White Sox fourth ranked prospect had a spectacular outing against San Francisco Giants on Monday. The young right hander pitched six scoreless innings for the South Siders.
A day after Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon had a solid outing on the mound, another pitcher followed and had an impressive outing of his own on Monday. Reynaldo Lopez, the Sox fourth ranked prospect according to mlbpipeline.com pitched five scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants.
The Sox faced the Giants on Monday at Camelback Ranch, and although they faced San Francisco’s best pitcher in Johnny Cueto, Lopez was able to match the veteran hurler on the mound. Lopez pitched six innings, giving up no runs and recording four strikeouts against the Giants. The Giants would eventually beat the Sox 3-2 on Monday.
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With the Sox entering the final two weeks of Spring Training, it was nice to see Lopez have a solid outing while pitching six scoreless innings. Lopez will most likely start the season at Triple A Charlotte, but his confidence has to be soaring after his outing on Monday.
While the Giants didn’t have their best team on the field on Monday against the Sox, Lopez was still able to keep San Francisco from scoring. Lopez throw 76 pitches and only gave up two singles to the Giants. He was able to lower his ERA this spring to 3.72 with his solid outing on the mound.
The Sox will enter the upcoming season with a serviceable starting rotation, and the team’s younger hurlers including Lopez will be in the minors. Lopez along with Michael Kopech have had impressive outings over the past week for the Sox. Although both pitchers could find themselves in Chicago later this season or in 2018, they still have some work to do in the minors.
With Lopez having a solid outing on Monday, the Sox minor league depth in pitching is looking strong heading into this season. The Sox aren’t expected to contend, so there’s no rush in bringing Lopez up to the majors again. Lopez should get some valuable reps in the minors, and he could be pitching at Guaranteed Rate Field later this summer.