Toronto Blue Jays Top Ten Prospects: #6 Otto Lopez

It’s time.

Otto Lopez, winner of two minor league batting titles and jack-of-all-trades, has made a believer out of many evaluators. He’s earned a spot in the Top Ten.

Not only did Lopez lead the AA Northeast with a .331 average, he also led in OBP (.398). He showed some sign of tapping into some power with a career-high 32 doubles between New Hampshire and Buffalo.

Lopez did all of this while playing five different positions (in terms of games played, at 2B, CF, LF, SS, and RF). He truly fits the organizational preference for players with positional versatility.

What we have in Lopez is a guy with some baseball smarts, speed on the bases (22 SBs this year, although there are some questions about his base-stealing skills), an ability to play a number of positions, and a plus hit tool. There may be questions about his power, but he puts balls in play and gets on base, and you get the feeling that he might find the Rogers Centre power alleys with some frequency.

Some scouting reports:

Baseball America (Lopez was their 6th-ranked prospect as well):

MLB Pipeline:

Prospects Live:

Lopez was placed on the 40-man last November, and had a brief call-up to the bigs this season. So much is up in the air at this point because of the labour stoppage, but it would appear that when/if spring training occurs, Lopez will be in a battle with Santiago Espinal for a utility spot on the big league roster. Espinal would have the edge now with his experience and better skill set at SS, but Lopez will be knocking at the door.

A typical Lopez AB. He did show some added patience this year (third in the system in number of pitches/AB), and his ability to use the whole field (40/24/36 pull/cen/oppo) means that teams have to play him straightaway, opening up the gaps for Lopez to take advantage of his speed.

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