Yoan López

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Yoan Lopez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yoan López was 15-13 with a 3.76 ERA in three seasons for Isla de la Juventud before defecting from Cuba. Despite mediocre numbers in Cuba, he was signed for $8.27 million by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, a record for an international signee. He made it to the majors three years later and was lit up for 3 runs (2 homers) in 1/3 of an inning over his first two outings in September of 2018.

He was up with the New York Mets, early in the 2022 season, pitching twice in relief. In his final outing, on May 1st against the Philadelphia Phillies, he threw a pitch at Kyle Schwarber in what was part of a war of words and brushback pitches between the two teams. He was sent to AAA the next day when rosters had to be trimmed from 28 to 26 players, but immediately afterwards, he was handed a three-game suspension for his action in his last game. That created a quandary for the Mets, since it meant that he would need to serve his suspension whenever he was recalled to the big league team. However, his role on the team was to be available for a call-up to help out whenever the bullpen got too tired, and the need to first serve the suspension nullified this, making it more likely he would spend most of the season in AAA. As Mets manager Buck Showalter, who was also suspended for the incident, put it: "How can you call someone up who can’t pitch?"

Further Reading[edit]

  • Nick Piecoro: "Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Yoan Lopez's tattoos personify family, journey to MLB", "AZ Central", Arizona Republic, April 30, 2019. [1]

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