April 21, 1975 |
Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic
|MLB: April 2, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|KBO: April 5, 2009, for the Kia Tigers|
|MLB: September 29, 2008, for the Detroit Tigers|
|KBO: June 5, 2012, for the SK Wyverns|
|Earned run average||3.78|
|Earned run average||3.88|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 2⁄3 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. 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.
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. His final season in Korea was 2012 when he started 5 games for the SK Wyverns.
- 2009 Most Wins title (KBO)
- 2009 Most Innings Pitched leader (KBO)
- 2009 Golden Glove Award (Pitcher) (KBO)
- "Tigers' Miner sent to Triple-A; Lopez recalled". International Herald Tribune. July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
- Kornacki, Steve (December 13, 2008). "Tigers offer salary arbitration to seven players". Mlive.com. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
- (Korean) KIA, GG 수상자 4명 배출…최다득표 김현수(종합)