Who Should The Pittsburgh Pirates Target In A Potential Trade With The Nationals?
Right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez
22-year old Reynaldo Lopez made his Major League debut for the Nationals in 2016. He pitched in 11 games, six starts, and hurled 44 innings. In these 44 innings pitched he averaged 8.59 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, and he allowed just four home runs.
The young left-hander entered the season as one of the Nationals’ top prospect. Additionally, he is a player the Pirates are interested in. At this past summer’s trade deadline Lopez was one of the names discussed when the Pirates traded Mark Melancon to the Nationals.
Reynaldo Lopez has an electric fastball. It routinely sits at 96+ miles per hour. He also throws a plus curve ball. Lopez still needs to work on refining his control, however, Ray Searage is the master at getting pitchers to do that.
Lopez has electric stuff, and would be controlled by the Pirates for the next seven seasons. Like Joe Ross, he is someone who would help both now and in the future. He is another player I would be targeting if I was looking to trade Andrew McCutchen.