Blue Crabs sign David Espinosa and Mike Daniel

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on Monday that they have signed infielder David Espinosa, and outfielder Mike Daniel for the 2012 season.

David Espinosa was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round (23nd overall) of the 2000 MLB Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the Reds organization before he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in July of 2002. He played five seasons in the Tigers organization, including three stints in Triple-A from 2005-2007. After he was released by the Tigers organization he would spend time with with the Camden Riversharks, Grand Prairie Air Hogs (American Association), and with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Seattle Mariners organization) from 2008-10. He started the 2011 season with Grand Prairie, where he hit .324 with 6 home runs, 60 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 100 games. On September 13, 2011 he was traded to Southern Maryland. He hit .276 in only 7 games for the Blue Crabs. 

Espinosa has a career .327 batting average in independent baseball.

Mike Daniel was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 7th round (204th overall) of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft of out the University of North Carolina. He played six seasons in the Nationals organization advancing as high as Triple-A in 2009 and 2010. In May 2010, Daniel signed with the Atlanta Braves organization and split time that season between Myrtle Beach, and Mississippi. Last season, he played for the Tulsa Drillers in the Colorado Rockies organization where he hit .259 with 8 RBI in 26 games.

Two good signings by the Blue Crabs. Espinosa is a solid player who has speed and power, and brings veteran leadership to the Blue Crabs. Daniels was once considered a major prospect by the Washington Nationals but never panned out. He has extremely good speed for a guy his size, and has a solid bat.

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