LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: March 11, 1991
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2009
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Lopez is a small lefty who’s never started a game through four years in the summer leagues. He’s steadily increased his strikeout rate in that time, but with small lefties in the VSL and DSL, a decent changeup is often what produces those swings and misses.
Lopez struggled a little in his debut, although his peripheral numbers were better than his ERA.
Lopez showed some improvement in his second year. He started a trend that continued throughout his first four seasons: his walk and K rates both increased.
For some reason, Lopez got into two games in the DSL as well as 13 in the VSL.
The Pirates dropped their VSL affiliate after 2011, so Lopez moved to the DSL. He fanned over a batter an inning, but apparently at the cost of a high walk rate.
Lopez has played the maximum four years in the Latin American summer leagues. He’ll get a shot at making the GCL team for 2013. Despite not having played in the US yet, he’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in the fall.
|2013: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|December 5, 2009: Signed as an international free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.|