Nicky Lopez
Nicky Lopez
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Kansas City Royals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez made his major-league debut in mid-May after putting on a plate-discipline clinic (14.5 BB%, 3.6 K%) against Triple-A pitching for the first month of the season. He took over the starting job at second base but also saw time at shortstop after Adalberto Mondesi went on the IL, making 100 starts in total. The middle infielder had a 56 wRC+ in 2019, which would have ranked dead last in MLB among qualified hitters. Lopez is a plus defender but will need to lower his 62.2 GB% and improve his 4.5 BB% if he's going to have any staying power in his sophomore campaign. He did steal 15-plus bases each year in the minors, but he had only one stolen base after being promoted in May. The Royals are in full rebuild mode and lack quality depth behind Lopez at second base, so he will likely be given a fair shot to rebound in his age-25 season. Even so, his lack of realistic counting-stat upside limits his appeal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2016 that includes a $243,000 signing bonus.
Provides first homer
2BKansas City Royals
August 8, 2020
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Twins. He was also caught stealing.
ANALYSIS
Lopez did not let his caught stealing in the second inning get him down; the second baseman bounced back in the fourth with his first long ball of the year. It was just his second extra-base hit of the season and Lopez still has a ways to go before he can be considered a viable mixed-league candidate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .665 126 17 2 9 0 .265 .306 .359
Since 2018vs Right .592 323 32 1 25 1 .231 .272 .320
2020vs Left .808 14 2 1 3 0 .250 .308 .500
2020vs Right .678 33 3 0 1 0 .241 .333 .345
2019vs Left .649 112 15 1 6 0 .267 .306 .343
2019vs Right .582 290 29 1 24 1 .230 .265 .318
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+95%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .676 225 21 2 22 1 .265 .302 .374
Since 2018Away .548 224 28 1 12 0 .215 .261 .287
2020Home .902 26 3 1 4 0 .333 .360 .542
2020Away .462 21 2 0 0 0 .118 .286 .176
2019Home .647 199 18 1 18 1 .257 .294 .353
2019Away .556 203 26 1 12 0 .224 .259 .297
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nicky Lopez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.63
 
BB Rate
10.6%
 
K Rate
17.0%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.244
 
OBP
.326
 
SLG
.390
 
OPS
.716
 
wOBA
.320
 
Exit Velocity
78.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.2%
 
Barrels/PA
2.1%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez has risen quickly through the minor-league ranks since being drafted in the fifth round out of Creighton University in 2016. He faced little resistance at the Double-A level over the first half of the 2018 season, walking 10 more times than he struck out with a 20.6% line-drive rate, resulting in a .370 wOBA and 127 wRC+ in 325 PA. His contact rate slipped a bit with the jump to Triple-A Omaha, but his K% was still just 11.3. Lopez maintained a double-digit walk rate and his power exploded in the PCL. He hit seven homers in just 57 games with the Royals' top affiliate, only three fewer than he managed in his first 264 professional games. It was nice to see a surge in that department, but it's tough to buy into the power given he's always been north of 50 percent with his groundball rate. Lopez will already be 24 on Opening Day and is never going to be a star player, but his bat profiles just fine in the middle infield.
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Back in action
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August 5, 2020
Lopez (lower leg) is starting at second base and hitting ninth Wednesday against the Cubs.
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Remains out Monday
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Lower Leg
August 3, 2020
Lopez (shin) remains on the bench Monday against the Cubs, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting with injury Sunday
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Lower Leg
August 2, 2020
Lopez (shin) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
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Makes precautionary exit
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Lower Leg
August 1, 2020
Lopez was removed from Saturday's game against the White Sox with a shin contusion, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Not in lineup
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July 30, 2020
Lopez is not starting Thursday against the Tigers, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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