Full name is Jorge Yabiel López…resides in Cayey, Puerto Rico with his wife, Karla and son, Mikael ... Graduated from Caguas Military Academy in Cayey, P.R ... Made two starts for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, including a win over Mexico on March 11…in his victory, he allowed one run on two hits and two walks in 4.1 innings, with five strikeouts ... At the time he was selected in the second round of the 2011 Draft by Milwaukee, he was Puerto Rico's second-highest drafted pitcher ever behind Luis Atilano by Atlanta in the first round (35th overall) in 2003 ... Volunteered at a Special Olympics Clinic at Kauffman Stadium in 2018...also participated in Royals FanFest in 2019.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time and set career highs in wins (4), appearances (39), starts (18), innings (123.2) and strikeouts (109) ... Held right-handed batters to a .241 average (59-for-245), including a .118 average (6-for-51) over 15 appearances from June 21-Aug. 19 ... Opened the year in the starting rotation, but went 0-6 with a 7.07 ERA (39 ER in 49.2 IP) over his first 10 starts (through May 25)…that included allowing seven earned runs over his first three starts (3.71 ERA), before pitching to an 8.31 mark (32 ER in 34.2 IP) over his next eight outings (seven starts) ... Recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings on April 16 in Chicago, but took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits, including three homers ... Collected eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings of relief on May 29 vs. Chicago, the most strikeouts by a Royals reliever since Bruce Chen (also 8) on June 28, 2014 vs. the Angels…the only Royal with more strikeouts in a relief appearance was Tom Gordon (10 in 6.2 IP) on April 12, 1989 vs. Baltimore ... Earned his first win of the season on June 16 at Minnesota with 2.1 innings of relief to mark his first win since Sept. 8, 2018 at Target Field, when he took a perfect game into the ninth inning ... Made eight of his last nine appearances as a starter, in which he went 3-2 with a 5.89 ERA (24 ER in 36.2 IP)…of the 24 earned runs he allowed in those outings, 11 of them (45.8%) came in two starts, on Aug. 8 at Detroit (4 ER in 1.1 IP) and Sept. 22 (7 ER in 2.1 IP) ... Earned his first career save on Aug. 25 at Cleveland, recording a scoreless bottom of the 10th inning following Ryan O'Hearn's go-ahead homer in the top half ... Went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA (9 ER in 27.0 IP) and .232 opponents' average (22-for-95) during a five-start stretch from Aug. 19-Sept. 17, including back-to-back wins on Sept. 6 at Miami and Sept. 12 at Chicago…tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in the 3-0 win at Miami, marking his first career scoreless start.
Set career highs at the Major League level in wins (2), appearances (17), starts (7) and innings (53.2) across seven big league stints between Milwaukee and Kansas City...Started his season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he went 3-3 with five saves and a 5.65 ERA (18 ER in 28.2 IP) in 24 appearances...Went 0-1 despite a 2.75 ERA (6 ER in 19.2 IP) in 10 relief appearances-eight of which went at least 2.0 innings-with Milwaukee over six stints: April 11-17, May 4-10, May 13-24, June 12-16, July 7-11, July 23-26...Suffered his first loss on July 11 at Miami…recorded scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th, before yielding a walk-off RBI single to Starlin Castro in the 12th ...Acquired by Kansas City with OF Brett Phillips on July 28, for INF Mike Moustakas...Optioned upon joining the Royals' organization to Omaha (AAA), where he made two appearances… earned a 5-0 win over Salt Lake on Aug. 7 with 5.2 scoreless innings and seven strikeouts, his first start of the season...Recalled on Aug. 15 and made his Royals debut that night, a 6-5 loss vs. Toronto (6 ER in 4.2 IP)... Lost his second and third starts with Kansas City as well, on Aug. 20 at Tampa Bay (1 ER in 5 IP) and Aug. 26 vs. Cleveland (5 ER in 4 IP) ...On Sept. 2 vs. Baltimore (1 ER in 7 IP), recorded a careerhigh eight strikeouts and earned his first Major League win in 1,069 days, since Sept. 29, 2015 at San Diego (with Milwaukee), which was his Major League debut...On Sept. 8 at Minnesota, a 4-1 win, he became the first Royal to take a perfect game into the ninth inning, retiring each of his first 24 batters…allowed a walk and a single to leadoff the ninth, and was charged with a run after exiting with a career-high 8.0 innings…run snapped scoreless streak at 14.0 innings...In the Sept. 8 start vs. Minnesota, he opposed fellow countryman José Berríos, marking the first time two Puerto Rican-born pitchers started vs. each other since July 21, 2010, when the Angels' Joel Piñeiro opposed the Yankees' Javier Vázquez, according to Elias...López and Berríos met in their next starts, Sept. 14 in Kansas City…recorded 4.0 scoreless innings before being charged with three runs in the fifth, after colliding with third baseman Hunter Dozier while trying to field a high chopper in the previous frame…exited with a left rib contusion...Surrendered a career-high seven runs on eight hits in 1.0 inning plus three batters on Sept. 20 at Detroit, his final start of the season...Issued just one walk to the last 87 batters he faced over four-plus starts (20.1 IP)…the only walk was to Max Kepler on Sept. 8 in Minnesota, which broke up his perfect-game bid in the ninth inning...Held left-handed batters to a .242 average (30-for-124), but they accounted for five of the six HR he allowed… right handers hit .318 (27-for-85)...Held opponents to a .138 average (8-for-58) with two outs, tied for 10th best in the Majors (min. 60 batters faced).
Went 8-8 with a 4.25 ERA and 7 saves in 39 games (13 starts) at Double-A Biloxi... Made 13 of his first 14 appearances as a starter... Was 3-6 with a 4.61 ERA as a starter (66.1ip, 34er) and 5-2 with a 3.62 ERA in relief (37.1ip, 15er)...Was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April (5gs, 2-1, 1.73era)... Was recalled by Milwaukee on 6/29 and optioned back to Biloxi on 6/30...His only appearance for the Brewers came in relief on 6/29 at Cincinnati (2ip, 4h, 1r, 1er, 1bb)... Made 2 starts for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA... Earned a win on 3/11 vs. Mexico (4.1ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 5k)... Received no decision on 3/20 vs. Netherlands (2.2ip, 4h, 2r, 2er, 2bb-1ibb, 1k, 1hr, 1hbp)...Pitched for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.
Entered the year ranked by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the organization...Began the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 1-7 with a 6.81 ERA in 17 games, including 16 starts.....was transferred to Double-A Biloxi on 7/25 ...Went 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 8 starts at Biloxi...Combined to go 3-11 with a 5.78 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the season...Following the season pitched for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Southern League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A Biloxi…Ranked among the Southern League leaders in opponent batting average (1st, .205), wins (T1st, 12), ERA (2nd, 2.26) and strikeouts (3rd, 137)…Made 2 starts after his contract was selected by Milwaukee on 9/22…Made his MLB debut in a 4-3 win on 9/29 at San Diego (5ip, 8h, 3r, 3er, 2bb, 7k, 1wp).....his first career strikeout was Yangervis Solarte…His other start came in a 3-1 loss on 10/4 vs. Chicago-NL (5ip, 6h, 3r, 3er, 3bb, 3k, 1hbp)…Enters 2016 as the second-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.