Reynaldo Lopez

Reynaldo Lopez

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez's 2020 campaign was derailed by a combination of injury and poor performance that led to a brief demotion to the team's alternate site. He ended the season with a 6.49 ERA that was marred by a 12.4% walk rate and 3.1 HR/9. On a positive note, Lopez incorporated both his slider and changeup more heavily. After throwing his fastball at or near a 60% clip through the first four seasons of his career, Lopez's fastball usage dipped to just over 50% in 2020. As a result, he threw three different pitches at a 20 percent or higher clip for the first time in his career. New pitching coach Ethan Katz could help Lopez build on this tweak to improve his results in 2021. A positive trajectory will be necessary for Lopez to remain in the rotation, as Michael Kopech will return in 2021 and the team could look to add to their staff in free agency as well. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the White Sox in January of 2021.
Charged with loss Sunday
PChicago White Sox
October 3, 2021
Lopez (4-4) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning to take the loss against the Tigers on Sunday.
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Lopez entered Sunday's game to preserve a tie in the top of the ninth inning, but he gave up a home run to lead off the frame before allowing two more runs to come across prior to his removal. The right-hander allowed at least two runs in five of his last six outings of the regular season, and he'll likely pitch out of the bullpen during the playoffs.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
46
Last 10 Games
57
Last 5 Games
54
How many pitches does Reynaldo Lopez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Reynaldo Lopez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .267 569 106 61 134 25 4 23
Since 2019vs Right .258 578 141 30 138 36 0 31
2021vs Left .219 104 22 7 21 6 1 4
2021vs Right .193 118 33 6 21 6 0 6
2020vs Left .200 60 8 9 10 1 0 3
2020vs Right .333 56 15 4 17 4 0 6
2019vs Left .290 405 76 45 103 18 3 16
2019vs Right .267 404 93 20 100 26 0 19
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.58 1.27 139.2 10 9 0 8.6 3.1 2.0
Since 2019Away 5.24 1.43 127.0 5 12 0 7.9 3.0 1.5
2021Home 3.56 0.82 30.1 3 2 0 8.9 1.8 1.8
2021Away 3.29 1.10 27.1 1 2 0 8.2 2.3 1.3
2020Home 5.40 1.47 15.0 1 1 0 7.2 3.6 3.0
2020Away 3.60 1.40 10.0 0 1 0 8.1 5.4 1.8
2019Home 4.77 1.38 94.1 6 6 0 8.8 3.4 1.9
2019Away 6.02 1.54 89.2 4 9 0 7.7 2.9 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Reynaldo 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
4.23
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
95.8 mph
 
ERA
3.43
 
WHIP
0.95
 
BABIP
.229
 
GB/FB
1.15
 
Left On Base
68.3%
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.9%
 
Spin Rate
2207 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.2%
 
Swinging Strike
11.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In 2018, Lucas Giolito posted the worst ERA among qualified starters. While Lopez's 5.38 ERA wasn't the worst of 2019, he was next in line, with only Rick Porcello's 5.52 mark being higher. If you squint, there's a glimmer of hope for Lopez. His 4.88 SIERA suggests the actual 5.38 ERA was unlucky. More importantly, Lopez's second-half skills improved, fueling a 4.29 second-half ERA (6.34 before the break). Specifically, Lopez's strikeout rate improved to 22.5% from 19.5%, his walk rate dropped to 7.3% from 8.5% and his HR/FB plummeted to 1.26 from an unsightly 2.11. Lopez's fastball velocity is 83rd percentile, but he lacks spin on both it and his curve. Their respective spin rates rank 22nd and 7th percentile. Lopez's breakout potential is far from "roster at all costs." However, if you have a deep reserve, consider stashing Lopez and monitoring spin rates and performance early in the season.
Lopez closed out the year with an outstanding run in September (1.09 ERA), bringing his ERA for the season under 4.00 after it got as high as 4.72 in mid-August. Was it mostly luck, or did Lopez actually figure something out down the stretch? He said last summer that he was focusing on the mental aspect of the game instead of just trying to blow by hitters, continuing lessons instilled by Max Scherzer about scouting hitters, locating and changing visual angles. An important aspect of Lopez's development has been the slider that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper taught Lopez in 2017. It has since become Lopez's best pitch by Pitch Values. Lopez's strikeout rate soared to 27.6% over the final month, and while it may have been mostly fluky, part of it may have been his maturation as a pitcher and the more granular scouting of his opponents. Further refinement of the changeup is still needed, but there is plausible upside here.
Acquired from the Nationals last offseason in the Adam Eaton deal, Lopez is one of many power arms the club has stockpiled. After 22 starts for Triple-A Charlotte, registering a 3.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 131 whiffs in 121 innings, Lopez got the call to the majors, making his Pale Hose debut on Aug. 11. Lopez started eight contests, working at least six stanzas in all but one, an impressive feat in today's five-and-fly climate. A 65 percent left-on-base rate didn't do his ERA any favors, though a weak 15 percent strikeout rate didn't help either. Lopez displayed an above-average strikeout clip everywhere else, including a short stint with the Nationals in 2015, so expect the righty and his 95-mph fastball to pick up the pace as he further acclimates to major-league hitters. Lopez has the stuff to be a difference-maker down the line. For now, there will still be growing pains, working half the time in one the American League's friendlier hitting venues.
After dominating Double-A to begin the season, Lopez spent the second half bouncing between Triple-A and the majors, posting solid ratios at Syracuse despite a decline in his strikeout rate but mostly struggling for Washington. He flashed his upside in August, though, posting a 1.29 ERA and 13:4 K:BB in 14 innings over back-to-back starts against the Braves. The 22-year-old right-hander's big weapon is a fastball that averaged 95.8 mph in the majors, but he also mixes in a plus curveball and work-in-progress changeup. There are concerns about his ability to hold up as a starter given his slight frame, but his arsenal should allow him to thrive in a late-inning role if he is eventually moved to the bullpen. Traded to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal, Chicago will give Lopez every chance to stick as a starter, and a strong spring could put him in the rotation to begin 2017.
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 innings at High-A Potomac weren't exactly dominant, but his 2.5 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 indicate an ability to keep the ball in the lower half of the strike zone that will serve him well as he advances through the system. The 22-year-old right-hander fires a heavy high-90s fastball from an easy, repeatable delivery, and his curveball and changeup both have the makings of above-average pitches. Six-foot pitchers with big velocity tend to get typecast as relievers, and that could well be Lopez's eventual fate, but his athleticism and secondary offerings are strong enough to give the Nats every reason to keep him in the rotation as he works his way up the ladder.
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.
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Earns easy win Tuesday
PChicago White Sox
September 29, 2021
Lopez (4-3) allowed one run on two hits while striking out four over six innings as he got the win over the Reds on Tuesday.
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Lifted after 3.1 frames
PChicago White Sox
September 23, 2021
Lopez allowed two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings during the front end of Thursday's twin bill against Cleveland. He did not factor into the decision.
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Wednesday's game called off
PChicago White Sox
September 22, 2021
Lopez and the White Sox won't play Wednesday against the Tigers after the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Falters versus Angels
PChicago White Sox
September 16, 2021
Lopez (3-3) gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk over four innings Thursday to take the loss against the Angels. He had seven strikeouts.
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Sticking in six-man rotation
PChicago White Sox
September 11, 2021
The White Sox are expected to use a six-man rotation over the rest of the season, which will allow Lopez to make a few more starts, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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