Jorge Lopez entered the 2014 season in desperate need of something to build off of. After two consecutive seasons with an ERA over 5.00, Lopez's prospect status within the organization had slid quite far.
Through 14 starts in High-A Brevard County, Lopez has done exactly what he needed to recapture his status as one of the Brewers' top young pitchers. In 80 innings, Lopez has a 2.93 ERA with a 59:20 strikeout to walk ratio. Lopez started out the season slow, but has been lights out since the beginning of May posting an ERA of 1.73 with a .98 WHIP over his last eight starts.
His season took an even greater step in when he was selected to be the Brewers only representative in the MLB All-Star Futures Game to be held July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Lopez from Cayey, Puerto Rico will represent the World Team in the game.
Lopez is a tall, lanky right-handed pitcher listed at 6'4" and 165 lbs. He has the type of body that scouts dream of when looking at prospects, long and lanky with the potential to fill out. His fastball sits at 92-94 and is already a plus offering. If he is able to fill out more he may be able to add even more to the pitch. His curveball has always been a strong offering for him and it continues to be this season. He throws the pitch at different speeds, the power variety of the pitch is a true hammer. Already his go to for a strikeout, the curve will become even better as Lopez gets more comfortable and learns how to set it up.
Lopez is still working on a third pitch. His changeup at this point has the velocity and movement of a two-seam fastball. Sitting at 88-89 with arm side run. The development of this pitch would be extremely beneficial and make Lopez's two plus offerings even better.