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Wilton Lopez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Buffalo.
The 31-year-old struggled in six Grapefruit League contests, compiling a 10.13 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 5/3 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings. He'll provide bullpen depth in the minor leagues, and should get a chance with the Jays at some point during the 2015 campaign. Mar 21 - 8:44 AM

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Blue Jays signed RHP Wilton Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old hurler appeared in just four games for the Rockies in 2014, surrendering eight runs in 6 1/3 innings (11.37 ERA). He has prior closing experience though and could wind up being a nice low-risk investment for the Jays.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 08:45:00 PM

Wilton Lopez has elected free agency.

The 31-year-old right-hander appeared in just four games with the Rockies in 2014, registering a troublesome 11.37 ERA and 2.84 WHIP. He has come closing experience and has shown the ability to miss bats in the past, so teams desperate for bullpen help are likely to come calling.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 01:21:00 PM

The Rockies have returned Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez was never officially activated by the Rockies Saturday. The Rockies have decided to add Rob Scahill to their bullpen instead.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Wilton Lopez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez was optioned to Triple-A back in April and designated for assignment earlier this month, but now he's back in the majors to provide some bullpen depth. Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move while Michael Cuddyer has been moved to the 60-day DL.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Rockies sent RHP Wilton Lopez outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez had already been pitching for the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, but was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create room on the 40-man roster. The veteran right-hander will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 09:13:00 AM

Rockies designated RHP Wilton Lopez for assignment.

It wasn't too long ago that Lopez was a quality reliever in MLB, but he was demoted by the Rockies two months ago and had a 4.66 ERA over 29 innings in Triple-A. The Rockies still owe him a little over $1 million for the rest of the season.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

It's been quite a fall for Lopez, who was a great reliever and occasional closer just a couple years ago with the Astros. He was inconsistent last year with the Rox and was blasted for eight runs and 18 hits over his first 6 1/3 relief innings this season. Lopez will try to regroup at the minor league level.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 01:33:00 PM

Wilton Lopez missed his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to stiffness in his neck.

It's not considered a serious issue at this point, but will be something to monitor moving forward. The veteran right-hander is expected to work in the sixth or seventh inning this season, getting the ball to Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Rockies and RHP Wilton Lopez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Lopez posted an underwhelming 4.06 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings last season, but the Rockies are optimistic that he'll have better results in 2014. The 30-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 05:38:00 PM

The Rockies are expected to tender a contract to Wilton Lopez before Monday night's deadline.

Lopez had a disappointing 4.06 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 75 1/3 innings this past summer for Colorado, but the 30-year-old right-hander still has very good career numbers and the Rockies think he can bounce back in 2014. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 08:47:00 AM

Wilton Lopez was ejected from Thursday's game against the Nationals for objecting to consecutive balk calls in the seventh inning.

Lopez was furious after he was called for back-to-back balks by second base umpire Bob Davidson, which allowed the tying run to score. He was yelling at first base umpire and crew chief John Hirschbeck before he got tossed.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Wilton Lopez tossed 1 1/3 perfect relief innings in Saturday's 10-2 drubbing of the Giants.

Lopez held a 12.46 ERA on April 12 and has been working since to minimize the toll his early-season woes wrought on his earned run average. He finished his first month in Colorado with a 6.17 ERA, but has been the reliever the Rockies believed they were acquiring over the winter since, posting a 2.08 ERA over 8 2/3 innings. Interestingly, Lopez had a superb 8/0 K/BB rate during his awful April and has notched a sub-mediocre 3/3 K/BB rate in May.
Sun, May 19, 2013 03:05:00 AM

Wilton Lopez holds a 10.80 ERA and has allowed 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings so far this season.

Much of the damage came on Opening Day, when Lopez allowed three runs on four hits over an inning of work. Still, he's given up a run an six hits since then while striking out just one batter. The reliever's velocity has been down a tick so far, but so far there's been no talk that last year's elbow issue is a problem again. Lopez could get passed by Rex Brothers as the Rockies' backup plan at closer if his struggles continue.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:47:00 PM

Rockies avoided arbitration with RHP Wilton Lopez by signing him to a one-year, $1.7625 million contract.

Lopez was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The right-hander has posted a 2.64 ERA over the last three seasons and will help set up for the Rockies in 2013 after coming over from Houston in a trade last month.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 06:21:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Maicer Izturis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Ben Revere
2Chris Colabello
3Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Marco Estrada
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Aaron Sanchez
3Brett Cecil
4LaTroy Hawkins
5Liam Hendriks
6Bo Schultz
7Mark Lowe