The Island to the Show: Reynaldo Lopez
MLB Debut: July 19
Harrisburg stats (2016)
3-5, 3.18 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .235 BAA
76.1 IP, 25 BB, 100 K
The book on Reynaldo Lopez before he came to Harrisburg was that his right arm had the power of a lightning bolt, but also the unpredictability of one.
The 22-year-old broke spring training camp with the team and headed north in April for the first time in his professional career. Before this season, the earliest Lopez had thrown in a game was May 7, 2015 and it did take a while for the Dominican righty to heat up. But starting in late May, Lopez shredded his way through the Eastern League as he struck out 55 batters over five full starts including setting or matching a career-high three times. During that same stretch, he held opponents to a 1.60 ERA and a .358 slugging percentage.
For his efforts Lopez earned a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse and two starts later was called upon to make a spot start for the Nationals. The 6’0″ right-hander would go on to make 12 appearances at the Major League level including one in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers.