Note: This page is for the major league catcher Rafael Lopez. For other players with the same name, see here.
Rafael Manuel Lopez
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 190 lb.
- School Boston College, Indian River State College, Florida State University
- High School Summit Christian School
- Debut September 2, 2014
Rafael Lopez made his major league debut in 2014.
Lopez redshirted as a college freshman at Boston College. Transferring, he hit .375 and stole 18 bases for Indian River Junior College and was named All-Conference. He then moved to Florida State University and became a catcher. He hit .287/.360/.393 and threw out 42.% of opposing base-stealers. He posted similar numbers (.278/.389/.397) in the 2009-2010 season. As a senior, he posted a .325/.436/.514 with 43 runs in 60 games. He was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. On the advice of scout Tom Clark, the Chicago Cubs took him in the 16th round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Rafael split the summer of 2011 between the AZL Cubs (4 for 11, 2B, BB) and Boise Hawks (.316/.381/.449, 37 RBI in 54 G). He was 5th in the Northwest League in average, 9th in OBP, 9th in slugging and 10th in RBI. He was named the NWL All-Star catcher. He spent 2012 with the AZL Cubs (7 for 15, 2 2B, 3B, BB), Peoria Chiefs (.265/.350/.342 in 31 G) and Daytona Cubs (.269/.338/.403 in 35 G). He began 2013 as the main catcher for the Tennessee Smokies.