In the 2011 season, Espinosa appeared in 158 games for the D.C. ball club. He recorded a .236 batting average with a total of 135 hits. Espinosa hit 29 doubles and 21 homeruns. He scored 72 runs and finished with 66 RBIs. His slugging percentage was .414. Espinosa was also a threat running the bases with 17 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
Espinosa seemed to explode onto the scene in his first full season with the Nationals. He went through a few rough streaks were his hitting lagged, but, look for him to improve even more during his second full season in the majors.