Former Red Sox prospect Anderson Espinoza sidelined again

Rob Bradford
April 24, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Remember Anderson Espinoza?

He was the Red Sox' top pitching prospect who Dave Dombrowski shipped to San Diego in exchange for Drew Pomeranz before the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline.

While Pomeranz is gone from the Red Sox, pitching for San Francisco, it hasn't exactly worked out as planned for Espinoza or the Padres. It was announced Wednesday that the 21-year-old will miss all of 2019 and most of 2020 with his second Tommy John surgery.

Espinoza only managed 32 1/3 innings with the Padres before succumbing to injuries with the San Diego organization, not having pitched above Single-A.

"It’s brutal," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "He’s put in a ton of time and effort. He put a lot work into it and obviously having to redo the surgery and potentially miss another year … he’s handled it as good as you can. I’m proud of him. He’s staying positive. He knows he’s got a long road in front of him and he’s going to work hard at it again.

"We’ve had a lot of conversations explaining the belief we have in him. It’s not an easy process."

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