Nicky Lopezthat as Kansas City Royals‘Probably from the second baseman, the 2021 season will begin in the small leagues.
After beating the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, the team announced that they had picked Lopez for Triple-A. However, with the minor league season being postponed to at least May, he will likely head to the Royals’ alternative training venue in Springdale, Arkansas.
The 26-year-old Lopez has proven his elite defensive skills in both of his seasons in the major leagues. He had saved nine defensive runs on the second base and was a 2020 Gold Glove finalist. After averaging 0.296 with 0.781 OPS during his four-year minor league career, he fought offensively in the major leagues. After posting an average of 0.240 with an OPS of 0.601 as a rookie in 2019, he hit the record in 2020, hitting 0.201 with an OPS of 0.552.
Lopez was unable to get into a rhythm offensively this spring. He averaged 0.118 with just one extra hit – a double – and five walks over 39 record appearances in the Cactus League.
Don’t team up with Lopez Whit Merrifield The season is expected to begin as the Royals’ first second baseman. Hanser Alberto, a non-squad invitee who has dominated left-handed pitching in recent years, could also see the time on the position. Interested party Kyle Isbel, who only stays in Major League camp for four days until the opening day, could take over the correct starting place if Merrifield moves from the outfield back to second base.