Weight: 200 lbs
The Orioles second round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Esposito came from a top notch baseball program in Vanderbilt.
Esposito signed with the Orioles for $600,000, but didn't play professional ball last season. He was previously taken in the seventh round by the Kansas City Royals in 2008, but elected to sign with Vanderbilt.
Esposito faced good competition in his days in the SEC. He displays a strong arm at the hot corner and has the potential to be a gold glove position player. His defense is big league ready right now. He has a thicker lower half, which will force him to move to third base from shortstop.
The 21-year-old has great offensive upside, but has to work on cleaning up his swings as it's not consistent at times. If he can develop consistent power at third base, expect Esposito to be a 20+ home run player at the big league level.
There have been no reported injuries since he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in June of 2011.
The future is extremely bright for the Connecticut native. He has real value towards the organization defensively within the next year. However, he will need to develop more offensively with his swing, which may keep him in the minors a little longer. Esposito has raw power, but he needs to continue to grow. As he matures, expect the Orioles to want to see him in the majors by 2014.
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