Daniel Espino
Cleveland Guardians
Born: (2001-01-05) January 5, 2001 (age 21)
Panama City, Panama
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Daniel Andres Espino (born January 5, 2001) is a Panamanian professional baseball pitcher in the Cleveland Guardians organization.

Amateur career

Espino was born and raised in Panama.[1] He moved to the United States as a sophomore in high school and began attending Georgia Premier Academy in Statesboro, Georgia.[2][3][4][5] As a senior in 2019, he went 9-0 with a 0.32 ERA.[6] He committed to play college baseball at Louisiana State University.[7]

Professional career

Espino was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round, with the 24th overall selection, of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.[8] He signed for $2.5 million and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Indians.[9] After pitching to a 1.98 ERA over six starts, he was promoted to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.[10] Over nine starts between both teams, Espino went 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 34 over 23+23 innings.[11] Espino did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the season.[12]

Espino split the 2021 season between the Lynchburg Hillcats and the Lake County Captains, starting twenty games and going 3-8 with a 3.73 ERA and 152 strikeouts over 91+23 innings.[13]


  1. ^ Lewis, Ryan. "MLB Draft: Indians select high school pitcher Daniel Espino with 24th overall pick". The Columbus Dispatch.
  2. ^ Noga, Joe (June 4, 2019). "Cleveland Indians top draft pick Daniel Espino moved to the U.S. from Panama to pursue his big league dream". cleveland.com.
  3. ^ Sulkowski, Frank (May 17, 2019). "SOUTHERN ROUTES : Daniel Espino's Baseball Journey brings him to Ludowici and Statesboro" – via www.wjcl.com.
  4. ^ "Georgia Premier Academy RHP Daniel Espino hits 99 mph at Perfect Game All-American Classic". August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Lemire, Joe. "18-Year-Old Daniel Espino Dreams His 100 MPH Heat Can Make Mariano Rivera Proud". Bleacher Report.
  6. ^ Helling, Derek (May 30, 2019). "Four Amateur Players to Attend 2019 MLB Draft".
  7. ^ "Daniel Espino Class of 2019 - Player Profile | Perfect Game USA". Perfect Game.
  8. ^ Noga, Joe (June 4, 2019). "RHP Daniel Espino picked No. 24 overall by Cleveland Indians in 2019 MLB draft". cleveland.com.
  9. ^ Hoynes, Paul (June 14, 2019). "Cleveland Indians sign No.1 pick RHP Daniel Espino for $2.5 million; sign 32 of 40 draft picks in one day". cleveland.com.
  10. ^ "Indians promote first round pick Daniel Espino to Scrappers".
  11. ^ https://www.news-herald.com/2021/08/06/daniel-espino-continues-to-develop-as-captains-lose-to-lansing/
  12. ^ https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/06/30/minor-league-baseball-season-canceled-2020-coronavirus
  13. ^ https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/daniel-espino-indians-2021-minor-league-player-of-the-year/