Nicky Lopez
Nicky Lopez
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Kansas City Royals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez has been afforded ample opportunity, but he's been unable to build on his rookie campaign. Lopez's game is contact, so while it was encouraging to see his walk rate jump to 9.4 BB% in 2020, more than doubled his mark from the previous season, a jump from a 12.7 K% to 21.4% was disappointing. Further, Lopez was thrown out all five times he attempted to steal. The lefty swinger was especially poor against lefty pitching, slashing just .162/.262/.243 in that scenario, suggesting a platoon could be in his future in 2021, albeit on the more active side. Lopez will likely be given another chance at the everyday gig at the keystone as there isn't anyone else to challenge him unless the Royals move Whit Merrifield back to the infield. At some point, Bobby Witt will be ready, likely pushing Alberto Mondesi over to second. Until then, Lopez will offer empty batting average and little else. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#598
ADP
$Signed a $243,000 contract with the Royals in June of 2016.
Records steal Friday
2BKansas City Royals
May 14, 2021
Lopez went 1-for-6 with a stolen base and a run scored across both halves of Friday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Lopez contributed to Kansas City's 6-2 win in the matinee by getting aboard with a single in the seventh inning, stealing second and coming around to score on a Carlos Santana single. Lopez has shown some modest speed with three stolen bases in 37 games this year. He's slashed .233/.333/.311 with no home runs, seven RBI and 19 runs scored across 124 plate appearances while filling in for Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) at shortstop.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
25
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .629 190 26 2 15 3 .246 .301 .327
Since 2019vs Right .594 515 51 1 35 2 .228 .289 .305
2021vs Left .713 35 8 0 4 3 .276 .333 .379
2021vs Right .612 93 11 0 3 1 .218 .330 .282
2020vs Left .505 43 3 1 5 0 .162 .262 .243
2020vs Right .604 132 11 0 8 0 .231 .313 .291
2019vs Left .649 112 15 1 6 0 .267 .306 .343
2019vs Right .582 290 29 1 24 1 .230 .265 .318
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .610 367 33 2 33 2 .237 .276 .333
Since 2019Away .579 355 45 1 17 3 .220 .301 .278
2021Home .597 64 8 0 5 1 .224 .270 .328
2021Away .679 64 11 0 2 3 .245 .393 .286
2020Home .544 104 7 1 10 0 .206 .245 .299
2020Away .556 88 8 0 3 0 .194 .333 .222
2019Home .647 199 18 1 18 1 .257 .294 .353
2019Away .556 203 26 1 12 0 .224 .259 .297
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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
0.89
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
14.1%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.075
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.331
 
SLG
.308
 
OPS
.639
 
wOBA
.292
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.5%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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.
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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Scores twice in loss
2BKansas City Royals
May 11, 2021
Lopez went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to Detroit.
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Takes seat Saturday
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May 8, 2021
Lopez isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox.
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Not starting Saturday
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April 24, 2021
Lopez isn't starting Saturday's game against the Tigers.
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Productive day at plate
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April 21, 2021
Lopez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 14-7 loss to the Rays.
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Steals base in win
2BKansas City Royals
April 18, 2021
Lopez went 1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.
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