Aquilino López

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Aquilino López
Pitcher
Born: (1975-04-21) April 21, 1975 (age 42)
Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 2, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays
KBO: April 5, 2009, for the Kia Tigers
Last appearance
MLB: September 29, 2008, for the Detroit Tigers
KBO: June 5, 2012, for the SK Wyverns
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 6–6
Earned run average 3.78
Strikeouts 167
KBO statistics
Win–loss record 32–26
Earned run average 3.88
Strikeouts 331
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Aquilino López Roa (born April 21, 1975) is a former professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball and the KBO League. He bats and throws right-handed.

Professional career[edit]

Lopez was first signed by the Seattle Mariners on July 3, 1997 and made his Major League debut on April 2, 2003 after being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays on December 16, 2002 as a Rule 5 draftee. He made 72 appearances in 2003 for the Blue Jays, recording 14 saves and posting a 3.42 ERA over 73 23 innings.

In 2004, Lopez was still in Toronto where he pitched only 21 innings in 18 appearances. He was a member of the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres organizations from 2005–2006, mostly as a Minor League player. Lopez signed with the Detroit Tigers before the 2007 season.

In 2008, after spending most of the season with the Tigers, Lopez was sent down to Toledo when Fernando Rodney was activated from the disabled list. Lopez was called up to Detroit July 2 when Zach Miner was sent to Toledo.[1] Although his ERA on the season was a comparatively low 3.55, he allowed 50.9% of inherited runners to score, the second-highest in the American League. Lopez became a free agent after the 2008 season when the Tigers declined to offer arbitration.[2]

Lopez was signed by the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization on January 14, 2009. In the 2009 KBO season, he went 14–5 with a 3.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts, leading the league in wins and innings pitched (190.1). Lopez won Game 1 and Game 5 of the 2009 Korean Series and recorded two outs in the eighth inning of the seventh game, which Kia won on a walk-off home run in the ninth. The Game 5 win was a complete game shutout. On December 11, 2009, it was announced that Lopez was awarded the KBO Golden Glove Award for pitcher.[3] His final season in Korea was 2012 when he started 5 games for the SK Wyverns.

Achievements[edit]

  • 2009 Most Wins title (KBO)
  • 2009 Most Innings Pitched leader (KBO)
  • 2009 Golden Glove Award (Pitcher) (KBO)

Pitching style[edit]

Lopez throws an 89–91 MPH four-seam fastball, a 79–81 MPH slider, an 83–85 MPH changeup, a 78–79 MPH curveball, and an occasional 84–86 MPH splitter.[4]

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