Q&A with Jays' 7th Round Pick Christian Lopes

We sat down with Blue Jays' 7th round pick, Christian Lopes, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the shortstop from Edison High School in California says about his game, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: First of all on behalf of me and everyone at Future Jays.com congratulations on being selected by the Blue Jays, can you tell us what it felt like?

Christian Lopes: It was awesome. I mean you wait your entire high school career to be drafted and it's very exciting. I am very honored and happy.

FutureJays.com: Could you talk about your game a little bit, what kind of player you are and how you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Lopes: I'm an up the middle player, I'm a shortstop until wherever they might want to move me. I'm an average hitter, but there are some changes I'm making in my swing to see the ball better, eye conversion things and getting my eyes on that release point. I mean, I want to hit 20-25 home runs down the line and be a power guy eventually.

FutureJays.com: You mentioned the possibility of moving off of shortstop, is that a thing where you believe you can play anywhere or do you have a preference?

Lopes: My preference would definitely be to play shortstop, but sometimes when you're trying to make it to the major leagues, you have to move and that's fine. Whatever they decide is fine, but personally I think I can stick up the middle. There's still a lot of work to be done there, obviously.

FutureJays.com: Could you talk about your biggest strengths and maybe what you need to work on the most?

Lopes: My strength is probably my overall approach to the game and putting myself in a good position to hit everyday. Coming out, taking care of my body and having that relentless attitude towards the game. My weakness, well there's a weakness in every aspect of my game and any player's game. But, I would have to say right now my speed and my fast-twitch first step at shortstop. Getting a bit more speed would help my range.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to at the major league level so Jays fans can get an idea of your game a little bit?

Lopes: There's a lot of players out there that I like and I just like to take bits and pieces from all of them and not just compare myself to one guy. If I had to pick a hitter than I like to try and emulate, it'd be Pujols. I mean, my swing doesn't look like that, but there are little things like getting good arc and staying centered that he does a great job of. Defensively, I like to model myself after guys like Derek Jeter and David Wright, guys who were born to win.

FutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be selected by the Jays?

Lopes: I was hoping to be taken by a few teams and the Blue Jays were one of them, though it was earlier. I started slipping in the draft a bit, but then just to be drafted at all was so exciting. When my name was finally called it was exciting. How could you not be excited to be picked by a great ball club like the Blue Jays?

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?

Lopes: I'd have to say... Overall, just the USA baseball experience. I mean, there's just so much great experiences that I've had I can't just pick one. Everyday you step on the field for a great new experience and that's what makes the game so great.

FutureJays.com: Is it your intention to sign quickly and start your career?

Lopes: Yeah, I would love to sign ultimately. You know, it's likely that I'm heading to USC, but I'd love to work something out with the Jays. I mean I'd be honored to be a Blue Jay, but it's honestly on the ropes. It's 50/50.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: First of all on behalf of me and everyone at Future Jays.com congratulations on being selected by the Blue Jays, can you tell us what it felt like?
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\r\nChristian Lopes: It was awesome. I mean you wait your entire high school career to be drafted and it's very exciting. I am very honored and happy.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you talk about your game a little bit, what kind of player you are and how you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: I'm an up the middle player, I'm a shortstop until wherever they might want to move me. I'm an average hitter, but there are some changes I'm making in my swing to see the ball better, eye conversion things and getting my eyes on that release point. I mean, I want to hit 20-25 home runs down the line and be a power guy eventually.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You mentioned the possibility of moving off of shortstop, is that a thing where you believe you can play anywhere or do you have a preference?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: My preference would definitely be to play shortstop, but sometimes when you're trying to make it to the major leagues, you have to move and that's fine. Whatever they decide is fine, but personally I think I can stick up the middle. There's still a lot of work to be done there, obviously.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you talk about your biggest strengths and maybe what you need to work on the most?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: My strength is probably my overall approach to the game and putting myself in a good position to hit everyday. Coming out, taking care of my body and having that relentless attitude towards the game. My weakness, well there's a weakness in every aspect of my game and any player's game. But, I would have to say right now my speed and my fast-twitch first step at shortstop. Getting a bit more speed would help my range.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to at the major league level so Jays fans can get an idea of your game a little bit?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: There's a lot of players out there that I like and I just like to take bits and pieces from all of them and not just compare myself to one guy. If I had to pick a hitter than I like to try and emulate, it'd be Pujols. I mean, my swing doesn't look like that, but there are little things like getting good arc and staying centered that he does a great job of. Defensively, I like to model myself after guys like Derek Jeter and David Wright, guys who were born to win.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be selected by the Jays?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: I was hoping to be taken by a few teams and the Blue Jays were one of them, though it was earlier. I started slipping in the draft a bit, but then just to be drafted at all was so exciting. When my name was finally called it was exciting. How could you not be excited to be picked by a great ball club like the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: I'd have to say... Overall, just the USA baseball experience. I mean, there's just so much great experiences that I've had I can't just pick one. Everyday you step on the field for a great new experience and that's what makes the game so great.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Is it your intention to sign quickly and start your career?
\r\n
\r\nLopes: Yeah, I would love to sign ultimately. You know, it's likely that I'm heading to USC, but I'd love to work something out with the Jays. I mean I'd be honored to be a Blue Jay, but it's honestly on the ropes. It's 50/50.
\r\n
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