Well, White Sox fans, the day is finally here! Reynaldo Lopez will be on the bump Friday night, making his debut for the Chicago White Sox at 35th and Shields. He will be given the task of facing a slumping Kansas City Royals team. Lopez was acquired from the Washington Nationals on December 7th, along with pitchers Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning, in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton. He is now ranked as the White Sox No. 6 prospect and is the first of many White Sox pitching prospects to arrive in Chicago. Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, and Dylan Cease are a few of the other names that are not far behind joining him on the South Side.
Friday night will not mark Lopez’s major league debut, however, as he pitched for the Nationals in 2016. During his stint in the majors, he had a 5-3 record with a 3.21 ERA in 44 innings. The 23-year old spent this season at Triple-A Charlotte where he went 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA, 131 strikeouts, 49 walks, and 1.24 WHIP in 121 innings of work.
The plan is for the White Sox to start contending around 2019 and Lopez can bring some playoff experience, as he has pitched in the 2016 NLDS vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. The atmosphere should be fantastic as fan favorite Melky Cabrera is back for the first time since he was traded to the Royals in late July. Fireworks night, Rock n Roll night, Melky’s return and Lopez’s first start will make for a fun night at the ballpark!