Lopez is expected to begin the 2020 season as the Royals' everyday second baseman, Griffin Fabits of The Kansas City Star reports.
The 25-year-old finished the 2019 campaign splitting time between shortstop and the keystone, but Alalberto Mondesi's return to full health will keep him at second base. Lopez had 402 plate appearances in his rookie campaign but suffered from inconsistency, as evidenced by a .240/.276/.325 slash line with two home runs and one stolen base. Lopez provided quality defense, but he'll need to improve upon the 62.2-percent groundball rate and 4.5-percent walk rate he posted last season.
Lopez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Twins.
Lopez started the previous five games and went 8-for-16 with five doubles, three runs scored and four RBI, but he'll take a seat in the season finale. Humberto Arteaga will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday in his place.
Lopez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.
Lopez picked up right where he left off following Monday's off day; after going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles Sunday against the Twins, the rookie added three more hits -- including two run-scoring doubles -- in Tuesday's series opener. He's now slashing 294/.310/.412 with one home run and seven doubles over his past 25 games.
Lopez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
He will sit for a third straight game after starting eight in a row. Lopez is hitting .250/.267/.341 with one home run and zero steals over his last 25 games.
Lopez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Detroit.
Lopez sits for the second straight contest. Whit Merrifield moves in to start at second base, with Ryan McBroom starting in right field.
Lopez is not starting Tuesday against the Tigers.
Lopez has gone hitless in three straight games, immediately following a stretch in which he recorded a hit in 12 straight games. Humberto Arteaga starts at second base in his absence.
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Indians in 10 innings.
Lopez's two-run double in the eighth inning looked like it would provide plenty of cushion for the Royals, but the bullpen squandered a five-run advantage before Ryan O'Hearn's solo blast won it for Kansas City in extras. Though Lopez is holding down an everyday role, don't expect much consistent impact from him as a run producer. He had driven in only 12 runs in 34 games since the All-Star break before tying his career high with the three RBI in the series finale.
Lopez is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.
Whit Merrifield will slide over to second base as Cheslor Cuthbert will start at third base and hit fifth against right-hander Mike Clevinger. Lopez had made nine straight starts, going 9-for-28 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored over that span. The left-handed-hitting middle infielder is slashing .213/.247/.290 in 234 plate appearances against righties.
Lopez went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Mets.
After batting ninth in each of the Royals' previous four contests, Lopez moved into the two hole with Alex Gordon receiving a breather in the series finale. While he acquitted himself reasonably well as the No. 2 hitter, Lopez's body of work during his rookie campaign probably isn't enough to earn him a prominent spot in the batting order when the Royals make all of their regulars available. Through 12 games in August, Lopez is slashing .200/.238/.250 with no home runs or stolen bases.
Lopez is not in Sunday's lineup against the Tigers.
He will sit for a second day in a row and is hitting just .198 with zero home runs and zero steals in 86 at-bats since the All-Star break. Humberto Arteaga starts at shortstop and will hit eighth.
Lopez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers.
He is 4-for-25 with zero home runs and zero steals in seven games this month. Humberto Arteaga is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth.
Lopez is not starting Monday against the Blue Jays.
Lopez has shifted over to shortstop with Adalberto Mondesi on the injured list with a shoulder injury. He's recorded a poor .552 OPS on the season and a .415 mark in the month of July, though, so he may not be able to hold down an everyday spot. He'll sit in favor of Humberto Arteaga (and his .471 OPS) on Monday.
Lopez is not in the lineup Friday against the Indians, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Lopez is slashing just .167/.189/.194 with just two extra-base hits (both doubles) and zero steals, so he'll head to the bench following a string of three straight starts. In his place, Whit Merrifield is covering the keystone and hitting leadoff.
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.
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