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5/12/1980 (36 y, 10 m, 18 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 8, Overall: 8, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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Lopez is on the bench again Wednesday and appears to have lost his opportunity to be the team's short-term second baseman, the Brewers' official Twitter feed reports. (8/17/2011)
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Year in Review:
In 2005, at the age of 25, Felipe Lopez of the Cincinnati Reds hit 23 home runs, slashed .291/.352/.486 on a totally sustainable BABIP of .327, and played a league-average shortstop (-0.5 UZR in 140 games). Then he joined the Nationals, and his career descended into a black hole of misery. Okay, maybe that's over-simplifying a bit. The point is, after that excellent '05, Lopez played kind of horribly – that is, until being signed by St. Louis in August of 2008. After that point, Lopez hit a crazy .385/.426/.538, this time on an entirely unsustainable BABIP of .452. That time with St. Louis seems to have rejuvenated Lopez's career, as he went on to post a .356 wOBA last season with Arizona and, following a mid-season trade that sent Cole Gillespie and Roque Mercedes to the desert, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Middle West was once again kind to Lopez, whose plate discipline (12.5% BB rate, 15.8% K rate) was particularly impressive after the trade.
The Year Ahead:
So Lopez entered this past offseason a free agent. Though he hasn't signed at the time of this printing, it's still possible to look at what sort of player Lopez's new team is getting. A couple of things jump out. Most significantly is Lopez's 2009 BABIP, which came in at a robust .360. Something like his lifetime BABIP of .323 is probably more likely, which will bring with it a corresponding drop in batting average. Also, Lopez's power spike of 2005 is now a thing of the past. While he sports a career HR/FB rate of 8.9%, he hasn't actually reached that number since the aforementioned 2005 season. Along with the loss of power has come a loss in stolen base numbers, too, as Lopez has failed to top even 10 stolen bases in either of the past two years. In the final analysis, Lopez is probably a better real-live baseball player than fantasy one. (Carson Cistulli)
Lopez is a free agent headed into 2012, and unless a team envisions him as a starter, he’s likely to occupy a utility or bench role, limiting his value. Should he secure an assignment that will garner him 400 at-bats, he could have some worth as he should qualify at first base, second base, and perhaps even third base depending on your league rules. Lopez, who will be 32 for most of the 2012 season, shouldn’t be counted on for much in the counting stats with just a fist full of home runs and steals with a batting average that could be a significant drag on your squad. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Unless Lopez is handed a starting role, you should look elsewhere. Even with a starting role, his value is limited to deep league formats.
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Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:39 AM ET
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