Lopez is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians.
He is hitting .207 with zero home runs, zero steals, nine strikeouts and two walks in 58 at-bats this month. Whit Merrifield will start at second base while Alex Gordon, Bubba Starling and Jorge Soler start in the outfield from left to right.
Lopez will start at second base and bat seventh Thursday against the Indians.
Lopez has slotted into the lower third of the order for three straight games after Adalberto Mondesi returned from the 10-day injured list earlier this week and was immediately reinstalled as the team's No. 2 hitter. With the rookie now set to occupy a spot in the bottom half of the lineup for the foreseeable future, his opportunities to both score and produce runs will likely take a hit.
Lopez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Sunday in the Royals' 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.
Since moving back into the No. 2 hole with Adalberto Mondesi (groin) on the shelf, Lopez is hitting .282 with three RBI and 10 runs in 10 games. The climb up in the lineup hasn't had much of an impact on Lopez's involvement in the running game, however. He was caught stealing in Sunday's contest, marking his only stolen-base attempt during that 10-game stretch. He'll be back in action for Monday's series finale as the Royals' starting second baseman and No. 2 hitter, per Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City.
Lopez will start at second base and bat second Saturday against the Twins.
Lopez has hit in the bottom half of the order for much of June, but he'll stick in the No. 2 spot for the third straight game now that Adalberto Mondesi (groin) is on the 10-day injured list. The rookie got off to a hot start upon arriving in the big leagues in mid-May before enduring a prolonged cold streak, but his bat has been on the upswing lately. Though he saw a three-game multi-hit streak come to an end in Friday's 8-7 loss, Lopez reached base on a walk and hit-by-pitch and came around to score on both occasions.
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a home run and another run scored in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.
Lopez got the ball rolling for the Royals offense with a solo home run off Matthew Boyd in the second inning, then singled and scored in the fourth. The long ball was Lopez's first in the big leagues, but his second at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha where the Royals and White Sox faced off to promote the upcoming College World Series. Lopez formerly played at Creighton University, just six blocks away from the stadium. The 24-year-old got off to a hot start following his promotion to the majors in May but has since slowed down. Through 25 games, he's hitting .216/.259/.314 along with 11 runs scored, five RBI and one stolen base.
Lopez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Lopez is slashing just .133/.133/.200 through eight games this month, so he'll retreat to the bench to clear his head following a string of seven consecutive starts. In his place, Whit Merrifield is covering the keystone, with Terrance Gore sliding over to right field.
Lopez will start at second base and bat seventh Thursday against the Red Sox, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
After serving as the Royals' leadoff or No. 2 hitter in each of his first 18 games in the big leagues, Lopez will slot into the lower third of the order for the second straight day. There was some thought that the lefty-hitting Lopez's drop in the order Wednesday might have been due to southpaw Chris Sale starting for Boston, but the rookie again finds himself as the No. 7 hitter with right-hander Ryan Weber on the bump. It's difficult to quibble with manager Ned Yost's decision to move Lopez down, given that the 24-year-old has reached base at a .116 clip over his past 10 starts.
Lopez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Lopez will sit for the first time since earning a promotion to the big leagues May 14, ending a streak of 17 straight starts. The 24-year-old got off to a hot start to his MLB career with a .405 on-base percentage in his first nine games, but he's delivered a .139 OBP over the subsequent eight contests. He could be at risk of losing hold of the leadoff gig if he doesn't show improvement upon rejoining the lineup.
Lopez went 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the White Sox.
The rookie had gone 0-for-17 over his prior four games, but Lopez snapped out of it emphatically with his first career three-bagger and his first RBI since his debut. His .237/.308/.322 slash line so far doesn't jump off the page, but the 24-year-old is getting a look in the leadoff spot, and his 6:11 BB:K through 14 big-league games suggests he might be able to handle the assignment.
Lopez will bat leadoff and start at second base Sunday against the Yankees.
After opening his MLB career as the Royals' No. 2 hitter, Lopez and Whit Merrifield flipped spots in the order for both halves of Saturday's doubleheader loss. Lopez only went 2-for-8 with a run scored between the two contests, but his .370 on-base percentage since joining the big club suggests he won't be out of place atop the order. A full-time leadoff assignment could also help spark Lopez's involvement on the bases, as he has yet to attempt a steal with the Royals.
Lopez will start at second base and bat second Tuesday against the Rangers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
As promised, Lopez will immediately step into a starting role with the Royals at the keystone upon his arrival in the big leagues, meaning more time in the outfield for Whit Merrifield. Lopez is set to face Shelby Miller in the first big-league start of his career.
Lopez will have his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
According to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic, Lopez will immediately step in as the Royals' primary second baseman. The addition of Lopez will move Whit Merrifield to the outfield on a more regular basis, while third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez will likely shift to a bench role as part of the domino effect of the roster shuffle. The promotion is warranted for Lopez, as the well-regarded prospect was slashing .353/.457/.500 with a trio of homers and nine stolen bases through 31 games with Triple-A Omaha this season. Jake Newberry was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Lopez was assigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
Lopez hit .278/.365/.417 in 57 games for Triple-A Omaha last season. He'll likely return there to make his case for a callup.
Lopez has gone 11-for-35 (.314 average) at the plate with three stolen bases in Cactus League play entering Thursday's game against the Rangers.
The excellent bat-to-ball skills Lopez has demonstrated throughout his career have again surfaced during spring training, as the 23-year-old has struck out in just five of his plate appearances. All but one of Lopez's 11 hits have gone for extra bases, however, and his lack of power will likely put a cap on his fantasy ceiling once he reaches the big leagues. Lopez has made a compelling case for the Opening Day roster, but it's most likely the Royals will send him back to Triple-A Omaha to play on an everyday basis with Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi already entrenched as the big club's starting middle-infield tandem.
Lopez was invited to the Royals' major-league camp Tuesday.
Lopez is at best a long shot to break camp with the Royals, but the invitation indicates that the team likes Lopez and wants to give him a chance to work with the big-league coaching staff. He reached Triple-A for the first time in the middle of last season, posting a 109 wRC+ in 57 games for Omaha with an impressive 27:29 BB:K. With a little more seasoning in the minors, he could be knocking on the door sometime this summer.
Lopez was promoted to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.
Lopez hit a strong .331/.397/.416 in 73 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season. Don't expect him to be promoted again this year, though, as the Royals have talked about giving him a full year at the Triple-A level so he won't have to be protected on the 40-man roster this offseason. The 23-year-old projects as a fringe regular long term, with a solid glove and a decent amount of contact but very little power.
Lopez was sent to minor-league camp Monday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.
Lopez went 3-for-17 with two RBI and one walk through nine spring training games. Expect the 22-year-old shortstop to begin his season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Lopez will play in this year's Arizona Fall League, Max Rieper of SB Nation reports.
Lopez had a solid season, hitting .283/.353/.364 with 38 RBI and 21 steals over 123 games split between High- and Double-A. With a strong showing in Arizona, the 22-year-old shortstop should have an opportunity to make a splash in spring training next year.
Lopez is hitting .299 with 14 stolen bases in 22 attempts for High-A Wilmington this season.
While the 63.3 percent success rate on stolen bases isn't amazing, the best testament to Lopez's speed has been his ability to stretch hits into extra bases. Of his 83 hits, 11 have gone for doubles while seven have been triples. He only has two home runs, suggesting the raw power isn't there for the Kansas City prospect, but his legs give him the ability to stretch hits as much as possible.
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