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Espinosa hopes to follow Tulowitzki's path

Updated: November 5, 2009, 1:06 PM ET
By Jason Grey
Long Beach State has produced a decent run of shortstops in recent years. Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria (who played short in college) and Bobby Crosby were all eventually first-round picks.

One of the latest in that line, Danny Espinosa, lasted until the third round in 2008 before he was selected by the Washington Nationals, but has already been impressive in his pro career.

After getting just 64 at-bats in 2008 (but hitting .329), Espinosa played this year at high Class A and put up some decent stats. The 22-year-old hit .264 with 31 doubles and 18 homers, getting on base at a .375 clip and slugging .460. He also went 29-for-40 on the base paths, and wound up being a bit more than the slap hitter some expected him to be.

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