Yoan López

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Yoan López
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 50
Born: (1993-01-02) January 2, 1993 (age 25)
Nueva Gerona, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 2018, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through September 28, 2018)
Win–loss record 0-0
Earned run average 3.38
Strikeouts 11

Yoan López Leyva (born January 2, 1993) is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).


López played three seasons for the Isla de la Juventud in the Cuban National Series.[1] He defected from Cuba in 2014 to pursue a career in Major League Baseball (MLB). In his final season in Cuba, he had a 3.12 earned run average (ERA) with 28 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.[2] He received interest from numerous teams, including the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres[3][4] before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[5] In 2015, he played for both the Arizona League Diamondbacks of the Rookie-level Arizona League and the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League, pitching to a combined 2-6 record and 4.17 ERA in 54 innings between both teams.

In 2016, López pitched for the Mobile. He struggled, posting a 5.52 ERA in 62 innings, and left the team with the intention to retire.[6] However, he returned to the organization in September 2016 to pitch for the Diamondbacks' Arizona League affiliate. He spent 2017 with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League and posted a 2-0 record with a 0.88 ERA along with 56 strikeouts in ​30 23 innings.[7] In 2018, he pitched for the Jackson Generals of the Southern League. The Diamondbacks promoted him to the major leagues on September 3.[8] López faced the Atlanta Braves on six days later in his major league debut, giving up 2 home runs and a triple in his first 8 pitches.[9]

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  1. ^ Yoan López… De Isla de la Juventud a San Pedro de Macorís por un gran sueño
  2. ^ Yankees de New York ponen el ojo en lanzador cubano Yoan López
  3. ^ Another Yoan (Lopez) on the radar
  4. ^ MLB hot stove: Yankees interested in hard-throwing Cuban Yoan Lopez?
  5. ^ Badler, Ben (January 13, 2015). "Diamondbacks Agree To Sign Yoan Lopez". Baseball America. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2016/06/30/arizona-diamondbacks-prospect-lopez-leaves-team-again/86575938/
  7. ^ "Yoan Lopez Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Piecoro, Nick; Morin, Richard (September 3, 2018). "Diamondbacks promote prospect Yoan Lopez as bullpen reinforcement". Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (September 9, 2018). "9th-inning homers power Braves' series win". MLB.com. Retrieved September 9, 2018.

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