Reynaldo Lopez
Reynaldo Lopez
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Saddled with tough-luck loss
PChicago White Sox
September 28, 2018
Lopez (7-10) allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five over six innings, taking the loss in the first game of Friday's twin bill against the Twins.
Lopez gave up a run in the first inning and another in the sixth, and although he managed to keep Minnesota's offense in check for the majority of his outing, he'd exit the ballgame down by a run. Despite getting hit with the loss, the 24-year-old put up a quality start in his final start of the regular season. He posted a 3.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 151 strikeouts through 188.2 frames in 2018.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .224 620 108 64 121 26 2 23
Since 2016vs Right .265 587 115 47 140 28 5 13
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
2016vs Left .193 105 23 13 17 4 0 4
2016vs Right .353 96 19 9 30 10 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
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ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 3.82 1.16 143.2 7 6 0 7.0 2.7 1.7
Since 2016Away 4.61 1.50 136.2 8 10 0 7.3 4.5 0.6
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
2016Home 5.21 1.47 19.0 3 1 0 6.2 3.3 1.4
2016Away 4.68 1.64 25.0 2 2 0 10.4 5.4 0.4
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Fans eight in victory
PChicago White Sox
September 21, 2018
Lopez (7-9) allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings Friday, picking up the win over the Cubs.
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Blanks O's for sixth win
PChicago White Sox
September 15, 2018
Lopez (6-9) struck out six and picked up the win Saturday, allowing four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Orioles.
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Fans 10 in no-decision
PChicago White Sox
September 9, 2018
Lopez threw six scoreless innings Sunday, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out 10 against the Angels. He didn't factor into the decision, though.
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Goes seven strong in no-decision
PChicago White Sox
September 3, 2018
Lopez didn't factor into the decision Monday against the Tigers, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six across seven innings.
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Strong performance in fifth win
PChicago White Sox
August 29, 2018
Lopez (5-9) picked up the win Wednesday in a 4-1 victory over the Yankees, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.
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