Rodrigo López (baseball)
López with the Arizona Diamondbacks
December 14, 1975 |
Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico State, Mexico
|July 7, 2000 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||4.82|
Rodrigo López Muñoz (born December 14, 1975) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League. López was a pitcher in the Mexican League in 1995 when the San Diego Padres purchased his contract.
Major League Baseball career
San Diego Padres
He worked his way up to the major leagues with the Padres, when he made his debut on April 29, 2000. López did not appear in the majors in 2001, but spent the entire year with the High Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm and Triple-A Portland Beavers. He became a free agent after the 2001 season. And
López joined the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 where he went 15–9 and in the process was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year. 2003 was a disappointment for López, as he went 7–10 in an injury-marred campaign. In 2004, he was moved to middle relief but pitched his way back into the starting rotation. That year, his record was 14–9.
On January 12, 2007, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for minor leaguers Jason Burch and Jim Miller. López underwent Tommy John surgery on August 22, 2007, and became a free agent at the end of the season.
On August 22, 2008, exactly one year after his surgery, he signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. The contract included the rest of 2008, and 2009, with a major league option. He started his Braves career by pitching for the Gulf Coast League Braves, before being promoted to Single-A Rome. He was released by the Braves in November 2008.
On March 5, 2009, López signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was called up to the Phillies from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs on July 3, 2009 and started that night against the New York Mets, allowing two runs in 61⁄3 innings to pick up the win in a 7–2 Phillies victory. It was his first win in the major leagues since he defeated the Phillies on July 7, 2007 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. On September 9, he was released by the Phillies.
López was signed to a minor league contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 16, 2009. On March 30, 2010, Lopez was named the Diamondbacks 4th starter after having a wonderful spring training compiling a 2.35 ERA in 5 games with 4 game starts in 15.1 innings. His regular season was disappointing, however, with an ERA of a flat 5.00 starting in 33 games. He won 7 games, and lost 16.
On January 31, 2011, López signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta sent him to Triple A at the end of Spring Training where he started Opening Day for the Gwinnett Braves.
He is married to Romy, and the couple have two boys: Rodrigo, Jr. (born March 7, 2003) and Raymond (born March 5, 2005).
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- Cubs Acquire Rodrigo Lopez From Braves, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 26, 2011.
- Sullivan, Paul (April 23, 2012). "Lopez designated for assignment". Chicago Tribune.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)