Lopez retired all five batters he faced to pick up his 14th hold in Friday's 10-7 win over the Brewers.
Lopez put behind him an ugly performance the previous night, when he took the loss after allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. On Friday, he came on after Matt Andriese gave up three runs in the seventh inning, allowing the Brewers to get within striking distance, and he set down the opposition for 1.2 innings. Thursday's performance aside, Lopez has emerged as a steady hand in the bullpen. His is a name to keep in mind if the Diamondbacks choose to be sellers at the trade deadline. They are still in the mix for one of two NL wild-card spots, but if things go south between now and the end of the month, they could deal closer Greg Holland.
Lopez (1-3) was charged with the loss Thursday against the Brewers, surrendering three runs on four hits while recording just one out.
Lopez replaced starter Merrill Kelly in the eighth inning with the score tied, 1-1. The right-hander gave up a leadoff double to Eric Thames, a single to Keston Hiura and an RBI single Orlando Arcia. The Brewers then double stole, causing catcher Carson Kelly to lurch his throw down the left field line as Huira made his way home. Lopez then gave up a sacrifice fly to Jesus Aguilar to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. Across 43 appearances this season, Lopez owns a 2.23 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 27:11 K:BB.
Lopez (1-2) recorded just one out before surrendering the lead Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Lopez came into the 10th inning with the score tied, 4-4. He successfully sent Chris Taylor down on strikes but fell victim to the beast that is Cody Bellinger, who blasted a walkoff home run to end the game. Over 33 innings this season, Lopez has compiled a 1.36 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB.
Lopez allowed two runs on four hits while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 11-10 extra-inning loss to the Rockies.
With Archie Bradley not instilling confidence, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo turned to Lopez, perhaps the team's best reliever this season, to protect a two-run eighth-inning lead. Lopez entered the inning with a 0.82 ERA and seven consecutive scoreless appearances before being tagged with his second blown save of the season.
Lopez (0-1) allowed two hits and a run in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Braves.
Lopez was taken deep by Atlanta's Ronald Acuna in the eighth inning of a tie game. It was the fifth run he's allowed in 1.2 career innings against the Braves; he hasn't allowed an earned run to any other team. Other than against Atlanta, the young right-hander has blossomed into a dependable bullpen arm.
Lopez pitched a scoreless third of an inning to register his third hold in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Braves.
Lopez hasn't allowed a run in nine of his 10 appearances with a 1.23 ERA and 5:4 K:BB over 7.1 innings. The right-hander uses an upper-90s fastball and slider and has a minor-league history of lots of strikeouts and walks. With the Diamondbacks in a transitional year, Lopez could emerge with a greater role later this season, particularly if he can harness the fastball. The 26-year-old was used as a closer in 2018 at Double-A Jackson.
Lopez pitched a clean inning and picked up his second hold in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
Lopez has made five scoreless appearances thus far, allowing three walks and two hits over 4.2 innings. All of his work has come in middle relief, mostly in the sixth inning.
Lopez allowed a run on two hits while striking out one over 1.1 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Lopez, 26, made his major-league debut in 2018 when he was a September callup. He's known for his fastball, which he threw two-thirds of the time during his 10-game cameo last year. "I think that he is getting information that will help him become an elite pitcher on this staff," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic . "Look, major-league hitters can get wood on a bullet; you can't throw it hard enough for some guys. There's some secondary stuff that I felt like he needed to clean up ... and it's coming along." As such, Lopez has focused on his slider and adding a splitter in an effort to earn an Opening Day bullpen slot.
Lopez worked a scoreless ninth inning and struck out a batter in a 6-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday.
Since allowing three runs on three hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while failing to retire a batter in his MLB debut Sept. 9, Lopez has been lights-out in his subsequent five appearances. He's yielded only two hits while walking none over five innings, allowing him to build a case for being used in higher-leverage situations. Though Yoshihisa Hirano seems reasonably secure in his role as the Diamondbacks' closer, Lopez could get some setup opportunities over the final week of the season with Archie Bradley and Jake Diekman both having struggled of late in that capacity.
Lopez will be promoted from Double-A Jackson on Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Lopez was going to be added to the 40-man roster anyway to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so the Diamondbacks opted to bring him up for the final month of the season after he impressed at Double-A, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 87:26 K:BB across 61.2 innings with the Generals. The right-hander also picked up 12 saves, and has the potential to be an overpowering late-inning arm with his fastball/slider combination.
Lopez is expected to open the 2018 season at Double-A Jackson, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
The Diamondbacks coughed up $16 million to sign Lopez out of Cuba in 2015 with the hope that the right-hander would emerge as a frontline starter in the majors down the road. A combination of injuries, off-field incidents and inconsistent stuff from start to start effectively removed Lopez from the prospect radar following his first two and a half years in the organization, but he turned a corner last July upon converting to a relief role. While making all but one of his 21 appearances at High-A Visalia last season, Lopez submitted a 0.85 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 59:10 K:BB in 31.2 frames, leaning heavily on a mid-90s fastball and sharp slider to blow hitters away. The 25-year-old will face a stiffer challenge upon moving up to the Southern League, but if he finds similar success out of the bullpen with Jackson, a second-half promotion to the big club could be in the offing.
Lopez, 24, has submitted a 0.46 ERA and 33:6 K:BB over 19.2 innings with High-A Visalia this season.
The Diamondbacks signed Lopez as an international amateur out of Cuba to much fanfare in 2015, but the right-hander proved to be a major disappointment in his first two years in the United States. After Lopez posted a 5.52 ERA across 14 starts with Double-A Mobile last season, the Diamondbacks elected to convert him to a relief role in 2017. While that will likely limit his long-term appeal in dynasty formats, the move to the bullpen will likely speed up Lopez's arrival to the big leagues, especially if he continues to perform as well as he has this season with Visalia.
Lopez is dealing with a strained rotator cuff and will be sidelined until late June, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Lopez hasn't pitched in a game all season due to a plethora of injuries. It's unclear when this latest ailment cropped up, but it's expected to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.
Lopez has returned to the mound for the Arizona League Diamondbacks after leaving Double-A Mobile earlier this summer with the intention of quitting baseball.
It's encouraging that he is back pitching, but Lopez's track record of emotional issues (he has left the team before, among other things), coupled with the fact that he's just not that good of a prospect, means that he can be ignored in most dynasty formats. At this point, it wouldn't be surprising if the Diamondbacks looked at converting him to a reliever in an effort to lessen the mental fatigue that comes with turning a lineup over multiple times while dealing with the harsh pitching conditions in the upper levels of the minors.
Lopez left the Double-A Mobile BayBears on Wednesday with the intention of quitting baseball, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Lopez, who defected from Cuba, has been dealing with personal issues since arriving in the United States. Last season, he left his team for a while before they tracked him down. Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said he talked to Lopez this week to try and convince him to hold off on a decision about quitting baseball. "We're trying to get him back on track," Stewart said. "Emotionally, he just has not smoothed out."
Lopez allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks while striking out four during seven innings in a win against Biloxi on Thursday.
The 23-year-old holds a 3.76 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP for Double-A Mobile this season. Through 40.2 innings of work, batters have hit .261 against Lopez, and his 22:17 strikeout to walk ratio leaves something to be desired. But after coming off a recent hand injury that landed him on the 7-day DL and caused him to miss a start, Lopez responded with one of his best outings of the year Thursday. He will need to continue to pitch like he did last game and put his 2015 season (1-6 record with a 5.06 ERA) behind him.
Lopez has shown consistency with his fastball velocity, while also displaying more maturity in his return to Double-A Mobile to begin the 2016 season, the Arizona Republic reports.
To say that Lopez had a disappointing season in 2015 would be an understatement. He left his minor league affiliate without explanation for several days last summer, and then proceeded to hit 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson in the face with a pitch during a simulated game at the team's spring training complex a few weeks later. Lopez has struck out eight and walked four while holding the opposition to three runs on 12 hits over 18 innings in his first three starts. Even with the good results early on, Lopez has a lot to prove before he will receive consideration for a 40-man roster spot in Arizona.
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