White Sox fifth ranked prospect has worst outing of season for Triple-A Charlotte. Winston-Salem pitcher has scorless outing in first start for team.
Chicago White Sox fifth ranked prospect Reynaldo Lopez had his worst outing of the season on Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte. Lopez pitching in his 14th game of 2017 lasted just three innings on the road against the Durham Bulls. He allowed six earned runs on four hits and walked four batters.
The Knights would lose big to the Bulls 17-3 to drop their record to 32-41 on the season. This start for Lopez was his ugliest of this season and his record went to 5-4 after Saturday’s defeat. His outing against the Bulls was the second time he pitched just three innings this season. Lopez began his 2017 campaign with a three inning start on April 6.
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While Lopez had a poor outing on Saturday, he has had a solid season for the Knights thus far. His 4.48 ERA might not indicate this, but outside of allowing six earned runs to Durham, Lopez hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in three consecutive starts prior to Saturday. Although the White Sox don’t have much depth in their starting rotation, they’re allowing Lopez and other top pitching prospects to continue developing in the minors.
Lopez will certainly need to rebound from his poor outing in his next start for the Knights. However, he has shown this season he can be a quality pitcher on the mound. Lopez could be in the Sox rotation before this season ends, but he still has work to do in Charlotte before he can be promoted.
Jimmy Lambert was one of seven players to get promoted from Single-A Kannapolis to Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem on Thursday. In his first start for the Dash, he didn’t allow a hit in five innings pitched on Saturday against the Buies Creek Astros. Lambert recorded three strikeouts but allowed five walks against the Astros. The Dash would defeat Buies 4-2 thanks to a grand slam from recently promoted catcher Seby Zavala.
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