When Milwaukee Brewers prospects are discussed, Jorge Lopez name is not one that is quickly talked about. Though he is just 22-years-old and he was the team’s futures game representative in 2014, Lopez’s name is often looked past. But with the way he has been pitching so far in 2015, he won’t be overlooked for long. After a dominant month of June, here is a look at Lopez, our Brewers’ minor league pitcher of the month.
The year for Lopez did not start out as strong as he would have liked. While he went 3-2 through the first two months of the season, he posted a 4.21 May ERA. While his combined ERA was still under four, even after surrendering six runs on May 27th, he has been a new man as the calendar flipped to June.
Throughout June, Lopez has been untouchable with the Biloxi Shuckers. With four stellar outings in a row where he allowed a combined three earned runs, Lopez has lowed his ERA from 3.95 to 2.80. In these strong starts, he has not allowed more than four hits in game and not allowed more than two runs in any start. Not only has he kept his WHIP under one for the month (0.80), but he has also held opposing hitters to a .156 batting average for the month.
Currently posting a 6-2 record, Lopez was selected to the Southern League all-star game. As the Shuckers took the Southern League South first half division title, Lopez has been a big reason why.
Though I don’t expect to see Lopez up with the Brewers at any point this season, a promotion to AAA Colorado Springs by season’s end is not out of the question. Lopez is currently ranked as the 11th best prospect in the Brewers system according to MLB.com and with the season like this, he should steadily climb the rankings. With a sinking fastball and an aptitude for getting ground-ball outs, he has the type of arm to be a centerpiece in Miller Park for a long time.