Downhill plane from high release point, occasional cut, plays mostly straight; held velocity in stretch and throughout duration of outing, control ahead of command, heavy arm-side use; should play up in shorter stints
11-5 shape, sharp, two-plane break; putaway pitch, induces below-zone chases; shows feel for maintaining shape, lacks control in zone
Hard with little separation from fastball; sinker-like action with sharp fade; limited use; gains in separation from fastball would help pitch play up
Has steadily improved walk rate; locates fastball for strikes, struggles to command off-speed offerings for strikes without chasing
Fastball inconsistent in zone with arm-side tendency; generates consistent shape with the curve; change stays mostly arm-side with inconsistent feel
Acquired from the Angels at the 2015 trade deadline for David DeJesus, Lopez is a stocky righty with a plus fastball and the potential for a plus curve. The fastball sits plus at present with downhill plane and slight cutting action. He's capable of holding velocity into the later innings, though he struggles to command the pitch. There's room to add velocity in shorter stints. The curve shows plus with sharp, two-plane break. He generates chases below the zone, but does not consistently locate the pitch in-zone. The change is seldom used, with little separation from his fastball at present and sinker-like fading action. The fastball-curve mix should play well out of a bullpen; changeup development that is unlikely to progress to average utility makes that his likely landing spot.