Cubs acquire RHP Anderson Espinoza from Padres for OF Jake Marisnick

July 30th, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jake Marisnick.

Espinoza, 23, has pitched to a 3.59 ERA (78 ER/195.1 IP) in 52 career minor league games (51 starts) with 62 walks, 202 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP. He has averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and this season is 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA (16 ER/28.2 IP) in 12 starts for High-A Fort Wayne. 

Espinosa entered 2019 rated by Baseball America as the No. 12 prospect in the Padres system before undergoing a second Tommy John surgery on April 20, 2019 in Dallas (Dr. Keith Meister), missing the entire season. He was acquired by San Diego from Boston for LHP Drew Pomeranz on July 14, 2016. At the time of the trade, he was ranked the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball, the No. 4 pitching prospect by Baseball America and became San Diego’s top prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Marisnick, 30, has hit .227 (29-for-128) with six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 22 RBI in 65 games for Chicago after he signed with the Cubs in February of this year.