Nicholas Lopez resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the offseason...Graduated from Naperville Central High School (Ill.)...Attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb…earned All-Big East Second Team honors as a junior, hitting .306 with 11 doubles, five triples, two homers and 11 stolen bases…became just the 11th player in program history to be selected in the top five rounds of the FirstYear Player Draft...Participated in Royals FanFest in 2020…established Nicky’s #1’s initiative in 2020, in which he hosted Zoom calls with Royals community partners during the offseason and will host kids at Kauffman Stadium in 2021…has also visited with kids as part of the Dream Factory, while he made a pizza donation to The University of Kansas Hospital Workers during the pandemic...Lists video games, golf and spending time with family and friends as his hobbies.
Appeared in 56 of the Royals’ 60 games, making 51 starts, including 50 at second base and one at shortstop...Named one of four finalists among American League second baseman for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, along with the eventual winner, César Hernández as well as Danny Mendick and Jonathan Schoop...Ranked third in fielding percentage among American League middle infielders (min. 200 chances) at .991 (2 errors in 221 chances), trailing only Carlos Correa (.995) and Francisco Lindor (.995)…he went 40 straight games without an error from Aug. 1-Sept. 18...His six outs above average matched Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier for the Major League lead among qualified second basemen, and ranked tied for third among all infielders, trailing only San Diego’s shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (7) and Colorado’s third baseman Nolan Arenado (7)...Drew 18 walks in 192 plate appearances (10.67 PA/ BB) in 2020, after walking just 18 times in 402 plate appearances in 2019 (22.33 PA/BB)...All eight of his doubles came off right-handed pitching, while his lone home run came off Minnesota lefty Lewis Thorpe on Aug. 8...Batted just .191 (18-for-94) with four doubles, a home run and five RBI through Aug. 31 (32 games), before hitting .310 (13-for-42) with three doubles and eight RBI between Sept. 1-15 (13 games), but went 3-for-his-last-33 (.091) with no RBI in his last 11 games...Recorded his third career three-RBI game on Sept. 3 vs. the White Sox, including a two-run double and an RBI ground out...Matched a career high with three hits on Sept. 9 at Cleveland, his fifth three-hit game and first since Sept. 24, 2019 vs. Atlanta.
Made his Major League debut on May 14 vs. Texas and played in 103 games with Kansas City, slashing .240/.276/.325 (91-for-379) with 22 doubles, two triples, two homers and 44 runs scored…that includes hitting .281 (34-for-121) over his last 36 games (Aug. 5-end of season) ... Made 100 starts, including 71 at second base and 29 at shortstop ... His 68 double plays turned were tied for third most by an American League middle infielder from his May 14 debut through season's end, trailing only Yolmer Sánchez (92) and Jonathan Villar (74) ... His .990 fielding percentage at second base (3 errors in 314 total chances) ranked second in the American League (min. 70 starts) from his May 14 debut through season's end, trailing only Yolmer Sánchez (.991) ... Had an RBI single in the seventh in his Major League debut for his first hit and RBI…he was the first Royal to bat second in the starting lineup in his debut since Jeremy Giambi on Sept. 1, 1998 ... Hit safely in eight of his first nine games, in which he batted .324 (12-for-37) with a .405 on-base percentage (5 walks) ... Hit his first Major League home run off Detroit's Matthew Boyd on June 13 at TD Ameritrade Park, his home park where he played collegiately for Creighton University…it was the first Major League home run hit in the state of Nebraska ... He's the first Royals left-handed batter to have his first home run come vs. a left-handed pitcher since Mitch Maier hit his first career homer off Cleveland's Rafael Perez on Aug. 25, 2009 ... Had a career-high three hits four times: June 18 at Seattle, July 12 vs. Detroit, Sept. 19 at Minnesota and Sept. 24 vs. Atlanta ... Recorded a career-high 12-game hit streak from Aug. 16-29, in which he hit .357 (15-for-42), the longest hit streak by a Royals rookie middle infielder since Mike Aviles had a 12- game hit streak as a rookie from July 7-22, 2008 ... Went a career-best 44 straight plate appearances without a strikeout from Sept. 1-28, which was the longest active streak in the Majors, according to Elias, when he struck out in his final at-bat of the season…also had a streak of 37 plate appearances without a strikeout from July 23-Aug. 4 ... Struck out just 12 times in 160 plate appearances over his last 45 games from July 24 through season's end, one per 13.33 plate appearances, which was the best rate in the Majors during that time (min. 150 PA) ... Opened the season with Omaha (AAA), where he hit .353 (41-for-116) with a .457 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage in 31 games ... After going 0-for-14 through four games to begin the season, had a nine-game hit streak with Omaha from April 9-19, in which he hit .462 (18-for-39), including three straight three-hit efforts, the second of which was a two-homer game on April 16 at Oklahoma City ... Selected on May 13, at which point he ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in stolen bases (9, tied for 4th), on-base percentage (.457, 5th) and batting average (.353, 8th).
Ended the year as the No. 7-ranked prospect in the Royals' organization, according to MLB.com ... Split the year between Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), batting .308/.382/.417 (155-for-504) between the two stops…led all Royals farmhands in hits and walks (60) and ranked third in runs scored (75) and tied for fourth in triples (7) ... Named a Texas League mid-season All-Star, starting at shortstop and driving in the North's first run on a ground out…also tabbed a MiLB.com Organization All-Star ... Hit for the cycle with Northwest Arkansas on June 21 at Tulsa, going 5-for-6 with four runs scored…became the first Natural to hit for the cycle since Bubba Starling did it on July 28, 2015 ... Promoted to Omaha on June 28, reaching Triple-A for the first time…at the time of his promotion, ranked third among Double-A batters in hits (93), sixth in batting average (.331) and tied for seventh in triples (5) ... Batted .296/.400/.439 (29-for-98) in his first full month with the Storm Chasers (July), but finished the year hitting just .242 (29-for-120) over his final 30 games ... Recorded his second five-hit game of the year on July 27 at Fresno, going 5-for-6 with a double and three runs scored.
Named Wilmington (A) Player of the Year, splitting the season between the Blue Rocks and Northwest Arkansas (AA)…combined to hit .279/.348/.356 (144-for-517) between the two stops... Selected to the Carolina League All-Star Game…started for the North Division All-Stars at shortstop and went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot... Tied for third in the Carolina League in triples (7), despite playing in just 70 games before his promotion…would have tied for second in the league in batting average (.295) and third in on-base percentage (.376), if he had reached the minimum number of at-bats to qualify... Hit .303/.382/.416 (83-for-274) with 11 doubles, seven triples, two homers and 42 runs scored during the first half of the season…promoted to Double-A on June 26 and played his final 59 games at Northwest Arkansas... Recorded four, four-hit games including June 30 vs. Corpus Christi and Aug. 15 at Midland as a member of the Naturals... Played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League…ranked second in the league in batting average (.383), collecting five doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 runs scored... Named to the AFL All-Prospect Team as well as a "Rising Star."
Spent his first professional season at Burlington (Rookie), hitting .281/.393/.429 (65-for-231)…led the Appalachian League in runs scored (54), tied for the league lead in triples (5), while also ranking second in steals (24), tied for second in walks (35) and total bases (99) ... Named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star as well as an Appalachian League postseason All-Star.