Nicky Lopez

Position: SS
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Omaha Storm Chasers
League: Pacific Coast League
Born: 03/13/1995 (Age: 29)
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 175
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR)

Prospect Spotlight

The gritty Lopez has flat out performed since coming to the Royals in 2016’s fifth round, forcing his way to Triple-A by year’s end and now knocking on the door of the big leagues. Always known for his above-average glovework at SS, Lopez found a new level at the plate last year and now looks like he might hit enough to be a regular. He won’t ever produce much power, but good bat-to-ball skills and a propensity for putting the ball in play could make Lopez a future 50-grade hitter. He’s a safe bet to profile as a solid role player given the defense and speed, but we see the upside for a bit more than that given the offensive developments he showed last season. Kansas City has yet to add Lopez to their 40-Man Roster, though he will go to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and could surface in the big leagues at some point next season.