Jesus Lopez didn't put up eye-opening numbers this season, but the talented infield prospect make progress in 2016. The native of Nicaragua played in a career-high 102 games, splitting his season between the Low-A Beloit Snappers and the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. The 19-year-old played in a full-season league for the first time and hit the first two homeruns of his career.
Donald Moore spoke with Lopez during his July stint with the Vermont Lake Monsters about his progress this season and goals for the future.
Donald Moore: Hi Jesus, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Jesus Lopez: I made a lot of adjustments. If you compare this year to last year, and making those adjustments, I feel that it made me a better player this year.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
JL: Work hard, improve my game and have a strong finish to the end of the season .
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?
JL: My defense is strong and I am making the adjustments I need to do for my swing and bat.
DM: What would you'd like to improve on?
JL: Make adjustments in my hitting and that will improve me as a player overall.
DM: What is the best thing about being a professional baseball player?
JL: What I enjoy is just playing baseball. It is more of a discipline level, more challenging, a little bit harder but I just enjoy playing baseball.
DM: What is the hardest thing about being a professional athlete?
JL: The hardest part is the consistency and harder competition.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
JL: I just follow the routine they give to us before the game.
DM: Any hobbies?
JL: Listen to music.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JL: The New York Yankees.
DM: Where are you originally from?
JL: Chinandega, Nicaragua.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
JL: My former coach when I came out of Nicaragua. He was the only person, all the time that taught me about baseball and keeps in track about the game.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball field?
JL: When the fans are looking for a ball and when they touch it, they'll try to come back on to the field.
DM: Any off-season plans?
JL: I just want to work on my body to be ready for next year because it's going to be a long season. I want to start next season strong and finish strong.
DM: I want to thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
JL: Thank you.