Raynel Espinal, 26, started the 2017 season with the Charleston RiverDogs where in 10 games he was 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA over 38 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out 44 batters and walked only 4. On June 26 he was promoted to High-A Tampa, where he went 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 16 innings in 8 games, one start. He received his final promotion of the year on July 22 when he joined the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
In his first taste of Double-A baseball, Espinal went 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in the regular season. He struck out 28 more batters in 19 2/3 innings. During the Eastern League playoffs, Espinal made two relief appearances. He did not allow a run or a walk but allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings of work while striking out three batters.
Espinal throws a fastball that is usually in the low-90s but is deceptive. He backs it up with average secondary stuff.