Milwaukee Brewers: Jorge Lopez Primed for Debut

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Tonight’s a night that I have been waiting a long time for. After watching and listening to Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching prospect, Jorge Lopez dominate the Southern League all season, he will make his much anticipated debut in the Brewers’ rotation. While he is making the jump from AA, here is why the 22-year-old starter could be the best home-grown pitcher that team has had since Ben Sheets.

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To say that Lopez owned the Southern League would be an understatement. He flatout controlled the opposition all year long.  Finishing the year second in the league in ERA, (one point below Shuckers’ teammate, Tyler Wagner) Lopez was nearly unhittable all year long as he was named the Southern League pitcher of the year.

Though most pitchers often fade down the stretch, Lopez appeared to get stronger as the year went on. He not only was able to be one of the team’s winningest pitchers, but he also finished June, August and September with monthly ERA’s well under two. When the Shuckers needed a big outing, he delivered and carried that strong and reliable arm into the postseason.

The Brewers have plenty of young arms to be excited about, but tonight remains a big night for the organization. While the results won’t matter much in the grand-scheme of things and it won’t be easy facing the Tyson Ross, his long awaited debut will help to bring hope to the future of the organization.

Milwaukee has not been in contention all year long, but with pitchers continuing to prove themselves as viable options and an arm like Lopez getting his first shot tonight, it is hard to not envision a bright future. Lopez has climbed up the prospect ladder and is going to be a major part of the future and I can hardly wait to finally see him on the big stage tonight.

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