D-backs’ Yoan Lopez named to All-Star Futures Game roster

Jul 6, 2018, 10:34 AM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Yoan Lopez (32) throws during spring training baseball workouts Sunday, Feb. ...
Arizona Diamondbacks' Yoan Lopez (32) throws during spring training baseball workouts Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect and right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez was named to the World Team for the 2018 All-Star Futures Game that will be played over the MLB All-Star break next weekend on July 15.

Lopez, 25, is a native of Nueva Gerona, Cuba and was an international signing in the 2014-15 offseason. He is the No. 25 prospect in the D-backs’ system, according to MLB Pipeline, and is expected to be the lone representative for the D-backs in this year’s Futures Game.

Other D-backs to have once appeared in the Futures Game include Archie Bradley, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero, among others.

Lopez has appeared in 27 games — all in relief — for Double-A Jackson this season, posting a 3.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 55 strikeouts to go with 18 walks. He has six saves in 11 opportunities and has held opponents to a .187 batting average.

Last season, Arizona was represented in the 2017 Futures Game by top prospect Jon Duplantier on the U.S. team.

This year’s All-Star Futures Game, as well as the other events in the All-Star break, will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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