Friday, June 22, 2012

Round 12: Carlos Lopez, 3B, Wake Forest

(Wake Forest's official site)
Wake Forest Bio

Sean's one sentence analysis: Bat speed/power combination makes him an intriguing guy, but needs to prove it again in the pros.

Pre-draft rankings:
#36 prospect in the state of North Carolina by Baseball America
#47 hitter in the ACC by Rob Ozga/Baseball Draft Report
#60 third baseman by Ozga

Other analysis and notes: Lopez hit .268/.379/.521 in his four seasons at Wake Forest, and vastly improved his plate discipline during his senior season (36 BB/36 K in 2012, 65 BB/152K in his first three seasons). He doesn't have any plus tools, but does everything pretty well across the board without any glaring holes in his game. Lopez is athletic enough to play any of the corner IF/OF spots and has a solid arm.

"Carlos is as good of a pure hitter as anybody I have ever coached and will step right into professional baseball and be successful from day one. He can play first base, third base and a corner outfield position. I can see him advancing very quickly because of his versatility." - Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter, 6/5/2012 (via Stephen Wright/Wake Forest's official site).

"Consistent above-average performances with the bat; very quick wrists helps him generate above-average bat speed and raw power; difficult player to project because he’s seen almost universally as a really good college player without much of a pro future." - Rob Ozga, Baseball Draft Report, 5/13/12

"The ninth-year senior (could be just me, but it feels like he’s been around forever) is a consistent hitter who has above-average raw power. I don’t think his bat is quite good enough to overcome his other less than thrilling tools, but he’s a darn productive college player any way you look at him." - Rob Ozga, 2/8/12

Lopez' signing bonus is unknown to Baseball America at the moment.

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