Meanwhile, the Rays newest pitching prospect, Eduar Lopez is a 20 year old right hander. He is capable of starting or being in the back end of the bullpen. Lopez has a low 90’s cut fastball that can top out at 93-94 mph. Sometimes a magical 97 comes. He has a wicked curve like pitch with a changeup developing. He is a ground ball pitcher, but can rack up the strikeouts. Lopez is 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. Not a big dude, but a bulldog like pitcher. He sounds like Sonny Gray with his size and pitches like Cueto. He is currently a starter and will remain a starter. With his harsh like arm motion it would be better for him to end up in the bullpen, but he will fix it in the minors. If a starter you most likely won’t see him till 2020 and as a reliever in 2018. If Lopez becomes a starter it would be at the back end of the rotation. Lopez has a 2-2 record in the rookie league with a 4.32 ERA and 33 Ks in 33.1 innings pitched.
The Rays had to give up David DeJesus for this young stud. Angels added a veteran outfielder and did the same by getting David Murphy and Shane Victorino. It would seem like Joyce is done in LA, but the Angels have a solid outfield group with Trout, Murphy, DeJesus, Victorino, and Calhoun. DeJesus is a veteran who will do anything for the team and is a true professional. He doesn’t complain about playing time and also has a decent glove, but with a bat that can spark up and go on a rampage. DeJesus was good with Tampa for the short time he was here.
Overall, the Rays did good and got a future piece. Hopefully he pans out and becomes a good starter or set up man.