Turning 25 on March 13, Lopez made his MLB debut on May 14 of last year. He showed to be pretty sure-handed in the field (both second base and shortstop) but not much of a threat at the plate. A .601 OPS and two homers in 379 at bats are marks that Kansas City hopes he can improve on.
Expect to see some platoons this year with the Royals. Hunter Dozier will play every day, but may platoon a bit with Ryan O’Hearn at 1B. Whit Merrifield will play a lot of CF, but could platoon a bit at 2B with Nicky Lopez. Lineup will fluctuate day to day depending on matchups.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) December 19, 2019