A Career of Patience — Paolo Espino

Brewers starter Paolo Espino, who has spent 10 years in the minor leagues

After over ten years in the minor leagues, Paolo Espino will get his chance to start a major league game Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

Espino, 30, will take the place of Wily Peralta, who after struggling as a starter was moved to the bullpen in a move that wasn’t all that big of a surprise.

Espino has been lights out in AAA Colorado Springs this season, compiling a 4–0 record with a 2.54 ERA, an impressive feat as Security Service Field, the home of the Sky Sox, is a notorious hitters’ ballpark.

To make room for Espino on the 40-man roster, Brent Suter was once again sent back to AAA after his third stint in the majors this season.

If Espino can succeed in his one or two spot starts (as Junior Guerra continues to recover from the hamstring injury that has held him out since opening day), it will be interesting to see if he will remain in the rotation while taking the spot of someone like Jimmy Nelson or even Zach Davies, who has struggled so far this season even with his 5–2 record.

Either way, Espino will face some tough competition on Friday, as he will face the potent offense of the Chicago Cubs in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. It will be a testament to his skills if he can compile a quality start against the World Series champion Cubs.

It is always positive to see a guy like Espino who has stagnated at the AAA level finally get a shot in the majors — let’s hope that his pitching allows him to stay up more than a couple weeks.

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