MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 38 Tim Lopes, 2b

38== Not all teens in Clinton are Nick Franklin ==

MB 100 No. 38Tim Lopes

2b | 2014 Age: 20 | Bats: RH | 5-11, 180

6th round of the 2012 draft out of high school (Huntington Beach, CA)

2013 Ranking: No. 20

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 18 2 Teams Rk-A+ 57 256 227 44 71 11 13 0 33 7 3 24 30 .313 .375 .476 .851
2013 19 Clinton A 92 365 334 40 91 15 3 1 36 10 7 20 46 .272 .315 .344 .659
2 Seasons 149 621 561 84 162 26 16 1 69 17 10 44 76 .289 .340 .398 .737
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2014.
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Spectometer Analysis

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2012 18 “-1” 0.00% 9.38% 18.75% 0.163 11.72% 101 102 103
2013 19 “-1” 0.27% 5.48% 10.68% 0.072 12.60% 63 63 27

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Special Sauce:

  • Lopes had 13 triples in 2012, including one in a four-game cameo appearance at High-A High Desert.  But despite an extra 100 plate appearances, that total dropped to 3 in 2013.
  • Lopes’ older brother Christian was taken in the 7th round by the Blue Jays in 2011, but Timmy one-upped him by going in the 6th round to Seattle in 2012.
  • Both Lopes brothers ended up in the Midwest League in 2013, despite Christian having a year head start.

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The YouTube uploader didn’t check his spelleing, but whatever …

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Commentary:

Lopes looked strong with the bat right out of the box as an 18-year-old, so the Mariners pushed him up to Low-A Clinton for his age-19 season.  It worked for Nick Franklin, but it’s not an easy league for teen hitters.

Lopes didn’t thrive, but he maintained his record of being very difficult to strike out.  Interestingly, brother Christian put up a very similar line (both playing 2b, both in the Midwest League):

Tim: .272/.315/.344/.659

Christian: .245/.308/.336/.644

Christian was considered a top-20 prospect in Toronto going into 2013, but both brothers faded a bit last year.  And, of course, second base won’t be an area of need in Seattle in the near term either (knock wood).  It’s doubtful that Lopes will hit enough to play anywhere other than 2b, so he’ll have to take his chances there.

We can’t read too much into his 2013 season, given that he was above age level, but with a lot of middle infielders in the system and Lopes pretty much limited to 2b, he’ll need to pick it up to avoid getting lost in the shuffle.

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Extra Innings:

I like this nine-minute version of a baseball game.  This 2011 contest had both Lopes boys in the middle infield (white uniforms).  Christian (No. 14) was at short and Tim (No. 3) at second.

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