We are now in the Top Four for Reviewing the Brew’s Brewer’s prospects and today we are looking at #4 prospect Jorge Lopez who propelled himself to the Majors last year with his best season yet. In 24 games with the Biloxi Shuckers Lopez lead the Shuckers with 137 SO’s, posted 12 wins, a 2.26 ERA and a 2.93 FIP en route to being the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher.
Lopez was able to show that his ERA wasn’t just a fluke, with his 2.93 FIP, showing that even with the league average his ERA would have still been below 3. Despite his 2.26 ERA, it wasn’t good enough to give him the best ERA for the Shuckers, that honor went to teammate Tyler Wagner (2.25). However, Lopez did win Organizational Pitcher of the Month three times in a row.
The 22 year old Puerto Rican Pitcher earned a B+ grade from John Sickel’s and his blog MinorLeagueBall.com. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90s, his curve ball is strong as well as his is change up.
Lopez is by far the best Pitcher in the Brewers organization and has shown that he is ready for The Show, having pitched in two games last season. It his rapid progression along with the numbers from last season that indicate he is ready to play full time in the Blue and Gold. After all at just 22 and only being pitching full time since 18 he shows immense promise and potential.
At 16 Lopez was a shortstop with a knack for volleyball, and could have played in college if he had wanted, but he was convinced to make the switch to being a pitcher and was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Brewers, and by the end of the 2015 season has found himself to be in position to have a spot in the starting rotation, which is why we have him as the Brewer’s #4 prospect