Mar 30, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Yoan Lopez (32) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced some good news regarding one of their top prospects. Per Nick Piecoro at azcentral, the elbow tightness experienced by right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez is not considered serious. He was originally placed on the Minor League disabled list on August 20th, ten days after the worst outing of his young, professional career.
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Lopez, the organization’s #5 prospect according to mlb.com is 1-4 with a 4.69 ERA in ten appearances (nine starts) for the Double A Mobile Bay Bears. The biggest news the 22-year old Cuban has made has nothing to do with any of his outings in Mobile. At the end of July, Lopez was pitching in an extended Spring Training game when one of his offerings struck #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson in the face, delaying the latter’s professional debut.
As of now, there is no projected date is to when we will see Lopez take a mound again this season. Mobile’s regular season ends on September 7th with the playoffs to start later that week. Perphaps Lopez will next get the ball in a meaningful game in the Arizona Fall League.