SP Jorge Lopez has been looking for some consistency this season and turned in his best start just last night.
At the start of the season, a lot was expected out of SP Jorge Lopez as he had his best full year in the MiLB by having a 2.26 ERA in 143.1 IP. In the last two seasons, in lower levels in the system, he didn’t have a 4.58 ERA or lower.
This season he was the Milwaukee Brewers #2 ranked minor league player by Baseball America and started out in AAA in Colorado Springs. He certainly had high expectations. While at first many pitchers’ stats look a bit off due to playing in Colorado, Lopez simply couldn’t adjust as a breaking ball like curve might’ve just not worked out so well.
Going back to an article in 2005, The Hardball Times, took a look at why a pitcher like Jeff Francis was pitching so well. The key was good control and a two-seam fastball. Of course, no surprise Brent Suter who was recently called up by the Milwaukee Brewers pitches a two-seam fastball and was the best in Colorado Springs having a 3.50 ERA in 110.2 IP.
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But, overall Lopez still needed to find a way to adjust and his numbers weren’t even close to where they were last year with the Biloxi Shuckers. In 79.1 IP, he had a 6.81 ERA and he nearly 3 more walks per 9 innings with a 6.24 BB/9 in AAA.
On July 25th, he was sent back down to AA and had to figure out like many pitchers have to when they struggle, his control. He went 5 IP in each of his first 4 starts and showed times of his 2015 productivity having 10 Ks in one game, but still hadn’t put it all together.
Yesterday, he had a solid start all around, so let’s check out the numbers along with the rest of the pitchers and hitters for the Milwaukee Brewers AA team. They went 4-2 and are 62-61 overall this season.
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