LOPEZ, JORGE

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 10, 1993

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Drafted (2nd round, 2011)

Profile: Drafted by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2011 draft out of high school in Puerto Rico where he starred on the baseball diamond and the volleyball court, Lopez made four AZL appearances in 2011, then returned to Maryvale in 2012 before being sent down to join the Brewers Dominican Summer League team. He returned stateside in 2013, pitching with Low-A Wisconsin then moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2014. 2015 would prove to be the breakout season the Brewers had been waiting for with Lopez, as he moved up to Double-A Biloxi and dominated the Southern League, earning Milwaukee’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year award as well as a late season call-up to join the Brewers for a pair of September starts. He entered 2016 at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he struggled with his command before being sent back down to Biloxi. With a fastball that now sits in the low-to-mid 90’s with some nice movement to it, Lopez’s best pitch is his big breaking curveball which is deadly on hitters when he can command it, and he also mixes in a changeup that is improving. The key for Lopez is the ability to hit his spots and if he can do so consistently, he fits in the conversation as one of Milwaukee’s top young arms.

2011: After signing with Milwaukee for $690,000 following the draft, Lopz was sent to Maryvale to begin his career with the Brewers AZL affiliate. Milwaukee took things slow with their young right-hander, giving him just four starts in which he tallied 12 total innings of work, posting a 2.25 earned run average. He capped off his initial season with his longest outing, tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Indians, striking out five in the process.

2012: Lopez opened 2012 in extended spring training before again suiting up for the AZL Brewers when their season got underway in June and saw action in seven games, making three starts, but struggled to a 1-3 record with a 5.33 ERA. The Brewers felt the Spanish-speaking Lopez might benefit from going down to their affiliate in the Dominican Summer League and he finished out the year there, working 22.2 innings while striking out 26 an posting a 4.76 ERA.

2013: After going down from the AZL to the DSL in 2012, Lopez returned to the states and skipped over Helena, heading straight to Class-A Wisconsin to open the 2013 season. He appeared in 25 games for the Timber Rattlers, working primarily as a starter, but continued to have uneven results. He finished the year with a record of 7-8 and an earned run average of 5.23, occasionally flashing brilliant stuff but struggling to consistently throw strikes.

2014: Lopez moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2014 and showed signs of improvement on the mound, while making 25 starts for the Manatees. He finished the year with a record of 10-10 and showing an increase in his strikeout rate per nine innings while seeing his ERA drop to 4.58. He also was selected to represent the Brewers at the Futures Game in Minnesota, pitching for the World team.

2015: Looking to build off his momentum from a season earlier, Lopez moved up to Double-A Biloxi in 2015 and turned in his best season to date. He made 24 starts for the Shuckers, posting a record 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA. In 143.1 innings of work, the Puerto Rican righty held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average, earning a September call-up to join the Brewers in Milwaukee. Lopez made two September starts for the Brewers, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and was honored as the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

2016: Entering 2016 as the top arm in the Brewers system, Lopez took a step back after moving up to Triple-A Colorado Springs. In an environment that is notorious for catering to hitters, Lopez struggled in 17 appearances with the Sky Sox, going just 1-7 with a 6.81 ERA. His strikeout numbers went down while his walk totals increased and in late July he was sent back down to Biloxi to try to work things out. He made some corrections to his mechanics and finished out the year with a 3.97 ERA in eight starts for the Shuckers before fine tuning things in instructional league and then dominating the winter ball circuit in Puerto Rico.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#8)
2016 (#3)
2015 (#10)
2014 (#16)
2013 (#27)