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Note: This page is for Pedro Lopez, major league player in 2005-2007. For other players with the same name, click here

Pedro Michel Lopez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 160 lb.

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Pedro Lopez is a promising young defensive whiz who made his brief debut in the major leagues in 2005.

Lopez was born in 1984 in the Dominican Republic. In 2000, the Chicago White Sox and scout Denny Gonzalez signed him as a free agent. He was sent to the rookie league in 2001, where he hit .312/.359/.412 for the AZL White Sox. The next year, at Bristol in the Appalachian League, he hit .319/.370/.362 with 22 steals in 30 tries. He showed little power, something that has been a trademark of his time in professional baseball.

In 2003, at Kannapolis, he hit .264/.314/.323, and led Kannapolis in doubles (23), stolen bases (24), caught stealing (14) and sacrifice hits (16). None of his 103 hits went for more than two bases. He was briefly promoted to Winston-Salem, where he hit .231/.286/.231 in four games.

The next year, he spent most of the season there, hitting .292/.331/.350 and adding 4 home runs, which was a personal high to that point. He had started slowly with Winston-Salem, but his average improved remarkably as the season progressed and he finished ninth in the Carolina League in that category. He earned a promotion to Birmingham, where he hit .217/.304/.379 in 7 games. Baseball America ranked him the best defensive infielder in the White Sox organization.

In 2005, he started with the Charlotte Knights in AAA. In May of 2005, though, he was brought up for 2 games with the White Sox, who were to win the World Series. He played in 2 games for Chicago, getting two hits in seven at-bats. Sent back to Charlotte, he struggled, had a .202/.236/.282 line, and was sent back to Birmingham, where he hit .238/.287/.314 in 68 games. One bright spot was that he had 6 home runs between the two minor league teams in 2005, a personal best for him.

Lopez split 2006 between Birmingham and Charlotte, and he hit .300 while clubbing 10 homers between the two stops. His line at Birmingham was .322/.358/.453 in 65 games and he batted .274/.320/.404 in 59 gameswith Charlotte.

The White Sox have been inviting him to spring training since 2003.

Lopez is still just 22 years old, and he appears to be progressing steadily in his abilities. He will probably get one or two more cups of coffee, and then may stick as a regular or backup infielder.

Sources: 2002-2006 Baseball Almanacs

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