LOPEZ, FRANK

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 18, 1994

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 175

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (June 22, 2017)

Profile:  Originally signed by Texas out of Venezuela, Lopez worked his way up through the Rangers farm system, reaching Double-A by 2015.  He returned to Double-A Frisco in 2016 and reached Triple-A Round Rock in 2017 before being released by the Rangers in June.  He signed a free agent deal with Milwaukee and was sent to High-A Carolina, where he worked as both a starter and a reliever.  A left-handed hurler who sits in the low-90’s with his fastball, Lopez also shows good feel for a curveball as well as a developing changeup.  He’s been hit fairly hard throughout his minor league career and has struggled to throw his pitches for strikes at times, but he has shown improvements from year to year and put up decent strikeout numbers.

2011:  Signed by the Rangers out of Venezuela, Lopez was sent to the Dominican Summer League and pitched in eight games there, starting seven of them.  He went 1-0 with a 2.03 earned run average, holding batters to a .180 average over 31 innings of work.

2012:  Texas brought Lopez stateside in 2012, assigning him to their AZL affiliate in Surprise, Arizona.  He saw action in 14 games there, starting 11 of them, and went 4-3 with a 5.19 ERA, racking up 53 strikeouts over 52 innings of work.

2013:  Given his first taste of full-season ball in 2013, Lopez moved to Class-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League.  He started all 16 games that he pitched in there, going 3-7 with a 4.79 earned run average and continued to put up good strikeout number, recording 79 K’s in 73.1 innings.

2014:  Lopez returned to Hickory in 2014, starting 15 of the 16 games he worked in.  He was sidelined for roughly two months by injury and after making four rehab starts in the AZL, he returned to Hickory to finish out the season.  He finished the year with a combined record of 4-3 and a 2.72 ERA between the two levels.

2015:  The Rangers moved Lopez up to Advanced-A High Desert in 2015, and the lefty thrived in a difficult pitching environment.  He went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in seven starts and was named to the California League’s All-Star team before moving up to Double-A Frisco.  He appeared in 16 games for Frisco, making 15 starts, and went 3-7 with a 4.92 ERA.

2016:  Lopez returned to Frisco in 2016 and saw time as both a starter and a reliever there and went 5-6 with a 5.28 earned run average.  He allowed 54 earned runs over 92 innings of work and opposing hitters posted a .304 average against him.

2017:  Texas moved Lopez up to Triple-A  Round Rock in 2017 but after four scoreless apearances there, they sent him down to Class-A Down East.  He went 0-2 with an 11.70 ERA in six outings there, then was released in June.  The Brewers inked him to a free agent contract and sent him to their High-A affiliate in Carolina, where he appeared in 12 games, going 3-3 with a 5.85 ERA.