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  • Rafael Devers: Boston's Rising Star
    in Community by The Full Court Press - 8/17/2017 -  2
    The Red Sox's third-base problem was not solved by a veteran rental. No, it was solved by a sweet-hitting 20-year-old Dominican named Rafael Devers. But before I explain Devers’ spectacular rise

  • Pitcher Spotlight: Breaking Down Reynaldo Lopez's 2017 Debut
    in RotoGraphs by Nick Pollack - 8/15/2017 -  6
    We've been waiting all year for Reynaldo Lopez to show up in Chicago and he came out with guns blazing in his 2017 debut, fanning five in his first six outs en route to allowing just two earned runs

  • Let's Watch Rafael Devers Take Aroldis Chapman Deep
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 8/14/2017 -  29
    should've happened, but I can bring myself to get it. I can understand the mechanism. When Davis took his hopeful swing, Rafael Devers was, I don't know, somewhere. Probably, he was watching

  • We Need to Talk About Rafael Devers
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 8/4/2017 -  60
    Last night, Rafael Devers played his eighth game in the Major Leagues since being called up to fix Boston's third base problem. In that eighth game, he recorded his 13th hit. It looked like

  • Projecting Rafael Devers
    in FanGraphs by Chris Mitchell - 7/25/2017 -  15
    Happy Rafael Devers Day! The highly-touted 20-year-old is slated to make his big-league debut tonight, and will almost certainly provide Boston with a sizable upgrade at the hot corner. Devers

  • Rafael Devers and 20-Year-Old Call-Ups
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 7/24/2017 -  21
    The list of 20-year-old third basemen is impressive, includes Adrian Beltre. (Photo: Keith Allison) Rafael Devers will be called up to the majors on Tuesday. Well, I suppose he may technically

  • The Case for Rafael Devers
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 5/18/2017 -  26
    baseman this summer. I think there's a pretty decent chance that the Red Sox' stretch-run third baseman is already in the organization. You probably know the name Rafael Devers already. He's not any

  • Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Reynaldo Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Chris Mitchell - 7/19/2016 -  1
    electric young arm: hard-throwing 22-year-old Reynaldo Lopez debuts tonight against the Dodgers. Lopez was signed out of the Dominican back in 2012, and his stuff has landed him on top-100 prospect lists

  • Quick Looks: Eickhoff, Lopez, and Ross
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 11/17/2015 -  2
    .   Jorge Lopez (50 CV/60 FV) 9/29/15 vs Padres Game Thoughts • I watch Lopez after getting offered him in a trade in a deep league. I really didn’t expect much from him, but came back

  • Rafael Montero Scouting Report
    in Community by chris zaccherio - 5/1/2015 -  0
    Rafael Montero is one of the New York Mets' top pitching prospects, and he was given the spot start the other evening against the Mets' division rival the Miami Marlins.  Montero got the loss after

  • Rafael Betancourt Remembers The Last Man He Hit
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 4/16/2015 -  3
    I told Rafael Betancourt that he hadn't hit a batter with any of his last 10,307 pitches thrown. He laughed, and said nobody had ever told him that before. "I remember it. It was Marcus Thames. Funny

  • Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing
    in FanGraphs by August Fagerstrom - 3/16/2015 -  30
    At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That's not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names

  • Exclusive Video: Yoan Lopez, Young Hurler of Baseballs
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 3/6/2015 -  6
    , but... there's not much video of Yoan Lopez out there, so maybe you'd like to see a little of this 21-year old Cuban pitcher the Diamondbacks signed this year. Kind of looks like a scout's wet dream

  • The Return of Incredible Rafael Betancourt Fun Facts
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 2/2/2015 -  14
    This is all the excuse I need: #Rockies sign SS Omar Quintanilla, a utility INF for 2005-09 teams, and re-sign veteran RH reliever Rafael Betancourt — Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) January 30, 2015

  • Arizona Signs Yoan Lopez, But May Pay Very High Price
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 1/13/2015 -  12
    This morning, Ben Badler of Baseball America reported that the Diamondbacks have agreed to sign Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez to a deal that includes an $8.25 million signing bonus

  • Eric Hosmer versus Javier Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 10/25/2014 -  15
    . But in practice, it was a workmanlike effort and a mistake that finally ended the battle between Eric Hosmer and Javier Lopez. The first pitch was a mistake from Lopez. High in the zone

  • What the Hell Happened to Rafael Soriano?
    in Community by Nick Donohue - 9/26/2014 -  0
    (if you are a Nats fan). If I were an unbiased observer, I would find the whole Rafael Soriano situation fascinating. He was having a fantastic first half, and while his ERA was beating his peripherals

  • Rafael De Paula Shows Big League Potential
    in FanGraphs by Ron Shah - 8/25/2014 -  2
    Rafael De Paula, RHP, Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres, High-A – most recently viewed 8/17 at Rancho) De Paula was infamous for years as one of the poster children for age/identity fraud

  • Contextualizing Adam Lopez's Low-Minors Dominance
    in RotoGraphs by Nathaniel Stoltz - 10/10/2013 -  0
    excellence and future potential. One player very much in this mold is White Sox pitching prospect Adam Lopez. "Unheralded" is a word that most certainly applies to Lopez. He was drafted in the 21st

  • Projecting Rafael De Paula
    in RotoGraphs by Nathaniel Stoltz - 9/26/2013 -  0
    Yankees pitching prospect Rafael De Paula entered the season cloaked in mystery. There were three basic things known about him to the general prospecting community. First, despite being a coveted

  • NotGraphs Video Scouting: Rafael Montero, RHP, New York NL
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 5/30/2013 -  2

  • Evening Quiz: Rafael Betancourt or John Cage?
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 4/1/2013 -  10
    with Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt regarding the latter's tendency (documented last August by Jeff Sullivan) to work almost exclusively on the outside corner of the strike zone to left-handed batters

  • Replacing Rafael Furcal
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/4/2013 -  51
    Rafael Furcal has not played 150 games during a single regular season since 2009, and that was bookended by seasons in which he played 36 and 97 games. Last year was the first time Furcal had played

  • Boras Finds Rafael Soriano a Home in D.C.
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 1/15/2013 -  52
    Coming into the offseason, Rafael Soriano had a choice: return to the Yankees in 2013 for $14 million, or opt out, collect $1.5 million, and become a free agent. Consensus around these parts

  • Rockies Continue to Confuse, Acquire Wilton Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/5/2012 -  29
    In a vacuum, you could probably make a decent enough case in favor of exchanging Alex White for Wilton Lopez. As Jeff wrote last week, Lopez is the game's most extreme high GB/low BB reliever

  • The Extremity of Wilton Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 11/28/2012 -  14
    -- they haven't had very many good players. One of their few good players has been reliever Wilton Lopez. Now Wilton Lopez isn't an Astro anymore. Basically. The Astros and Phillies have unofficially

  • Rafael Furcal: Is This The End?
    in RotoGraphs by Chris Cwik - 11/8/2012 -  1
    It all started out so promising. Just when it looked like Rafael Furcal's career was in jeopardy, he started to turn things around. Furcal got off to a blazing start in 2012, hitting .315/.384/.427

  • Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 9/14/2012 -  26
    A report broke yesterday that Rafael Soriano may opt out of his $14 million option for next season with the Yankees in order to once again test the free agent market. On the surface, this would seem

  • Effectively Wild Episode 42: Breaking Down Baltimore's Latest Extra-Inning Win/Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
    in FanGraphs by Ben Lindbergh - 9/14/2012 -  0
    Ben and Sam discuss the Orioles' exciting 14-inning victory over Tampa Bay, then break down Rafael Soriano's season and his upcoming opt-out decision.

  • Rafael Betancourt Is Just Getting Laughable
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 8/31/2012 -  33
    than Rafael Betancourt, even though Rafael has been around longer, and even though Yuniesky is terrible. But then, that's kind of the reason. Yuniesky wasn't supposed to be terrible, but he became

  • Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit: New Closers on the Waiver Wire?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/16/2012 -  4
    the shelf-life of a closer in 2012 is about a week.  Here's a look at who's getting the baton passed to them now... Rafael Soriano, NYY  |RP|  Ownership:  ESPN - 27.2%  Yahoo - 46.0% In the short

  • Has Rafael Furcal Found The Fountain Of Youth?
    in FanGraphs by Wendy Thurm - 5/10/2012 -  29
    In his age 34 season, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is off to tremendous start. Through Wednesday's action, Furcal is batting .361/.423/.508 with a .413 wOBA and a 168 wRC+. In 138 plate

  • Rafael Betancourt, Still Undervalued
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 2/8/2012 -  8
    Only five relievers have a higher WAR than Rafael Betancourt since 2009, Matt Thornton, Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Brian Wilson, and Sean Marshall. Despite ranking up there with the best

  • Rafael Furcal Rejoins Cardinals
    in RotoGraphs by Erik Hahmann - 12/13/2011 -  2
    It wasn’t the resigning the team, or fans, had hoped for last week, but Rafael Furcal’s return to the Cardinals is an important one. It’s important for the Cardinals because they’re going

  • Rafael Betancourt: Elite Closer?
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 12/9/2011 -  3
    acquiring a durable starter or a third baseman, but the reason the Rox were comfortable swapping Street is that they have a top-tier reliever ready for a shot at the closer's spot. While Rafael Betancourt

  • Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals: MLB Trade Deadline Deals and the Fantasy Impact
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/2/2011 -  0
    At the MLB trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash considerations to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos

  • Jose Lopez Finds Work With Marlins
    in FanGraphs by Tommy Rancel - 6/10/2011 -  5
    It was not too long ago when Jose Lopez was a perfectly capable starter on a major-league team. Sure, he was far from a star, but was league-average bat with passable defense at several positions

  • Diagnosing Rafael Soriano's Woes
    in FanGraphs by Steve Slowinski - 4/27/2011 -  29
    To say that Rafael Soriano has struggled so far this season would be akin to saying Babe Ruth was a decent ballplayer: you'd technically be right, but off by multiple factors of ten. Soriano has

  • 2nd Basemen Making an Impact: Sanchez, Cabrera and Lopez
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 4/13/2011 -  2
    , but with his versatility in playing both the 2B and SS position, he could be a nice injury plugin. Jose Lopez – 14% owned – 29/0.241/2/1 – The season started good for Lopez when he got the first 5

  • Deep League Waiver Wire: Chris Getz, Rick Ankiel, Felipe Lopez
    in RotoGraphs by Zach Sanders - 4/11/2011 -  5
    you some homers, hopefully without killing your batting average. Felipe Lopez | 1% | 1% Michael Barr touched on Lopez on Saturday, and I’ll add a little bit more here. Lopez may have been

  • Rafael Soriano, Your Head Asplode
    in FanGraphs by Bradley Woodrum - 4/6/2011 -  65
    into the 8th inning. As a Rays fan, I know well how Soriano can and will close down many a late inning affair. So, when Rafael Soriano took the bump last night, I considered my evening of baseball complete

  • Rafael Soriano: Research Darling
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 4/6/2011 -  18
    , it was mentioned to me several times that Rafael Soriano is always in the top five and that the list must be broken. It's certainly possible that the list is broken, but after combing through the code

  • Rodrigo Lopez: Better Than You Think
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 2/1/2011 -  63
    for 2011. Player B is Rodrigo Lopez, who signed a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with an invite to spring training yesterday. Now, let's be clear - there are differences between Arroyo

  • Rafael Soriano Finds His Treasure
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 1/13/2011 -  111
    Thought to be the best closer on the market this off-season, Rafael Soriano was supposed to be a hot commodity in free agency. After weeks of waiting and watching other relievers grab inflated deals

  • Rafael Soriano's Quest For Treasure
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 1/12/2011 -  38
    . Rafael Soriano stands as the next possible victim of this skill set deficiency, and for the second time in as many winters. This year actually marks the first time Soriano has hit the free agency

  • Jose Lopez to Colorado
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 12/3/2010 -  17
    In the moments leading up to the non-tender deadline, the Mariners managed to move second baseman Jose Lopez, receiving minor league pitcher Chaz Roe from the Rockies in return. Seattle was planning

  • Cardinals Release Felipe Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 9/22/2010 -  8
    The Cardinals released super-utility infielder Felipe Lopez yesterday after what can only be described as a disappointing 2010 season. Lopez hit only .231/.310/.340 for the Cardinals and rated

  • No Free Passes Against Lopez
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 9/20/2010 -  0
    pitcher: Wilton Lopez of the Astros. Lopez's 0.73 BB/9 rate in 62 IP leads all relievers, and it makes him a rarity: a productive reliever who doesn't rely on the strikeout. Lopez is the only reliever

  • Jose Lopez's Woeful 2010
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 6/23/2010 -  10
    About a month ago, Matthew Carruth wrote up Jose Lopez’s odd season. Summarizing his accomplishments to date with: It’s not all cheery news however. While Lopez may pace the entire league

  • Jose Lopez, Feast and Famine
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Carruth - 5/19/2010 -  9
    One of the more intriguing quirks of the young 2010 season has been Jose Lopez. A full time second baseman for the prior four seasons, Lopez earned a reputation as a visually unappealing glove man

  • Felipe Lopez Will Wear the Red Bird
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 3/1/2010 -  10
    If Felipe Lopez earns the maximum payout on his 2010 player contract, he will earn roughly $2.2M from the Cardinals. Lopez was worth nearly 5 wins last season and roughly 3 wins in the three seasons

  • Felipe Lopez Latches On with St. Louis
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 2/27/2010 -  2
    Fresh off of a 2009 season in which he posted 4.6 Wins Above Replacement, Felipe Lopez entered the off-season anticipating free agent riches. However, with general managers likely anticipating

  • Which Teams Could Most Use Felipe Lopez?
    in FanGraphs by Joe Pawlikowski - 2/15/2010 -  17
    players appear a bit more impatient. Count Felipe Lopez among the latter crowd. He fired Scott Boras over the weekend, reportedly over frustration that he, like 10.6 percent of Americans, lacks a job. His

  • Rafael Soriano Traded to Rays for Chavez
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 12/10/2009 -  2
    Righty reliever Rafael Soriano, a Type A free agent fresh off a dominant 2009 season, caught the Atlanta Braves off guard when he accepted the club's offer of arbitration. Having already ponied up

  • Felipe Lopez's Outstanding Season
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 10/13/2009 -  5
    Remember, way back in the day, when Felipe Lopez was talked about as a future superstar? Shortly after the turn of the decade Lopez became the toast of the Jays’ middle infield prospects*. He would

  • The Felipe Lopez Trade
    in FanGraphs by Erik Manning - 7/20/2009 -  9
    Yesterday the Diamondbacks traded Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for a pair of minor leaguers -- outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed reliever Roque Mercedes. Well out of contention, Arizona

  • Can Rafael Furcal Overcome Injuries?
    in RotoGraphs by Brian Joura - 12/28/2008 -  1
    The shortstop position is so weak in fantasy right now that Rafael Furcal, a player who has had his last two seasons marred by injury and one who enters the season carrying some seriously bad karma

  • Rafael Furcal's Looming Decision
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Carruth - 12/15/2008 -  6
    Going by the frequency of rumors, it seems that Rafael Furcal might be on the verge of signing his likely last big payday. Since we haven't yet done it here at FanGraphs, let's go through what he

  • Daily Graphing - Rafael Soriano & J.J. Putz
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 5/12/2006 -  3
    -men and closers, I came across the Mariners' unlikely duo of Rafael Soriano and J.J. Putz; neither of which are "officially" a setup-man or a closer at the moment. Abandoning my original mission