Graduated in 1998 from Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School where he set school records by hitting .521 with 7 home runs and 28 RBI his senior season...was Florida's Player of the Year and a USA Today All-USA selection...rated by BA as the nation's top prep defensive shortstop...was selected eighth overall in the 1998 June Draft by Toronto...his uncle, Roberto Lopez, played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization...he and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Chaydin and Jaysha.
Eleven-year major league veteran appeared in 32 games over two stints with the Rays, making 25 starts (18-3B, 5-1B, 2-DH)...was traded in a minor league deal to Milwaukee on July 28 for cash considerations...Was assigned to Triple-A Durham out of spring training but was selected by the Rays on April 3, before the Bulls first game, after Evan Longoria suffered a left oblique strain...was designated for assignment when Longoria returned on May 3, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Durham...on May 22 was
selected from Durham and on June 12 once again was designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was outrighted...Hit .316 (12-for-38) with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 doubles over his first 13 games (through April 18)...started at third base for 16 of the 26 games with Longoria on the DL...started 12 straight games, April 9-22, including 10 in the cleanup spot as the Rays went 7-3 in those contests...had started only 5 games at cleanup in his previous 10 major league seasons combined...After April 18, hit .153 (9-for-59) with 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB and 19 SO in 19 games played for the Rays, spanning both stints...Switch-hitter hit both his home runs off lefthanded pitchers...came into the year with 88 career home runs and only 27 off lefties...With Durham, batted .305 (58-for-190) with 7 HR, 37 RBI and 11 doubles in 48 games, spending time at second base, third base, designated hitter and first base...had 16 multihit games...Was named IL Player of the Week for May 16-22 after batting .591 (13-for-22) with 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 2B and 7 runs scored...Attended spring training as a non-roster invite...hit .333 (13-for-39) in 23 games for the Rays during the spring and was reassigned to
minor league camp on March 26...Named a NL All-Star and NL Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop in 2005 with Cincinnati.
Started the season with St. Louis before being picked up by Boston on a waiver claim,
Sep 25...batted a combined .233 (91-for-391) with 8 HR, 37 RBI and 8 SB...appeared in 113 games
divided between third base, second base and shortstop.
Batted a combined .310 with 9 HR and 57 RBI in 151
games between Arizona and Milwaukee...His 187 hits (5th in NL), .310 batting average (9th in NL)
and 38 doubles set new career highs...Belted a pair of leadoff homers, both coming with the
Diamondbacks: 4/6 vs. Colorado (off Aaron Cook) and
4/30 at Milwaukee (off Jeff Suppan)...now has 4 leadoff
homers in his career...Began the year with Arizona and batted .301 with 6 HR
and 25 RBI in 85 games...Made 79 starts with the D-backs (78g at 2B, 1g at DH)...Was traded to Milwaukee on 7/19 for OF Cole Gillespie
and RHP Roque Mercedes...Batted .320 with 3 HR and 32 RBI in 66 games with
Milwaukee...made 62 starts, all at second base...Made his Brewers debut on 7/20 at Pittsburgh and went
4-for-4 with a run, triple and a walk...became just the
second player in franchise history to have 4 hits and
reach base 5 times in his debut with the team, joining
Chuck Carr (4/2/96 at California)...Was named Brewers Player of the Month for August after
batting .325 (37-for-114) with 2 HR and 18 RBI...led the
team in batting, runs (20), hits (37) and doubles (11) for
the month...From 8/4-8/17 had a season-high 12-game hitting streak
in which he batted .420 (21-for-50) with 1 HR and 7 RBI...On 9/11 at Arizona recorded his 1,000th career hit with a
leadoff double off Doug Davis...Played in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico and
batted .222 (4-for-18) with 1 HR and 3 RBI in 5 games.
Despite batting only .234 with 2 homers and 25 RBI in his first 100 games of the season with Washington, regrouped after signing with St. Louis on Aug. 6 and batted .385 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 21 RBI in 43 games with the Cardinals during the final 2 months of the season...overall, his .283 batting average and 28 doubles for the
season were the second-best totals in those categories in his career...His .385 batting average from Aug. 1 through the end of the season was second in the
National League to Manny Ramirez's .396 average...Played 6 different positions with the Nationals and Cardinals but saw most action at
second base (101 games)...also played leftfield (16 games), shortstop (13 games), third
base (13 games), first base (1 game) and rightfield (1 game)...Among NL second basemen, his .283 batting average ranked fourth and his .343 on-base
percentage ranked fifth...Hit his fourth career grand slam on April 24 vs. New York Mets, going 2-for-4 with a
career-high-tying 6 RBI...Hit safely in 37 of his 43 games for St. Louis, including an 11-game hitting streak from
Aug. 17-Sept. 3, batting .421 (16-for-38) with 7 runs scored and 4 multi-hit outings...Had a season-high 4 hits in the Cardinals' season -finale on Sept. 28 vs. Cincinnati.
Hit .245 with 25 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 50 RBI and a team-leading 24 stolen bases in first complete season with the Nationals...set career highs in games (154) and at-bats (603)...began season as Washington's regular 2B, but due to a series of injuries to Cristian Guzman and the emergence of Ronnie Belliard, made majority of starts at SS
(104 at SS, 42 at 2B)...played stout defense at SS (.957 fielding percentage), especially compared to last season's
.947 mark...cut errors by 25 percent (21 in '07, 28 in '06)...led the Nationals in both stolen bases and times caught
stealing (9)...when batting leadoff, Washington went 46-57 (.447)...2693 pitches faced ranked 10th in the NL (18th in
MLB)...ranked 11th in the NL having seen a career-high 4.01 pitches per plate appearance...was one of 32 qualified
big leaguers to see at least 4.00 pitches per plate appearance.
Turned in another solid offensive season and swiped career-best 44 bases (5th in NL)...was integral part of mega 8-player trade with CIN, July 13...had entered 2006 with only 33 career stolen bases in first 5 big league seasons...batted .274 (169-for-617) with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 11 home runs and 52 RBI in career-high 156 games with Washington and
CIN...28 errors tied DET's Carlos Guillen for the most among big league SS...posted career-best .358 OBP thanks in
large part to career-high 81 walks, which led all MLB shortstops in '06 and represented the 5th-highest single-season
walk total posted by a SS since the beginning of '00...only Alex Rodriguez (100 BB in '00, 87 in '02 and 85 in '03) and
Omar Vizquel (87 in '00) posted more walks in a single season in the same 7-year span...also scored career-high 98
runs, matched career high with 169 hits and fanned a career-high 126 times...was one of just 11 players in MLB to
eclipse the 40-stolen base plateau...wore No. 7 in first 6 weeks with the club.
With Washington: Hit .281 (77-for-274) with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 22 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 71
games with Washington during the season's 2nd half...arrival in DC sparked offensive renaissance for the Nationals...hit .306 (30-for-98) in August (first complete month with the Nationals)...25 multi-hit efforts in the 2nd half led all Nationals
(Zimmerman 2nd with 21)...posted 3 game-winning RBI for Washington (July 23 vs. CHI, August 4 at SDP and September
22 at NYM)...started slowly with the Nationals, going 2-for-25 (.040) in first 6 games, but batted .301 (75-for-249) for
Washington thereafter...posted 5 straight 2-hit efforts on 2 occasions, July 21-26 and Sept. 24-28.
With CIN: Hit .268 (92-for-343) with 14 doubles, 9 home runs, 30 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 85 games with CIN
prior to the trade...swiped career-high 4 bags on May 10 vs. Washington...one night later, on May 11 vs. Washington,
set new career high with 16th stolen base...led CIN with 26 multi-hit games at time of the trade...from May 5-20, hit
.433 (26-for-60) with 2 homers and 6 RBI during a 14-game hitting streak, which matched career-best effort...was not
thrown out attempting to steal a base until May 7 at ARI...was successful on first 11 stolen-base attempts.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Hit only 2 homers of '06 off southpaws on April 7 vs. PIT...posted 2-outs-in-the-9th 2-run
single to extend game eventually won by the Nationals, 6-5, Aug. 31 vs. PHI...notched 3 RBI on Sept. 17 vs. MIL.
Lopez's breakout season saw him named an All-Star in his first season as an everyday player...Produced one of the best offensive seasons ever by a Reds shortstop....291 and became only the third shortstop in team history with at least 20hr (23) and 80rbi (85) in the same season...was named to The Sporting News' All-Star team and won Louisville Slugger's
Silver Slugger Award as the best offensive shortstop in the National
League...became a National League All-Star in his first season as an
everyday player...led all NL shortstops in home runs and RBI and tied Mil's
Bill Hall for the lead in extra-base hits (62)...ranked second among NL
shortstops in slugging percentage (.486; Hall .495) and total bases (282;
Phi's Jimmy Rollins 292), was third in hitting (.291), on-base percentage
(.352) and doubles (34) and ranked fifth in hits (169) and runs scored
(97)...led Reds batters in at bats (580), hits, triples (5), multi-hit games
(48), 3-hit games (13) and infield hits (20)...ranked among the overall NL
leaders in grand slams (2, T2nd), BA at night (.311, 8th) and BA vs RHP
(.312, T9th)...was National League Player of the Week for 8/15-8/21 (.400,
3hr, 7rbi, 25tb, .833slg, .455obp)...did not become the Reds' starting shortstop
until 5/11, when Rich Aurilia went on the disabled list...beginning 5/11
started at SS in 126 of the club's last 131g and hit .287 the rest of the
season, including .365 (4hr, 19rbi) in his last 26g to raise overall BA from
.277...in his last 6 apps of the season produced 3hr and 10rbi...led the club
with 133 starts at SS...made his other 5 starts at 2B, all in his first 12 starts of the season and all in a 6-start span from
5/4-5/10...led the team with 61 starts batting second in the order...also hit leadoff (62g), third (3g), sixth (2g), seventh
(8g) and eighth (2g)...in June led the club with 20rbi...from 6/10-8/9 appeared in season-high 55 consecutive games,
including 54 starts...in 16-games from 7/24-8/9 went 7-for-60 (.117), dropping BA from .304 to .276 and including
hitless skids of 13ab (7/23-7/27) and 27ab (8/3-8/9)...the 0-for-27 skid was a career high and the second-longest by
a Reds position player all season (Olmedo, 28ab)...hit .304 in 84g prior to that 16-game slump and .324 in 48g after
that skid...hit his first 2 career grand slams, on 4/27 at Chi (off Ryan Dempster) and on 6/11 vs Bal (off Daniel
Cabrera)...in that game vs the Orioles produced a career-high 6rbi...from 5/18-6/1 put together a career-high 14-game
hitting streak (.300, 4hr, 8rbi), the second-longest longest
by a Reds batter in 2005 (Griffey, 15g)...from 5/23-5/
29 received votes for the NL Player of the Week Award
(.310, 3hr, 7rbi)...in May hit .304 (12 2b, 6hr, 19rbi, 65tb)
and ranked among the Major League leaders in doubles
(T2nd) and total bases (5th)...on 6/17 vs Atl snapped an
0-for-13 skid with 4 hits...in the 6-1 loss vs StL on 6/20,
produced the Reds' only run with a leadoff homer in the
ninth inning off Chris Carpenter...on 7/2/g2 vs Hou recorded
his first career leadoff HR (off Ezequiel Astacio)...on
9/13 at Chi hit his 20th homer of the season (off Carlos
Zambrano)...in the opener of a doubleheader on 9/16 at
Pit had 5 hits, tied with Sean Casey for the most by a Reds batter all
season...in the National League's 7-5 loss at the All-Star Game in Det's
Comerica Park, entered the game as a defensive replacement in the
seventh inning and singled off Joe Nathan...following the season agreed to
participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, scheduled for March
2006, if selected to the Puerto Rican team.
Appeared in 79g during 2 stints with the Reds (18g from 6/1-6/25, 61g from 7/26-end of season)...in 75g at Class AAA Louisville hit .273 (9hr, 44rbi)...began the season at Louisville and was leading the Bats in hits (56), HR (7) and RBI (34) when he was promoted on 6/1 to take the roster spot of disabled IF Juan Castro...in
his 23g prior to that promotion hit .341 (3hr, 18rbi)...from 6/1-6/25 hit .152 in 18g for the Reds before he was optioned
back to Louisville on 6/26, when Aaron Harang came off the disabled list...on 7/26 was recalled again following an
injury to OF Jason Romano and finished the season with the Reds...in 61g during his second stint in Cin hit .261 (7hr,
26rbi)...had 2 hits in his last 31ab (.065), dropping overall BA from .266 and including a career-high 0-for-17 skid (9/
29-10/3)...made 65 starts (41g at SS, 24g at 3B)...made most of those starts batting second in the order (26g) but also
hit leadoff (12g), seventh (8g), eighth (17g) and ninth (2g)...hit .267 with RISP...produced 17 multi-hit games, including
4 career-high 3-hit games...on 8/1 vs Hou tied his career high with 3 hits...from 8/4-8/15 hit .371 during a career-high
10-game hitting streak...for Louisville, on 5/27 vs Durham produced a grand slam and a season-high 5rbi...for the Bats
had 24 2-hit games and four 3-hit games.
On 7/25 had season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle...on 7/24 at Rochester suffered the injury in a collision at home plate...began the season with the Reds and hit .213 in 59g before he was optioned to Class AAA Louisville on 6/16, when LHP Jimmy Anderson was promoted...spent the rest of the season with the Bats
and appeared in 35g before the season-ending injury...when sent to Louisville was 6-for-47 (.128) and 2-for-27 (.074)
for the Reds, including a career-high 0-for-23 skid (5/26-6/11)...for the Reds made 47 starts (42gs at SS, 3gs at 2B,
2gs at 3B)...his 3 starts at 2B were his first Major League apps at that position (5/9 vs Mil, 5/10 vs Mil, 5/17 at
Mil)...from 4/11-5/7, with Barry Larkin injured, started at SS in 24 of the club's 25g (.255, 2hr, 8rbi, 6sb)...in the batting
order led the club with 33 starts batting leadoff...also hit second (2gs), sixth (1gs), seventh (5gs) and eighth (6gs)...the
Puerto Rican native hit his first homer of the season on 4/20 vs Mtl in San Juan (solo off Luis Ayala)...hit his other
homer on 5/1 at Col (solo off Nelson Cruz)...had a career-high 8 stolen bases...hit .289 with RISP...had 10 multi-hit
games, including eight 2-hit games and a pair of 3-hit games that tied his career high (4/16 at Chi, 5/17 at Mil)...from
5/23-6/11 did not commit an error in 10g, his longest errorless streak of the season...had 9 infield hits and tied Ray
Olmedo for the team lead with 5 bunt singles.
Career highlights: Was the Blue Jays' first-round pick (8th overall) in the June 1998 first-year player draft...in
2001 participated in Major League Baseball's Futures Game in Seattle as part of the All-Star Game weekend
festivities...in 2000 was named to Howe Sportsdata's All-Teen Team.
During 2 stints with the Blue Jays hit .227 with 8hr, 34rbi and 5sb in 85g...in 43g at Class AAA Syracuse hit .318 and was successful on all 13 stolen base attempts...began the season with Tor and hit .226 in 79g before he was optioned to Syracuse on 7/18...returned to Tor as a September callup and hit .235 in 6g and 4 starts...for the Jays hit .303 in April and .172 in May...in July went 5-for-31 with 16 strikeouts in 10g before he was sent to Syracuse...on 5/1 vs Tex batted leadoff for the first time in his career (0-4)...overall made 4 starts hitting leadoff (1-17, 1bb)...hit safely in 16 of his first 17g at Syracuse (397), including a season-high 11-game hitting streak from 7/25-8/7 (.391)...recorded 2 hits in each of his last 6g prior to his 9/3 promotion (.429), raising BA from .297 to season-ending .318...on 8/19 at Buffalo had 5 hits and 4rbi, both season highs.
Split the season between Tennessee (AA), Syracuse (AAA) and Toronto where he hit .260 in 49 games with five doubles, four triples, five home runs and 23 RBI...Started the season with Tennessee of the Southern League and hit .222 in 19 games with 12 runs scored, two home runs and four RBI...Hit in seven straight from April 11 to 18 with home runs in back to back games on April 15 & 16...Promoted to Syracuse of the International League on April 25...Appeared in 89 games for the SkyChiefs and hit .279 with 19 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs with 44 RBI and 13 stolen bases...Played in 61 games at shortstop, 18 games at second base, two at third base and eight at the DH...In May hit .294 in 29 games and had 14 extra base hits, five doubles, four triples, five home runs and 12 RBI...On June 4 had four hits vs Louisville...Participated in the Major League Futures Game in Seattle in place of Izturis and was 1-3 with a double...Contract was purchased from Syracuse on August 3...Made ML debut on August 3 starting at third base vs Baltimore, was 2-5, 2B, 1RBI b his first ML hit was an RBI double off Mercedes...Hit in his first four games...On August 11 vs Anaheim had first of three 3-hit games...On August 23 in Minnesota was 3-4 with his first ML triple and home run- Miller-2R...Appeared in 23 of 28 August games, 21 starts at third and two at shortstop...Then appeared in 26 of 27 games in September and October...Collected 11 total bases going 3-5, 3B, 2HR and a career high five RBI on September 4 vs New York, was his first career multi-HR game...Hit in a season high six straight games from September 7 to 20...Collected four RBI on October 3 vs Baltimore...Hit .293 with three home runs and 10 RBI while batting right-handed and hit .244 with two home runs and 13 RBI while batting left-handed...Hit .296 at SkyDome and .236 on the road...Hit .324(23-71) with runners on base and .356(16-45) with runners in scoring position.
Appeared in 127 games for Tennessee of the Southern League (AA) and hit .257 with 18 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 41 RBI...Rated as the 2nd best prospect in the Blue Jays organization and as having the best infield arm...Hit .298 in April with two home runs and six RBI...Had a season high four hits on May 19 in Jacksonville....Delivered a solo HR in the 13th inning on August 23 in a 10-9 win at Greenville...Hit .280 against left-handers and 245 against right-handers.
Hit .277 with 27 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs and 80 RBI with Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League...Was second on the team in RBI...Hit .176 in April before posting a .326 average in May and June combined with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI...Hit in ten straight from May 25 to June 3...Hit .316 against left-handed pitching and .267 against right-handed pitching...Rated the best prospect in the organization by Baseball America.
Made his professional debut with St. Catharines of the New York-Penn League (A)...Hit .373 in 19 games with 14 runs scored, five doubles, a home run and 11 RBI...Hit in 17 of 19 games...First pro hit was a 10th inning pinch-hit single on August 13...Hit in 12 straight games from August 18 to 20...Joined Dunedin of the Florida State League on September 3 and hit .385 in four games with a triple and a home run...Rated the fourth best prospect in the New York-Penn League and the third best prospect in the Blue Jays organization...Played winter ball with Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League after they had selected him first overall in their annual draft.