Nicky Lopez
Nicky Lopez
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lopez has risen quickly through the minor-league ranks since being drafted in the fifth round out of Creighton University in 2016. He faced little resistance at the Double-A level over the first half of the 2018 season, walking 10 more times than he struck out with a 20.6% line-drive rate, resulting in a .370 wOBA and 127 wRC+ in 325 PA. His contact rate slipped a bit with the jump to Triple-A Omaha, but his K% was still just 11.3. Lopez maintained a double-digit walk rate and his power exploded in the PCL. He hit seven homers in just 57 games with the Royals' top affiliate, only three fewer than he managed in his first 264 professional games. It was nice to see a surge in that department, but it's tough to buy into the power given he's always been north of 50 percent with his groundball rate. Lopez will already be 24 on Opening Day and is never going to be a star player, but his bat profiles just fine in the middle infield. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2016 that includes a $243,000 signing bonus.
On bench Sunday
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September 29, 2019
Lopez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Twins.
ANALYSIS
Lopez started the previous five games and went 8-for-16 with five doubles, three runs scored and four RBI, but he'll take a seat in the season finale. Humberto Arteaga will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday in his place.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
17
4
16
11
22
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
2
6
5
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .649 112 15 1 6 0 .267 .306 .343
Since 2017vs Right .582 290 29 1 24 1 .230 .265 .318
2019vs Left .649 112 15 1 6 0 .267 .306 .343
2019vs Right .582 290 29 1 24 1 .230 .265 .318
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .647 199 18 1 18 1 .257 .294 .353
Since 2017Away .556 203 26 1 12 0 .224 .259 .297
2019Home .647 199 18 1 18 1 .257 .294 .353
2019Away .556 203 26 1 12 0 .224 .259 .297
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nicky Lopez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
4.5%
 
K Rate
12.7%
 
BABIP
.273
 
ISO
.084
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.325
 
OPS
.601
 
wOBA
.267
 
Exit Velocity
85.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.3%
 
Barrels/PA
0.3%
 
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Another multi-hit effort
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September 25, 2019
Lopez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
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September 5, 2019
Lopez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
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Remains on bench
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September 4, 2019
Lopez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Detroit.
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Day off Tuesday
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September 3, 2019
Lopez is not starting Tuesday against the Tigers.
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Drives in three
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August 26, 2019
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Indians in 10 innings.
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