Otto López

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Otto Ariel López

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Otto López has won a batting title in the minors. He has the unusual distinction of representing two different countries in international competition in the same year.

López was born in the Dominican Republic and spent the early part of his childhood there. When his father got a job in Montréal, he moved there and played hockey, basketball and badminton in addition to the baseball he had learned in his homeland. [1] He returned to the Dominican Republic at the advice of his uncle in order to develop his baseball game further and with a better chance of being signed there. [2]

He was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2017, he hit .275/.361/.360 for the GCL Blue Jays, playing 2B, SS, 3B, CF and LF. In 2018, he produced at a .297/.390/.434 clip for the Vancouver Canadians and .364/.382/.636 in 7 games for the Bluefield Blue Jays, again jumping all over the field (adding RF to his other five positions). He was 9th in the Northwest League in batting average, between Luke Morgan and Andy Yerzy (who would be his teammate for Team Canada a year later), was 4th in OBP (between Owen Miller and Cade Harris) and tied for 6th in triples (4). He was named one of the NWL's All-Star outfielders alongside Morgan and Diego Rincones. [3]

López played for Team Canada in the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, going 5 for 10 with a double, run and RBI. He did not qualify for the tourney batting leaders or he would have tied Christian Correa for 2nd in average, behind MVP Garabez Rosa. Canada won a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games. [4] He hit .324/.371/.425 for the 2019 Lansing Lugnuts with 20 steals in 35 tries and 5 triples. He played shortstop primarily, fielding .925 there. He won the Midwest League batting title by .012 over Alek Thomas. He was also 9th in OBP (between Jose Fermin and Joseph Pena), 6th in slugging (between David Fry and Luke Heyer), 3rd in OPS (behind Thomas and Gabe Snyder), 1st in hits (145, 11 ahead of Andy Weber) and tied Michael Siani for 2nd in caught-stealing. He did not make the MWL All-Star team as Wander Franco got the nod. Baseball America named him the #18 prospect in the MWL, between Brice Turang and Riley Thompson. [5]

Otto then played for the Dominican national team in the 2019 Premier 12. While numerous people had played for multiple national teams, it was extremely rare to represent two nations in the same year - perhaps the only other one to do it was Philippe Lecourieux, who played for New Caledonia and France in 2007. In the Premier 12, he hit .250/.308/.250 with 3 runs in 3 games while handling three chances error-free at second base. [6] He was one of at least four 2019 minor league batting champs to play in the event, alongside the USA's Jake Cronenworth, C.J. Chatham and Drew Waters. With the Leones del Escogido that winter, he batted .289/.360/.311.

Sources[edit]

  1. Lansing Lugnuts article
  2. ibid.
  3. 2019 Baseball Almanac, pg. 391
  4. 2019 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament Stats Report
  5. 2020 Baseball Almanac, pg. 400
  6. 2019 Premier 12