Reynaldo Lopez
Reynaldo Lopez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $580,000 contract with the White Sox in March of 2019.
Adds slider variation
PChicago White Sox
March 8, 2020
Lopez allowed five hits and struck out five over 4.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's spring game against the Padres.
ANALYSIS
Lopez looked sharp and worked around five singles during his second Cactus League start. He introduced a new wrinkle, throwing two sliders at varying speeds, a suggestion from new catcher Yasmani Grandal, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The catcher cited Lopez's fastball command and use of several pitches in the outing.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
96
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
94
How many pitches does Reynaldo Lopez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .257 920 161 96 207 40 5 35
Since 2017vs Right .257 895 189 58 210 44 5 32
2019vs Left .290 405 76 45 103 18 3 16
2019vs Right .267 404 93 20 100 26 0 19
2018vs Left .220 413 74 44 79 19 2 13
2018vs Right .249 386 77 31 86 15 2 12
2017vs Left .269 102 11 7 25 3 0 6
2017vs Right .247 105 19 7 24 3 3 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.11 1.23 219.0 10 11 0 7.8 3.0 1.8
Since 2017Away 5.23 1.50 201.1 10 17 0 7.1 3.7 1.0
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
2018Home 3.63 1.08 94.1 3 3 0 7.3 2.7 1.8
2018Away 4.20 1.46 94.1 4 7 0 7.1 4.5 0.6
2017Home 3.56 1.22 30.1 1 2 0 6.5 2.4 1.5
2017Away 6.75 1.50 17.1 2 1 0 4.2 3.1 1.0
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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
2.60
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
95.5 mph
 
ERA
5.38
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.324
 
GB/FB
0.89
 
Left On Base
68.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.3%
 
Spin Rate
2062 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Makes spring debut
PChicago White Sox
March 3, 2020
Lopez allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out three over three innings in Tuesday's spring game against Oakland.
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Will start Cactus League opener
PChicago White Sox
February 13, 2020
Lopez is expected to start the spring training opener against the Angels on Feb. 22, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Snaps three-game losing streak
PChicago White Sox
September 28, 2019
Lopez (10-15) allowed one run on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts across eight innings to earn a victory against the Tigers on Saturday.
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Allows five runs in loss
PChicago White Sox
September 22, 2019
Lopez (9-15) gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three through four innings to take the loss against the Tigers on Sunday.
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Surrenders five runs
PChicago White Sox
September 16, 2019
Lopez (9-14) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.1 innings Monday, striking out two batters and taking the loss against Minnesota.
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