Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez was placed on the bereavement list by the Royals on July 31 and the team designated him for assignment upon reinstatement. Claimed by the Orioles, Lopez went on to make six starts and three additional appearances out of the bullpen for Baltimore, pitching to a 5.28 FIP and 9.5 K-BB% over 38.1 innings. He totaled 123.2 innings for the Royals in 2019, and even as a groundballer pitching half his games at Kauffman Stadium, Lopez had major homer problems (1.96 HR/9). He is mostly a fastball-curveball pitcher, mixing in a changeup roughly 10% of the time, with none of the offerings providing much swing-and-miss. Lopez's strikeout rate is under 20% for his career and he has not cracked 20% since his first year in the majors in 2015. He can eat innings for a bad team and that's about it. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2021.
Hit hard again
PBaltimore Orioles
June 17, 2021
Lopez (2-8) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three across 4.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against Cleveland.
ANALYSIS
Lopez was tagged for three home runs, two of which came in the opening inning. After maintaining a 3.68 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 22 innings during four-start stretch from May 21 to June 6, Lopez has surrendered 10 earned runs in nine innings of work across his last two outings. Overall, Lopez has a poor 5.95 ERA paired with a 65:27 K:BB across 65 frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
80
Last 10 Games
82
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Jorge Lopez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jorge Lopez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .303 477 99 40 129 27 1 26
Since 2019vs Right .268 531 103 40 126 16 1 21
2021vs Left .250 124 29 12 27 7 0 6
2021vs Right .291 167 36 15 43 5 0 7
2020vs Left .284 81 15 6 21 4 0 5
2020vs Right .308 88 13 5 24 1 0 2
2019vs Left .332 272 55 22 81 16 1 15
2019vs Right .241 276 54 20 59 10 1 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.62 1.52 104.2 3 8 0 7.4 3.1 1.9
Since 2019Away 5.50 1.39 121.0 5 10 1 8.6 3.3 1.8
2021Home 6.16 1.57 30.2 1 3 0 7.6 3.5 1.5
2021Away 5.77 1.43 34.1 1 5 0 10.2 3.9 2.1
2020Home 3.81 1.15 26.0 2 1 0 6.2 2.1 1.4
2020Away 8.18 1.64 11.0 0 0 0 7.4 4.1 1.6
2019Home 8.44 1.69 48.0 0 4 0 7.9 3.4 2.4
2019Away 5.00 1.33 75.2 4 5 1 8.0 2.9 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Jorge Lopez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.41
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
5.95
 
WHIP
1.49
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
1.94
 
Left On Base
67.3%
 
Exit Velocity
83.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
1997 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lopez has worked nearly 190 innings at the big-league level between Milwaukee and Kansas City with a 7-15 record, 5.89 ERA and 1.51 WHIP to show for it. He is a groundball pitcher who walks the narrowest of tight ropes in order to avoid disaster, but he struggles to stay on that fine line. Four of his 18 starts last season were of the quality variety, and he failed to make it through five innings in six of his other outings. He also allowed multiple homers in seven of his starts while allowing three homers in three of those seven outings. The surface numbers did not improve all that much in relief, though he did have a 4.15 FIP and 3.98 xFIP in his 37.1 innings out of the bullpen, providing some hope that he could have a future there. As long as he's a starter, Lopez is not rosterable unless he is is facing Detroit in a split-squad game.
Lopez bounced between the Brewers' bullpen and Triple-A Colorado Springs for the first half of the season with good results, recording a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings. After being sent to Kansas City as part of the Mike Moustakas trade in late July, he went on to make six starts, posting a 7.14 ERA despite flirting with a no-hitter in one of those outings. His strikeout rate fell from 17.7% in relief to 15.4% as a starter, but that came with a dramatic cut in his walk rate from an untenable 15.3% to 6.0%. Lopez once projected as a No. 3 starter as a prospect (consensus top-75 overall prospect prior to 2016), with decent fastball velocity (averaging 94.5 mph last year) and a deep arsenal. However, after struggling as a starter he was quickly shifted to the bullpen once Milwaukee's window for contention opened. The Royals wouldn't have much to lose by letting Lopez start again in 2019, but fantasy managers can afford to take a wait-and-see approach in most formats.
Lopez was unable to capitalize on an excellent 2015 that included his major league debut at just 22 years old. He was eaten alive at Triple-A Colorado Springs -- a fate many a minor league arm has suffered -- as he served up 101 hits in 79.1 innings and a brutal 6.81 ERA in 16 starts. In July, the Brewers mercifully demoted Lopez back to Double-A, where he found more success but continued to struggle with control and posted a 3.97 ERA, nearly a half run higher than his 2015 mark. Lopez has shown mid-rotation upside, but last year, the inconsistency in his command that had many doubting him in the past defined his campaign. Lopez is just 24, but he needs to turn things around sooner rather than later.
Lopez earned a couple of spot starts and was hit around a bit (14 hits in 10 innings) but struck out 10 batters and managed to hang around for five innings in each start. He was just 22, and he dominated the Double-A Southern League in 24 starts, posting a 2.26 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 143.1 innings despite being two years younger than his average opponent. Lopez may not make Milwaukee's rotation out of spring training, but he will be on the short list of replacements should the Brewers need another starter due to injury or ineffectiveness. That's a pretty good bet, considering that the team used 11 different starting pitchers in 2015. Lopez struck out 137 batters (8.7 K/9) in Double-A last year, and he has the stuff to compete. The next step will be tightening the control, as he posted a 3.3 BB/9 with Biloxi in 2015.
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Suffers seventh loss
PBaltimore Orioles
June 12, 2021
Lopez (2-7) took the loss against Tampa Bay on Saturday, completing 4.2 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight.
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Picks up second win
PBaltimore Orioles
June 6, 2021
Lopez (2-6) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two in five innings to earn the win against Cleveland on Sunday.
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Churns out quality start Monday
PBaltimore Orioles
May 31, 2021
Lopez worked six innings while taking a no-decision Monday in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Twins in 10 innings. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
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Walks four in quality start
PBaltimore Orioles
May 26, 2021
Lopez (1-6) took the loss Wednesday at Minnesota after allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts across six innings.
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Fans eight in loss
PBaltimore Orioles
May 21, 2021
Lopez (1-5) gave up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in five innings Friday against the Nationals. He took the loss.
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