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
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$Signed with the Brewers in August of 2011.
Surrenders four earned runs
PKansas City Royals
April 21, 2019
Lopez struck out six and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk over seven innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday.
Lopez was able to get through seven innings and was in line for the loss, but the Royals scored six runs in the eighth inning to get him off the hook. The 26-year-old continues to have problems with the long ball as he allowed a three-run homer to Clint Frazier in this contest. Lopez has given up seven home runs and has a 4.50 ERA over five starts this season and is expected to start against the Angels next Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .271 201 34 19 49 10 1 10
Since 2017vs Right .273 171 33 13 42 10 1 3
2019vs Left .321 57 14 4 17 4 1 5
2019vs Right .203 71 15 5 13 4 0 2
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
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Since 2017
ERA on Road
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Since 2017Home 4.98 1.47 47.0 1 3 0 7.1 3.8 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.66 1.40 38.2 1 4 0 7.0 2.8 1.6
2019Home 4.91 1.09 11.0 0 1 0 8.2 2.5 2.5
2019Away 4.26 1.42 19.0 0 1 0 9.0 2.8 1.9
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
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Burned by long ball
PKansas City Royals
April 16, 2019
Lopez (0-2) allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 across six innings to take the loss Tuesday against the White Sox.
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Turns in quality start
PKansas City Royals
April 11, 2019
Lopez surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings Thursday against Seattle. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Hurls quality start against Detroit
PKansas City Royals
April 6, 2019
Lopez gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday. He struck out three and did not factor into the decision.
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Surrenders four in loss
PKansas City Royals
March 31, 2019
Lopez (0-1) took the loss and surrendered four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings Sunday against the White Sox.
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Starting third game of season
PKansas City Royals
March 27, 2019
Lopez is expected to start the third game of the season March 31 against the White Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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