Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with the Brewers in August of 2011.
Likely shut down for 2018
PKansas City Royals
Coach's Decision
September 24, 2018
Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Lopez would likely be shut down for the final week of the 2018 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The report doesn't specify why Lopez will be unavailable, but it's likely just a matter of the Royals not wanting to overwork the right-hander after he suffered a rib contusion when he ran into teammate Hunter Dozier in his Sept. 14 outing. Lopez was able to make his subsequent turn through the rotation Thursday against the Tigers, but was lit up for seven runs on eight hits over one inning before getting pulled. While it appears Lopez's season will end on a sour note, he flashed some potential during his brief run in the Kansas City rotation, highlighted by a perfect-game bid Sept. 8 against the Twins that was broken up in the top of the ninth inning. The 25-year-old should be given every opportunity next spring to claim a full-time starting role with the big club.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .250 144 20 15 32 6 0 5
Since 2016vs Right .322 100 18 8 29 6 1 1
2018vs Left .242 139 20 14 30 6 0 5
2018vs Right .318 95 18 8 27 5 1 1
2017vs Left .500 5 0 1 2 0 0 0
2017vs Right .400 5 0 0 2 1 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.00 1.58 36.0 1 2 0 6.8 4.3 0.8
Since 2016Away 5.03 1.37 19.2 1 3 0 5.0 2.7 1.4
2018Home 5.00 1.58 36.0 1 2 0 6.8 4.3 0.8
2018Away 5.09 1.25 17.2 1 3 0 5.6 2.5 1.5
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 4.50 2.50 2.0 0 0 0 0.0 4.5 0.0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
K/BB
1.73
 
K/9
6.4
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
5.03
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.310
 
GB/FB
1.63
 
Strand %
67.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Rocked for seven runs Thursday
PKansas City Royals
September 20, 2018
Lopez (2-5) suffered the loss against the Tigers on Thursday, allowing seven earned runs and eight hits in one innings. He didn't allow a walk or record a strikeout.
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Cleared to start
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September 20, 2018
Lopez (ribs) has been cleared to start Thursday against the Tigers.
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Expected to start Thursday
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Ribs
September 19, 2018
Lopez (ribs) is expected to start Thursday against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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MRI comes back clean
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Ribs
September 15, 2018
Lopez underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed no additional damage to his ribs, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers bruised rib
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Ribs
September 14, 2018
Lopez exited Friday's game against the Twins with a left rib contusion.
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