The Nationals have called up pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to toe the rubber Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers in a 7:05 PM start at National Park. He’ll be opposing Scott Kazmir.
Lopez, 22, is considered the Nationals’ fifth-best prospect. He spent most of the year with Double-A Harrisburg, where he pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 100/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. The Nats promoted him to Triple-A Syracuse in late June. In two starts there, Lopez has yielded four runs on nine hits and six walks with nine strikeouts.
If Lopez sounds familiar, you might’ve seen him in the recently-completed Future’s Game. He got the final out of the sixth inning, getting David Dahl to ground out. Then, he easily got the first two outs of the seventh with an Alex Bregman pop out and a Christin Stewart fly out before giving way to Jharel Cotton, who completed the frame.
The Nationals called up their number one prospect, Lucas Giolito, earlier this year. Infielder Trea Turner, their number two prospect, also debuted in June.
The rest of Tuesday’s action…
Miami Marlins (Jose Urena) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 7:05 PM EDT
Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Godley), 9:40 PM EDT
Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Oakland Athletics (Dillon Overton), 10:05 PM EDT
Texas Rangers (Kyle Lohse) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tim Lincecum), 10:05 PM EDT