RECRUITING: Catcher Prospect Alan Espinal Looks Legit

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The College Baseball season may have been canceled, but this has not stopped Tim Corbin and his staff on the recruiting side of things. The VandyBoys just recently added an excellent pickup on Monday in Alan Espinal to an already loaded 2020 Class which ranks No. 1 according to Perfect Game.

The 2020 Class includes 19 commits, 6 of which are in the Top 100. Coach Corbin has now landed the top class in 5 of the last 6 seasons and his success has majorly shown on the diamond in terms of the VandyBoys recent success. Espinal is a 5’11, 170 lbs. Catcher from Viera High School (Viera, FL). He can do it all when it comes to hitting the baseball and playing defense behind the plate. He registered a .354 Batting Average (.440 OBP) with 37 RBI’s in 39 Career games according to Max Preps. In addition, he has very solid bat-to-ball skills with a quick stroke and demonstrates a very high-contact approach.

Espinal has a lethal 94 mph exit velocity with lots of explosiveness and power. He puts the ball in play and does not strikeout often. Behind the plate, Espinal is very athletic with many different tools to show off including his elite arm strength as displayed with an 84 mph catcher velocity. Even more impressive, he has an insane 1.88 pop time according to Perfect Game. He is also very versatile as his 60 Yd dash is registered at 6.72. He is ranked as the No. 8 Catcher in Florida for the 2020 Class. Overall, Alan Espinal is a very solid addition for Tim Corbin and company.

Perfect Game profile: https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=632829

This highly talented recruit adds to a stacked and balanced 2020 class with tons of potential. The Catcher position is set in stone with loads of talent for this Vanderbilt Program for the coming years. Assuming Ty Duvall leaves the program for the 2020 Draft (who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 25th round of last season’s draft) the VandyBoys will be left with 5 main backstops for the foreseeable future. 

Talented Freshman CJ Rodriguez saw most of the action at Catcher for the 2020 Season. Although Sophomore Dominic Keegan seemed to have found a home at 1st Base early this season, he is still very well in the mix for the Catching role in the 2021 campaign. Freshman Maxwell Romero Jr. (who didn’t see action in 2020) is also in the mix assuming he will still be on West End next season.

Espinal will not be the only option at Catcher coming to Nashville this fall as Jack Bulger is an impressive athlete from Maryland looking to secure the role next season. The Catcher position is obviously jam packed and loaded and the competition will be very heavy, but Corbs will have the guys ready to go and compete for a starting role beginning this fall.

Per usual, Tim Corbin has done an excellent job on the recruiting trail and hopefully it will pay off during the 2021 Season as the VandyBoys look to again repeat as College World Series Champions. Alan Espinal is an elite ball player on all aspects and is more than ready to show Commodore Nation his game next spring for the City of Nashville and the VandyBoys.

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