringle said. “Santiago has been working hard for years.”

Espinal is one of five players from the Orlando area high school class of 2012 who have appeared in major league games this season, including Zach Eflin (Haggerty), Tomas Nido (Orangewood Christian), Edwin Rios (Oceola) and Jesse. Winker (Olympia). ,

Winker, in his first year with the Seattle Mariners, joined Nick Gordon of Minnesota and Brad Miller of Texas as former Olympia players currently with big league clubs. Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle, Detroit’s Riley Greene and Eflin are all from Haggerty.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, a 1982 Lake Howell grad, will be in the National League dugout Tuesday as an honorary All-Star assistant with the Atlanta Braves’ coaching staff.

Below is a list of high school graduates from Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties who have been the most active field players or coaches in the majors so far during the 2022 season.

pitcher

Zach Eflin, Haggerty, Philadelphia Phillies

Discussion: Eflin has been ruled out of the team since June 25 due to a knee injury. In his 7th season with the Phillies, he has a 3–5 (4.37 ERA) record in 13 starts, including 56 strikeouts in 68 innings.

Logan Gilbert, Wekiwa, Seattle Mariners

Discussion: Stetson University’s 14th overall pick out in 2018, Gilbert holds a 10-3 record and 2.76 ERA with 104 strikeouts from 111 innings. His 19 starts lead large companies.

Austin Gomber, West Orange, Colorado Rockies

Discussion: Gomber started with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018 before securing a rotation spot in Colorado last year. He is 5-7 (5.97 ERA) this season with 67 strikes in 87 innings.

Jack Greinke, Apopka, Kansas City Royals

Discussion: A 6-time All-Star playing in his 19th MLB season and second stint with the Royals, Grinke held a 3–6 record (4.64 ERA) in 15, with 42 strikeouts through 77⅔ innings.

Brady Singer, Eustis, Kansas City Royals

Discussion: A first-round pick (No. 18) from Florida in 2018, Singer is in his third season at Kansas City, where he is 4-3 (4.02 ERA) in 14 appearances with 69 strikeouts in 71⅔ innings.

catchers

Nick Fortes, DeLand, Miami Marlins

Discussion: The walkoff homer vs. New York Mets on June 26 is the highlight of the 26 games played this season. Forts is batting. 254 (18-for-71) with 9 RBIs and 7 extra-base hits.

Tomas Nido, Orangewood Christian, New York Metso

Discussion: Nido went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs in a win against the Washington Nationals on June 1. He entered the break batting .211 (35-for-166) in 58 games with 15 RBIs and 9 walks.

first base

Ryan Mountcastle, Haggerty, Baltimore Orioles

Discussion: He recorded 4 hits in a game twice in his third season with the Orioles. Mountcastle is batting. 270 (for 84-for-311) 46 RBI, 14 home runs and 40 runs.

second base

Santiago Espinal, Lyman, Toronto Blue Jesse

Discussion: The player of the third year turned into a 16-game hit streak in May. With 37 RBIs, 6 HRs, 21 doubles and 33 runs, Espinal earned an All-Star after .271 (88-for-325) with the bat.

Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary, Colorado Rockies

Discussion: He scored three home runs against the Miami Marlins on June 1 during a 20-game hit streak. Rodgers is batting .260 (83-for-319) with 47 RBI, 9 HR, 20 doubles and 41 runs.

third base

Brad Miller, Olympia, Texas Rangers

Discussion: In his 10th MLB season split between third base and left field, Miller has scored 29 RBIs and 9 home runs in 65 games, batting 207 (38-for-184).

shortstop

Francisco Lindor, Monteverde Academy, New York Mets

Discussion: An All-Star in four straight seasons with the Cleveland Indians from 2016–19, Lindor was batting .248 (89-for-359) with 66 RBIs, 16 HRs, 12 doubles and 54 runs in his second year with the Mets. Is.

far field

Nick Gordon, Olympia, Minnesota Twins

Discussion: Gordon is on pace for a career in his second season with the Twins, while batting .258 (51-for-198) scoring 13 RBIs, 16 extra-base hits and 23 runs in 73 games.

Riley Greene, Haggerty, Detroit Tigers

Discussion: He went 2-for-3 in his Tigers debut on June 18, then hit a walk-off homer versus the Kansas City Royals on July 2. He is hitting .252 (27-for-107) with 11 RBIs, 15 walks and 16 runs in 27 matches.

Jesse Winker, Olympia, Seattle Mariners

Discussion: An All-Star last year with the Cincinnati Reds, Winker averaged .230 (-305 for 70), with 35 RBIs, 8 home runs, 13 doubles, 51 walks and 28 runs in his first season at Seattle .

designated hitter

Edwin Rios, Osceola, Los Angeles Dodgers

Discussion: A hamstring injury has ruled Rios out since early June. A World Series winner with the Dodgers in 2020, he is batting .244 (21-for-86) with 17 RBIs and scored 12 runs in 27 games.

managers

Dave Martinez, Lake Howell, Washington Nationals

Discussion: Martinez led the Nationals to the 2019 World Series title and is now three wins away from his 300th career win in five seasons in Washington. The nuts on the brakes are 31-63.

Oliver Marmol, Dr. Phillips, St. Louis Cardinals

Discussion: In his first season as a major league manager, Marmol and the Cardinals sit second in the NL Central Division behind Milwaukee (50–43) with a 50–44 record.

This article originally appeared on orlandosentinel.com, Email jc on carnahan jcarnahan@orlandosentinel.com,

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