Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez's days as a starter are likely over, as he was used strictly as a reliever in 2022 and turned in the best season of his career. His success can be attributed to a velocity spike on all four pitches, with noticeably more movement. Lopez averaged 97.7 mph on his sinker, a whopping +2.4 difference from 2021 that resulted in a career best 57.8% groundball rate. He also set career marks with a 2.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 24.2% strikeout rate. Lopez's success as a reliever afforded him closing duties early in the 2022 season. He posted 23 saves between the Orioles and Twins, but struggled with his command after the trade to Minnesota and saw limited chances for his new club. Lopez should earn a nice raise in his second year of arbitration, but his relief role for 2023 is currently unclear. He's likely to get some save chances, but don't count on double digits in the category again. Somewhere from seven to 15 saves is a more reasonable expectation. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Orioles in November of 2021. Traded to the Twins in August of 2022.
Falters in non-save situation
PMinnesota Twins
September 2, 2022
Lopez (4-7) took the loss Friday versus the White Sox, allowing a run on two hits and a hit batter in two-thirds of an inning.
ANALYSIS
Lopez got one out with no trouble, but he allowed the next three batters aboard to load the bases. Jose Abreu then hit into a fielder's choice -- after a review ruled he wasn't hit by a pitch -- to tag Lopez with the loss. The 29-year-old reliever has gone 4-for-6 with a loss and four runs allowed in 11.2 innings as the Twins' closer after he was traded from the Orioles at the deadline. For the year, he owns a 1.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 63:21 K:BB with 23 saves in 29 chances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Jorge Lopez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jorge Lopez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .271 441 87 52 102 23 4 17
Since 2020vs Right .266 582 125 46 138 16 0 15
2022vs Left .218 123 27 17 22 4 3 1
2022vs Right .199 175 45 14 31 2 0 3
2021vs Left .294 237 45 29 59 15 1 11
2021vs Right .292 319 67 27 83 13 0 10
2020vs Left .284 81 15 6 21 4 0 5
2020vs Right .308 88 13 5 24 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.74 1.31 125.0 6 10 13 7.8 3.3 1.0
Since 2020Away 6.11 1.59 104.2 3 12 10 8.8 4.5 1.5
2022Home 1.76 1.12 41.0 3 4 13 8.6 4.0 0.2
2022Away 3.60 1.27 30.0 1 3 10 9.9 3.9 0.9
2021Home 5.12 1.52 58.0 1 5 0 8.1 3.4 1.4
2021Away 6.93 1.73 63.2 2 9 0 8.5 4.8 1.7
2020Home 3.81 1.15 26.0 2 1 0 6.2 2.1 1.4
2020Away 8.18 1.64 11.0 0 0 0 7.4 4.1 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Jorge Lopez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.32
 
K/9
9.1
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
97.7 mph
 
ERA
2.54
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.276
 
GB/FB
2.73
 
Left On Base
74.0%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.5%
 
Spin Rate
2044 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lopez was placed on the bereavement list by the Royals on July 31 and the team designated him for assignment upon reinstatement. Claimed by the Orioles, Lopez went on to make six starts and three additional appearances out of the bullpen for Baltimore, pitching to a 5.28 FIP and 9.5 K-BB% over 38.1 innings. He totaled 123.2 innings for the Royals in 2019, and even as a groundballer pitching half his games at Kauffman Stadium, Lopez had major homer problems (1.96 HR/9). He is mostly a fastball-curveball pitcher, mixing in a changeup roughly 10% of the time, with none of the offerings providing much swing-and-miss. Lopez's strikeout rate is under 20% for his career and he has not cracked 20% since his first year in the majors in 2015. He can eat innings for a bad team and that's about it.
Lopez has worked nearly 190 innings at the big-league level between Milwaukee and Kansas City with a 7-15 record, 5.89 ERA and 1.51 WHIP to show for it. He is a groundball pitcher who walks the narrowest of tight ropes in order to avoid disaster, but he struggles to stay on that fine line. Four of his 18 starts last season were of the quality variety, and he failed to make it through five innings in six of his other outings. He also allowed multiple homers in seven of his starts while allowing three homers in three of those seven outings. The surface numbers did not improve all that much in relief, though he did have a 4.15 FIP and 3.98 xFIP in his 37.1 innings out of the bullpen, providing some hope that he could have a future there. As long as he's a starter, Lopez is not rosterable unless he is is facing Detroit in a split-squad game.
Lopez bounced between the Brewers' bullpen and Triple-A Colorado Springs for the first half of the season with good results, recording a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings. After being sent to Kansas City as part of the Mike Moustakas trade in late July, he went on to make six starts, posting a 7.14 ERA despite flirting with a no-hitter in one of those outings. His strikeout rate fell from 17.7% in relief to 15.4% as a starter, but that came with a dramatic cut in his walk rate from an untenable 15.3% to 6.0%. Lopez once projected as a No. 3 starter as a prospect (consensus top-75 overall prospect prior to 2016), with decent fastball velocity (averaging 94.5 mph last year) and a deep arsenal. However, after struggling as a starter he was quickly shifted to the bullpen once Milwaukee's window for contention opened. The Royals wouldn't have much to lose by letting Lopez start again in 2019, but fantasy managers can afford to take a wait-and-see approach in most formats.
Lopez was unable to capitalize on an excellent 2015 that included his major league debut at just 22 years old. He was eaten alive at Triple-A Colorado Springs -- a fate many a minor league arm has suffered -- as he served up 101 hits in 79.1 innings and a brutal 6.81 ERA in 16 starts. In July, the Brewers mercifully demoted Lopez back to Double-A, where he found more success but continued to struggle with control and posted a 3.97 ERA, nearly a half run higher than his 2015 mark. Lopez has shown mid-rotation upside, but last year, the inconsistency in his command that had many doubting him in the past defined his campaign. Lopez is just 24, but he needs to turn things around sooner rather than later.
Lopez earned a couple of spot starts and was hit around a bit (14 hits in 10 innings) but struck out 10 batters and managed to hang around for five innings in each start. He was just 22, and he dominated the Double-A Southern League in 24 starts, posting a 2.26 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 143.1 innings despite being two years younger than his average opponent. Lopez may not make Milwaukee's rotation out of spring training, but he will be on the short list of replacements should the Brewers need another starter due to injury or ineffectiveness. That's a pretty good bet, considering that the team used 11 different starting pitchers in 2015. Lopez struck out 137 batters (8.7 K/9) in Double-A last year, and he has the stuff to compete. The next step will be tightening the control, as he posted a 3.3 BB/9 with Biloxi in 2015.
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Secures 23rd save
PMinnesota Twins
August 29, 2022
Lopez struck out one batter in a perfect inning and earned a save over the Red Sox on Monday.
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Notches 22nd save on double play
PMinnesota Twins
August 20, 2022
Lopez gave up two walks and struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday.
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Records 21st save Monday
PMinnesota Twins
August 15, 2022
Lopez picked up the save in Monday's 4-2 win over the Royals. He allowed zero runs on two hits and zero walks while striking out one over one inning.
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Blows another save
PMinnesota Twins
August 13, 2022
Lopez allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning, taking a blown save in Saturday's 5-3 extra-innings loss to the Angels.
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Blows save Friday
PMinnesota Twins
August 5, 2022
Lopez allowed a run on three hits in one inning in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Blue Jays.
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