22-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
A year after a breakout performance that landed him near the top of the Nationals' prospect list, Lopez is still more future projection that he is finished product. His 4.09 ERA and 8.5 K/9 in 99 inni...
Lopez set a career high with 11 strikeouts in seven shutout innings Wednesday with High-A Potomac.
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsBarrett, Aaron (P)
AAAAmbriz, Hector (P)
AAAlderson, Tim (P)
A+Bacus, Dakota (P)
AAbreu, Osvaldo (SS)
RookieAlvarado, Elvis (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 as an 18-year-old, Lopez raced up prospect lists after a breakout season in which he struck out 70 batters in 83.1 innings between the New York-Penn and South Atlantic leagues. The right-hander features a heavy mid-90s fastball that he can crank up to near triple digits when he feels the need, plus a work-in-progress breaking ball and changeup, and if everything comes together, he'll give the Nationals yet another future ace to slot in alongside Stephen Strasburg and Lucas Giolito. Lopez is a long way from being in their company, though, and even the Yordano Ventura comps getting bandied around are very premature. The kid has massive upside, and that fastball is as close to a guarantee of a big league job as you'll find, but you may want to wait and see if he can dominate over a full season before anointing him as the next big thing.