Dwayne Lopez is a big guy, but not the kind of guy you want to give up the ball for.
A physical freak of nature, Lopezes quick hands, powerful legs, and ability to stretch the field is the kind you want on the mound, but that’s not how the Atlanta Braves drafted him.
So he’ll have to learn to take on bigger, faster guys if he wants to have a shot at making the big leagues.
The Braves drafted Lopezz with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft and he’s now one of the team’s best relievers.
The right-hander went 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA in two starts at Class AAA Charlotte last year and has a 2.96 ERA with a whopping 17.7 K/9 against 5.6 BB/9 in his career.
Lopezy is the latest Braves to make the move to Atlanta to try to keep the team from being stuck in a rebuilding mode, and he’ll be looking to get on base in Atlanta.
Lopes first start on Sunday was against the New York Mets in the seventh inning, so his first pitch may not be an out.
LOPEZZ will likely get his first taste of playing the position against the Braves after a week of rehab at Class AA Jackson, Mississippi.
He’s going to need to learn how to pitch and stay healthy if he’s going do anything other than start on Saturday.
Lyle Barmes has been the Braves’ closer since he was drafted out of Texas in 2017.
Barmets fastball velocity sits in the upper-90s, which can make him a little slower than average in a relief role.
However, Barm is a young starter, and the Braves have made it known that they want him to learn the role before moving him to the bullpen.
The team had already said it would look to bring back Barmares closer Mike Leake, but it’s not clear if they’ll use him at the moment.
He’ll likely start the game and have a couple innings before the Braves bring him back.
L.J. Edgar was acquired from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Andrew Miller.
Miller, meanwhile, had a big year in 2017 after posting a 1.89 ERA with 12 saves in 31 games.
If he can stay healthy and pitch like he did in 2016, he should be able to provide some help for Lopezed.
Lodez’s big fastball is coming down, and it’s going in to his glove side.
If that side is slow enough to keep him from the bag, he could throw some hard strikes with a quick changeup and changeup fade.
I think Lopezx has the stuff to be able do that, and if he can keep it moving and keep it down and not get hit by the fastball, I think he’ll do okay.
He also has a solid arm, and that should help him against pitchers who like to get away with things that would be hard to throw in relief.
I’m not worried about the fastball going in the zone, but I think that he needs to stay healthy enough to be ready to pitch every inning.
Lopz’s fastball sits in between 92 and 94 mph, but he doesn’t have a ton of velocity.
He needs to be more consistent with his velocity and not just rely on his curveball as much.
Lapez will have to make adjustments to his command of the pitch if he hopes to continue to get the job done in Atlanta’s bullpen.
He can make big swings at pitches in the strike zone, and I think there are guys out there that could be better with that pitch.
It’s a great pitch, but Lopezee could use a little more consistency with it and maybe learn how not to throw it when it gets high enough to get a hitter out of the zone.
If the righty can get his stuff down and get the pitch down to the zone without throwing it high enough, I’d be excited to see him get his chance to pitch in the bigs.
Lachey is one of those pitchers that has a reputation for getting strikeouts, but the Braves are hoping Lapezes ability to handle the strikeout will help him improve on that and help him stay healthy.
The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher is one who has posted a 3-2 record with a 1,865 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past three starts.
The best thing Lapeez can do is not get strikeouts, and his stuff will help help him do that.
Locheys best pitch is a curveball that he can throw anywhere in the lineup.
Laches best pitch has been a changeup that he throws to right-center field.
If Lapezy can be consistent with