#39 Jack Lopez
Acquired: 16th Round of 2011 Amateur Draft
From: Deltona, FL
It costs the Royals $750K to buyout Lopez from his baseball and academic commitment to the U. But according to many the Royals are thrilled that they were able to do so. Lopez is small but has surprisingly good pop in his bat and according to the Daytona Beach Journal his defense is as smooth as a baby's bottom.
Lopez's father is a bullpen coach for the Cincinnati Reds. Typically players with Major League ties find professional baseball life a bit easier, so this fact definitely is a pro when evaluating Lopez's prospect standing.
At this point I don't have a lot of information to go on. From a statistical perspective I can tell you that Lopez hit .462, with 10 home runs and 34 Rbis last Spring. I'm really looking forward to getting to watch Lopez shake the dust off and begin his journey that will hopeful finish in Kansas City.
I expect Lopez to spend 2012, in extended Spring Training and then eventually in Burlington, North Carolina.