Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Creighton University, middle infield prospect Nicky Lopez reached Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League in 2017 after a midseason promotion there from High-A Wilmington in the Carolina League. In 129 summer games between the two levels, the 22-year-old (DOB: March 13, 1995) got 517 at-bats and slashed .279/.348/.356/.704 with 18 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 21 stolen bases, 52 walks, and 52 strikeouts. After the season, the Royals sent Lopez to the Arizona Fall League, where the 5’11”, 175 lb. infielder played for the Surprise Saguaros. He crushed good pitching in the AFL, finishing with a .383/.433/.568/1.001 line and five doubles, two triples, two home runs, seven walks, and 14 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances.
An exceptional defensive middle infielder who possesses a knack for contact and a very mature approach at the plate, Nicky Lopez seems primed to push past size questions and over-achieve his way into a role as a big league regular in another few years. It remains to be seen whether he can stick at shortstop or ultimately move over to second base, but his glove is for real and he’ll be an interesting follow in 2018. Below, you’ll find Baseball Census‘ full Nicky Lopez scouting report based on our viewings of the Kansas City Royals prospect at the AFL the last two months.
Nicky Lopez Scouting Report, Kansas City Royals — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
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