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Pirates Prospects Daily: The Dariel Lopez Injury is an Unfortunate Set Back

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After making the jump to Bradenton in 2021 as a teenager, Dariel Lopez moved up to Greensboro this past year, taking advantage of one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in the minors.

A late season injury prevented him from reaching the 20-home run plateau, but he still managed to slash .286/.329/.476, with 19 home runs, 58 RBI and a 116 wRC+. 

It was officially announced on Thursday by the team that Lopez would miss the entire 2023 season after dislocating his knee in an off-season workout session.

Lopez has some of the most intriguing power in the system, and was in position to have a breakout type season depending on how he responded to Double-A Altoona. 

The strikeout numbers climbed slightly last year, and his swing and miss numbers were borderline worrisome, but time was always on Lopez’s side due to his young age for the level he had been playing at.

While missing out on a whole year of development is a big blow, Lopez will still be 22-years-old next year, which is a perfect age for Double-A.

The Lefty Situation

Jarlin Garcia was brought in to help stabilize a bullpen that struggled last year. After leaving a spring game with an injury, it looks like it will be some time before we see him on the mound.

An injury to a nerve makes sense when it was earlier stated that he had a problem gripping a baseball.

If Garcia is going to miss a significant amount of time, the Pirates have no other left-handed relief pitchers on the 40-man besides Rule 5 pick Jose Hernandez.

They had several lefties in camp as non-roster invites, with Caleb Smith already being reassigned back to the minor league side of things. Rob Zastryzny was pitching for Canada in the WBC, but with their run over, he should rejoin the team.

The Pirates could always go with someone outside of the organization, leverage some of the depth they have in the middle infield, and outfield to bring in a pitcher, or they could claim someone off waivers.

Angel Perdomo has had an up and down spring, and in true reliever fashion it’s been a small sample of outings that has really inflated his home runs. He’s struck out six batters in 5.2 innings, spanning six appearances out of the bullpen.

In his last outing against the Blue Jays, he struck out the side. While having both your lefties being inexperienced like Perdomo and Hernandez is risky, they both have a lot more upside than any of the other options.

Pirates Prospects Daily

By John Dreker

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The Pirates are at home against the Tampa Bay Rays today. 1:05 PM. TV game. Happy St Patrick’s Day

Anthony Murphy
Anthony Murphy
Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

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