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Portrait of Wilton Lopez

Wilton Lopez PRockies

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
66.0 4.20 1.28 46 3 1 3 0.5
Birth Date7-19-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age31 years, 3 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82010
0.72011
0.72012
0.52013
0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 HOU 25 8 2 19.3 8.7 10.7 0 2 0 1 0 0 97 32 21 18 4 50 8 8 1 9 8.38 6.21 7.72 -5.4 -0.5
2010 HOU 26 68 0 67.0 0.0 67.0 5 2 1 4 0 0 262 66 23 22 4 96 5 4 0 50 2.96 2.61 3.58 7.2 0.8
2011 HOU 27 73 0 71.0 0.0 71.0 2 6 0 6 0 0 298 72 26 22 6 101 18 15 3 56 2.79 3.40 3.71 6.9 0.7
2012 HOU 28 64 0 66.3 0.0 66.3 6 3 10 6 0 0 260 61 18 16 4 85 8 6 2 54 2.17 2.74 3.80 7.0 0.7
2013 COL 29 75 0 75.3 0.0 75.3 3 4 0 5 0 0 321 88 35 34 6 126 18 14 1 48 4.06 3.54 4.60 5.3 0.5
2014 COL 30 4 0 6.3 0.0 6.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 18 8 8 3 29 0 0 0 4 11.37 8.00 6.68 0.1 0.0
Career2922305.38.7296.71617112200127433713112027487574772213.543.394.2821.12.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 GRL A 2 0 1.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 STA A- 2 0 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TAM A+ 1 0 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 FTW A 22 0 30.0 4.75 87 .248 .263 .333 .388 .265 .323 97 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2007 LEL A+ 22 0 20.7 4.49 116 .278 .269 .342 .424 .269 .378 98 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2008 LEL A+ 30 0 30.7 4.59 108 .249 .272 .335 .412 .263 .357 98 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
2008 SAN AA 27 0 38.3 4.44 93 .257 .270 .345 .413 .279 .310 87 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2008 POR AAA 1 0 1.0 5.44 91 .294 .310 .403 .467 .276 .333 95 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 PES Wnt 14 0 16.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 HOU MLB 8 2 19.3 7.72 25 .346 .264 .327 .419 .261 .373 97 -4.0 -0.4 -5.4 -0.5
2009 CCH AA 29 15 110.3 3.83 128 .254 .267 .340 .390 .249 .332 117 28.6 3.0 27.2 2.8
2009 PES Wnt 6 5 19.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 HOU MLB 68 0 67.0 3.58 113 .234 .258 .321 .398 .264 .305 93 7.2 0.8 7.2 0.8
2010 ROU AAA 3 0 5.0 4.38 127 .322 .290 .352 .458 .268 .400 116 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2011 HOU MLB 73 0 71.0 3.71 112 .241 .254 .316 .398 .259 .307 101 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2012 HOU MLB 64 0 66.3 3.80 111 .219 .260 .322 .414 .264 .297 99 7.0 0.7 7.0 0.7
2012 OKL AAA 2 0 2.0 15.19 -159 .530 .243 .313 .419 .280 .250 81 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
2013 COL MLB 75 0 75.3 4.60 99 .255 .252 .316 .383 .256 .331 112 4.5 0.5 5.3 0.5
2014 COL MLB 4 0 6.3 6.68 61 .416 .250 .307 .390 .257 .517 120 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2014 CSP AAA 23 1 43.3 4.69 118 .261 .272 .336 .423 .268 .375 112 6.1 0.6 5.5 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 TAM A+ 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 2 1 2 0 0% .400 9.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.50 4.50 0.0 0.0
2004 GRL A 0 1 0 2 0 1.7 4 1 2 0 0% .500 21.2 5.3 0.0 10.6 2.94 0.00 0.0 0.0
2004 STA A- 0 0 0 2 0 3.0 5 1 2 2 0% .273 15.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 2.00 12.00 0.0 0.0
2007 FTW A 1 0 0 22 0 30.0 34 2 17 2 66% .323 10.2 0.6 0.6 5.1 1.20 3.30 1.2 0.1
2007 LEL A+ 2 1 3 22 0 20.7 35 1 19 3 63% .378 15.2 0.4 1.3 8.3 1.74 6.09 5.5 0.5
2008 POR AAA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 2 1 0 33% .333 9.0 18.0 0.0 9.0 3.00 9.00 0.0 0.0
2008 LEL A+ 2 1 12 30 0 30.7 34 4 26 0 60% .357 10.0 1.2 0.0 7.6 1.24 2.64 5.1 0.5
2008 PES Wnt 1 1 1 14 0 16.0 20 4 16 3 0% .362 11.2 2.2 1.7 9.0 1.50 5.06 0.0 0.0
2008 SAN AA 0 2 0 27 0 38.3 41 9 24 2 64% .310 9.6 2.1 0.5 5.6 1.31 4.93 2.1 0.2
2009 CCH AA 4 5 0 29 15 110.3 133 13 69 8 56% .332 10.9 1.1 0.7 5.6 1.32 4.73 27.2 2.8
2009 HOU MLB 0 2 0 8 2 19.3 32 8 9 4 59% .373 14.9 3.7 1.9 4.2 2.07 8.38 -5.4 -0.5
2009 PES Wnt 3 1 0 6 5 19.3 19 3 13 0 0% .317 8.9 1.4 0.0 6.1 1.14 3.73 0.0 0.0
2010 ROU AAA 2 1 0 3 0 5.0 8 0 2 0 55% .400 14.4 0.0 0.0 3.6 1.60 5.40 1.1 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 5 2 1 68 0 67.0 66 5 50 4 57% .305 8.9 0.7 0.5 6.7 1.06 2.96 7.2 0.8
2011 HOU MLB 2 6 0 73 0 71.0 72 18 56 6 57% .307 9.1 2.3 0.8 7.1 1.27 2.79 6.9 0.7
2012 OKL AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 4 0 1 2 70% .250 18.0 0.0 9.0 4.5 2.00 13.50 -2.4 -0.2
2012 HOU MLB 6 3 10 64 0 66.3 61 8 54 4 57% .297 8.3 1.1 0.5 7.3 1.04 2.17 7.0 0.7
2013 COL MLB 3 4 0 75 0 75.3 88 18 48 6 50% .331 10.5 2.2 0.7 5.7 1.41 4.06 5.3 0.5
2014 CSP AAA 1 2 0 23 1 43.3 58 6 35 4 56% .375 12.0 1.2 0.8 7.3 1.48 4.57 5.5 0.5
2014 COL MLB 0 0 0 4 0 6.3 18 0 4 3 50% .517 25.6 0.0 4.3 5.7 2.84 11.37 0.1 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 335 0.4657 0.5045 0.8757 0.7308 0.3073 0.8947 0.8364 0.1243
2010 933 0.5638 0.5118 0.8008 0.6426 0.3415 0.8550 0.6691 0.1950
2011 1089 0.4913 0.5207 0.8042 0.6748 0.3718 0.8809 0.6699 0.1958
2012 916 0.5295 0.5355 0.8245 0.6680 0.3852 0.8889 0.6988 0.1755
2013 1117 0.4987 0.5591 0.8157 0.7217 0.3964 0.8955 0.6712 0.1843
2014 115 0.5565 0.4870 0.9107 0.6719 0.2549 0.9070 0.9231 0.0893
Career45050.51570.52930.81850.68250.36660.88250.69480.1806

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-01 - Minors - - Right Elbow Loose Bodies -
2014-02-23 2014-03-01 Camp 6 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-07-30 2012-08-04 DTD 5 4 Right Elbow Tightness - -
2012-06-11 2012-07-09 15-DL 28 26 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2012-03-10 2012-03-25 Camp 15 0 Right Forearm Soreness - -
2011-05-20 2011-05-20 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-04-14 2011-05-03 15-DL 19 16 Right Elbow Nerve Injury Ulnar Neuritis -
2010-09-11 2010-09-24 DTD 13 12 - Not Disclosed - -
2009-10-02 2009-10-05 DTD 3 3 Face Surgery Root Canal 2009-10-02
2004-07-26 2004-08-16 Minors 21 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 COL $2,200,000
2013 COL $1,762,500
2012 HOU $515,500
2011 HOU $442,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,720,000
2011Current$2,200,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,920,000
4 yrTotal$4,920,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 38 dLegacy Sports1 year/$2.2M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2014). Signed by Colorado 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Colorado 6/9/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/13/14. Contract selected by Colorado 6/21/14. Refused assignment by Colorado 10/4/14.
  • 1 year/$1.7625M (2013). Signed by Colorado 1/16/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5155M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/24/12. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Houston 12/4/12.
  • 1 year/$0.442M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 2/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Houston 2/24/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/09. Claimed by Houston off waivers from San Diego 4/10/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Diego 11/19/07. Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 3/3/07 (minor-league contract).
  • Voluntarily retired 3/05 – 2/07, released by NY Yankees 3/1/07.
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2002 as an amateur free agent from Nicaragua.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 3 0 0 81.4 73 12 55 7 .286 1.05 3.14 3.42 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 2 0 0 75.1 72 12 51 7 .301 1.13 3.50 3.81 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 2 0 0 70.6 72 12 48 7 .312 1.18 3.77 4.1 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 2 0 0 66.9 71 12 46 7 .321 1.23 4.00 4.35 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 2 0 0 63.5 70 12 43 7 .330 1.28 4.21 4.58 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 2 0 0 60.2 69 12 41 6 .338 1.33 4.43 4.82 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 2 0 0 56.6 67 11 39 6 .348 1.39 4.67 5.08 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 52.6 65 11 36 6 .358 1.45 4.95 5.39 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 47.2 62 11 32 6 .373 1.54 5.35 5.82 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0020062.96812436.3281.274.194.550.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
24% 47% 16% 14% 74%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015313115005458939554.3341.254.044.399.71.56.50.80.4
2016322114805155835554.3241.244.044.409.71.46.20.90.3
2017332114004347731454.3371.274.224.599.91.56.50.80.2
2018342113503742726454.3311.314.344.7210.11.76.31.00.1
2019352113203437726554.3321.314.474.869.91.97.01.30.0
2020362113203438624454.3311.284.244.6110.01.66.31.00.1
2021371113003235621454.3321.294.384.769.91.76.01.10.1
2022381112903135621454.3321.314.364.7310.11.76.01.10.1
2023391112803034620454.3321.324.404.7810.11.85.91.20.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
10.23.811.760.53.532.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Matt Guerrier 2009 2.71
2 86 Matt Belisle 2010 3.23
3 84 Todd Coffey 2011 3.77
4 83 Vinnie Chulk 2009 4.50
5 83 Kevin Gregg 2008 3.93
6 82 Blaine Boyer 2012 0.00 DNP
7 82 Juan Oviedo 2012 0.00 DNP
8 81 Chris Resop 2013 7.00
9 81 Manny Corpas 2013 4.54
10 81 Phil Coke 2013 5.63
11 81 Gary Majewski 2010 22.50
12 81 Cory Wade 2013 0.00 DNP
13 80 Brian Duensing 2013 4.28
14 80 Kameron Loe 2012 5.53
15 79 Julio Mateo 2008 0.00 DNP
16 79 Dan Wheeler 2008 3.39
17 79 Zach Miner 2012 0.00 DNP
18 79 Mike Adams 2009 2.19
19 79 Ryan Madson 2011 2.37
20 79 Chris Ray 2012 0.00 DNP
21 79 Ramon Troncoso 2013 6.60
22 79 Jon Rauch 2009 3.86
23 78 Dave Schmidt 1987 4.14
24 78 Don Mossi 1959 3.63
25 78 Neal Cotts 2010 0.00 DNP
26 78 Bob Locker 1968 2.59
27 78 Wilbur Wood 1972 2.84
28 78 Taylor Buchholz 2012 0.00 DNP
29 78 Luis Ayala 2008 6.30
30 78 Doug Slaten 2010 3.98
31 77 Wil Ledezma 2011 15.00
32 77 Glen Perkins 2013 2.30
33 77 Chad Cordero 2012 0.00 DNP
34 77 Angel Guzman 2012 0.00 DNP
35 77 Casey Janssen 2012 2.54
36 77 Brandon Medders 2010 7.20
37 77 Tim Stauffer 2012 7.20
38 77 Chris Reitsma 2008 0.00 DNP
39 77 Dave Baldwin 1968 4.07
40 77 Willie Hernandez 1985 3.38
41 77 Ramiro Mendoza 2002 4.32
42 77 Joe Black 1954 11.57
43 76 Santiago Casilla 2011 1.92
44 76 Greg McMichael 1997 3.59
45 76 Heath Bell 2008 3.58
46 76 Jesus Colome 2008 4.82
47 76 Gene Garber 1978 2.46
48 76 Chad Qualls 2009 3.98
49 76 Sergio Mitre 2011 5.40
50 76 Lance Cormier 2011 11.20
51 76 Luis Aponte 1983 3.92
52 75 Rafael Perez 2012 3.52
53 75 Steve Karsay 2002 3.46
54 75 Kent Tekulve 1977 3.58
55 75 Justin Duchscherer 2008 2.86
56 75 Manny Acosta 2011 4.02
57 75 Pedro Feliciano 2007 3.66
58 75 Jeff Karstens 2013 0.00 DNP
59 75 Randy Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
60 75 Mark Lowe 2013 9.26
61 75 Ken Sanders 1972 3.70
62 75 Nick Masset 2012 0.00 DNP
63 75 Geoff Geary 2007 5.88
64 75 Manny Delcarmen 2012 0.00 DNP
65 75 Gene Nelson 1991 7.40
66 75 Mark Eichhorn 1991 2.42
67 75 Chris Spurling 2007 5.76
68 75 Mike Wood 2010 0.00 DNP
69 75 Kyle Snyder 2008 21.60
70 75 Rick Bauer 2007 0.00 DNP
71 75 Billy O'Dell 1963 3.64
72 75 Matt Lindstrom 2010 4.39
73 75 Aaron Heilman 2009 4.35
74 75 Burke Badenhop 2013 4.62
75 75 Gary Lucas 1985 3.86
76 75 Steve Howe 1988 0.00 DNP
77 75 Jeremy Affeldt 2009 2.02
78 74 Jason Frasor 2008 4.37
79 74 Michael Wuertz 2009 2.97
80 74 Chad Bradford 2005 3.86
81 74 Tony Pena 2012 0.00 DNP
82 74 Tim Burke 1989 2.55
83 74 Jorge Campillo 2009 6.23
84 74 Gil Heredia 1996 6.26
85 74 Oscar Zamora 1975 5.45 DNP
86 74 Scott Linebrink 2007 4.22
87 74 Doug Corbett 1983 5.19
88 74 Brandon Lyon 2010 3.23
89 74 J.J. Putz 2007 1.38
90 74 Jeff Bennett 2010 0.00 DNP
91 74 Larry Jackson 1961 4.22
92 74 Bill Dailey 1965 0.00 DNP
93 74 Tim Crabtree 2000 5.83
94 74 Kevin Correia 2011 5.26
95 74 Mike Fornieles 1962 6.23 DNP
96 74 Lindy McDaniel 1966 3.40
97 74 Lenny DiNardo 2010 0.00 DNP
98 74 Brandon Backe 2008 6.16
99 73 Jesse Crain 2012 2.44
100 73 Robinson Tejeda 2012 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .313 .365 .229
11 vs R (Multi) .280 .319 .418 .247
18 Split (Multi) -.004 -.005 -.053 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .278 .317 .376 .230
31 vs R (2013) .305 .348 .455 .263
38 Split (2013) -.027 -.031 -.079 -.033
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Ignoring when he was pitching hurt early in 2011, Lopez has posted Eckersley-esque walk rates the past three seasons, and uses much the same playbook as the Hall of Famer. No one has mused about using Lopez in the rotation, but he has three quality pitches, all centered around a groundball-inducing sinking two-seam fastball. When needed, he can chuck the four-seamer in the mid-90s, and his changeup worked particularly well in 2012, a fact to which left-handed hitters will attest. Unlike Eck, his mix of pitches makes stealing a terrible risk: four allowed and five thieves caught so far. Acquired from Houston in December, Lopez gives the Rockies a durable arm whose ability to keep the ball down should serve him well in setting up Betancourt.
2012 Despite having ulner nerve irritation, 2009 waiver find Lopez turned in another very good season of relief for the Astros. He actually improved on his strikeout rate, and after his arm returned to normal, he walked just five batters in his final 47 innings of work. His four-seam fastball tops out over 95 mph, but he's at his best working down in the zone, generating ground ball rates over 50 percent. Easily among the most overlooked relievers in baseball.
2011 Released from the Yankees organization in 2007 and then claimed off waivers by the Astros from the Padres in 2009, Lopez's whirlwind journey of perseverance finally led him to a full-time gig in a major-league bullpen last year. It's safe to say that Lopez earned the trust of his fellow Astros pitchers in his rookie campaign, since he refused to give up his teammates' runs: only one of the 33 runners he inherited scored. He will never be a dominant late-inning reliever, but he can be useful as a seventh-inning guy with his sinker/slider combination, as he doesn't walk batters and keeps the ball in the park.
2010 Wilton Lopez throws strikes and gets lots of ground balls, but his strikeout rate could depress Judd Apatow.
2008 A former Yankee prospect whom the Padres signed out of Nicaragua, righty Wilton Lopez is a sinker specialist who pounds the strike zone

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2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wilton Lopez to the Rockies; your general thoughts on the trade? Specifically, did it surprise you that Colorado, considering how hard their park (or elevation, really) makes it for them to attract pitchers, gave up on Alex White and his mid-90's sinker so early in his career? Should Astros' fans be worried that he's damaged goods or something? And how good of a player should we expect to lose as the PTBNL?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
Feel like the Astros are selling high on W Lopez and buying low on White, so I like the deal for Houston. Not really sure why COL makes that deal, though -- are they a late-inning reliever away from winning that division or the Wild Card? I guess they had to do SOMETHING to shore up that 'pen though, so it makes sense. And they seem like they're done with White as a project, so maybe it works out for both sides.

As far as the PTBNL, well, since I'm sure Kevin Goldstein had I say in compiling that list, I bet HOU gets a solid ballplayer. (Ian Miller)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who closes in Houston?
(floydwicker from San Francisco)
Boy. Wilton Lopez, maybe? So says Jason Martinez of MLB Depth Charts, who spends his days monitoring these things so the rest of us don't have to. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ben, I think that the question-er was hinting at the pending deal between the Phillies and Astros that has Wilton Lopez being sent to Phillies for prospects. Most people, ok fine, some people are wondering who Astros have left in the bullpen to close if Lopez is indeed dealt.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Oh! Excuse my ignorance of recent rumors--today has been busy. In that case...man. Wesley Wright had one save last year. That makes him the incumbent! (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The closer carousel has already begun. What current closers should be looking over their shoulders and who will they see?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I’ll give you three names:

Most likely: Brett Myers – I think he’ll be traded and that Fernando Rodriguez or Wilton Lopez take over.

Very likely: Grant Balfour – Again, traded. Ryan Cook is the next in line.

The wild card: Fernando Rodney. Kyle Farnsworth could be back in early-to-mid June. Maybe the Rays just slide Farnsworth into the eighth inning spot but I wouldn’t be too surprised if they gave Farnsworth the job back and let Rodney go into a set-up role. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I heard on an Astros podcast a few weeks ago that the team had Wilton Lopez throw pitches from the mound while blindfolded to try to get him to focus on his mechanics. Is this awesome or crazy? Best weird training/coaching story you've heard?
(Bill from Amsterdam)
A little of both.

No training story is popping to mind, but I do recall a Manny Ramirez preparation story. The legend goes like this: Ramirez's team was playing Roy Halladay. He told everyone that Halladay was going to throw him a curve, and when that happened, Manny was going to blast it. Two at-bats come and go, no curves, no hits. Third at-bat, Ramirez gets his curve and crushes it.

Tangibly related: Ken Ravizza had a ton of weird, funny little tricks he used with the Cal Fullerton baseball team. Read about those here. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek, who closes in Houston? (Wow, that's a question that is truly only relevant to fantasy players.) Will Lyon be given the chance to stay healthy and hold down the job based on his salary?
(GBSimons from Boise, ID)
I think Lyon is the favorite at this point, but maybe not the heavy favorite. Wilton Lopez, David Carpenter, and Juan Abreu will also be in the mix, possibly among others. Whoever starts with the job is the best bet to saves 25+ games. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you want in HOU for saves for the rest of the year?
(Dave M from Chicago)
I want Wilton Lopez. High strikeouts, high groundball rate, and low walk rate. His BABIP & LOB% stink right now, but that's in a small sample size. If not Lopez, then Melancon. (Jason Collette (note time))


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Wilton Lopez has thrown 4,615 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Sinker (90mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).