Lots of young players idolize Mariano Rivera. Nearly all young pitchers growing up in Panama list Rivera as their all-time favorite. However, few have realistic expectations of playing on the same stage as Rivera. For Georgia Premier's Daniel Espino, duplicating Rivera's path from Panama to the pros is, not only realistic, but right around the corner.
With a fastball clocked in the high 90s and a dynamic array of breaking and off-speed pitches, Espino, an LSU-commit, is expected to be drafted early in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft. We're pleased to know that Espino's route to the draft brings him to The Jimmy.
While the number of Division 1 & 2 players to play in the Southeastern Baseball Classic is too numerous to name, the hype and anticipation that comes with Espino's visit in April 2019 hasn't been seen since the days of Corey Patterson (Cubs, 3rd overall pick in 1998) and Jordan Lyles (Astros, 1st round, 2008).
Espino and his Georgia Premier teammates have four games scheduled during the SBC:
Tuesday, April 16 vs. Robert E. Lee Academy at 1pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Queen's Grant at 3:45pm
Thursday, April 18 vs. Northwestern at 4pm
Friday, April 19 vs. Hartsville at 2pm
Links to Articles featuring Espino:
Daniel Espino poised to go early in MLB draft
Georgia Premier Academy RHP Daniel Espino hits 99 mph at Perfect Game All-American Classic
2018 Under Armour All-America Road to Wrigley – Daniel Espino
Daniel Espino Pefect Game Profile
Join Us At The Jimmy!
Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic. The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.
For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here. To visit the official SBC home page, click here. "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament.