Married Jhilaris Bautista … Instagram: @rlopez_40 ... Graduated in 2012 from Pedro Luis Santana Coromina High School in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic … enjoys Christian music and dancing.
American League Leaders: T6th-GS (32); T7th-QS (19); 12th-IP (188.2); 12th-Opp. AVG (.234) ... Spent his first full season in the White Sox rotation … ranked among the Sox leaders in quality starts (T1st), IP (2nd), strikeouts (2nd, 151) and starts (T2nd) ... Worked at least 6.0 IP 22 times, allowed two runs or less in 19 outings and one run or less 11 times ... Surrendered two runs or less on five hits or less over 6.0-plus IP in 15 starts, tied for third in the AL and tied for sixth in the majors … Washington's Max Scherzer led the majors with 22 and Houston's Justin Verlander led the AL with 20 ... Limited left-handers to a .220 average (79-359) ... His 15 no decisions tied for the fourth-most in the majors … received a 3.26 run support average (33 RS) in the NDs ... Limited opponents to a .203 (32-158) average with RISP and .162 (12-74) mark with RISP/two outs … the .203 RISP mark was the fourth-lowest in the AL and 10th-lowest in MLB ... Received a 3.39 run support average (71 RS), second-lowest in the majors behind Cole Hamels (3.02) … received two runs or less 20 times, including six straight from 7/6-8/7… received one run or less in six of his final eight outings from 8/19-9/28 ... Posted a 1.78 ERA (6 ER/30.1 IP) over five starts in April … received a no decision in his season debut on 4/2 at Toronto … allowed just one run on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6.0 IP ... One-Man Club: Suffered his first lost on 4/8 vs. Detroit despite allowing one unearned run on two hits over 7.0 IP … became the first White Sox starter since at least 1908 to lose a game after going 7.0-plus IP with two or fewer hits allowed, one run allowed, and no earned runs (STATS) … marked just the fifth such outing in the major leagues since 2000 (last, Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole on 4/25/17 vs. the Cubs) … also become the first pitcher in Sox history to throw 6.0-plus IP with two or fewer hits allowed and one or no earned runs allowed in each of his first two starts of a season (Elias) ... Was charged with his second loss on 4/16 at Oakland despite allowing just two runs on four hits with a career-high tying 10 strikeouts over 6.0 IP ... His season-opening winless stretch reached five on 4/27 at Kansas City despite allowing two earned runs in 6.1 IP ... Received his fourth straight no decision on 5/9 vs. Pittsburgh after allowing just two runs on three hits, including two homers, and six strikeouts over 7.1 IP … retired the first 10 Pirates of the game … the White Sox led 5-2 entering the ninth but Nate Jones allowed four runs and Pittsburgh went on to a 6-5 win ... Compiled an 11.0 IP scoreless streak from 5/20-25 … earned his first win on 5/20 vs. Texas, allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts over a career-high 8.0 IP … retired 22 of the final 24 batters he faced … his 107 pitches also marked a career high ... Received a ND on 6/5-1 at Minnesota despite allowing just one hit over 7.0 scoreless IP … Nate Jones allowed four runs in the eighth as Chicago lost, 4-2 … was the first White Sox starter to work 7.0-plus IP and allow one hit since José Quintana on 5/19/17 at Seattle (1 ER/8.0 IP) ... Recorded his second win on 6/10 at Boston after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over 6.1 IP ... Won back-to-back starts for the first time in 2018 on 6/26 vs. Minnesota (4 ER/6.1 IP) and 7/1 at Texas (2 ER/6.1 IP) … first pitch temperature for the game at the Rangers was 97 degrees ... Went 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA (5 ER/40.0 IP) and 41 strikeouts over his final six starts of the season, allowing 24 hits with a 0.88 WHIP … lowered his season ERA from 4.66 to 3.91 during that stretch, the 17th-best mark in the AL ... 6.0 (IP), 1 (R) & Done: Made five straight starts from 8/29-9/21 allowing one run or less over 6.0-plus IP … the streak was the longest by a Sox starter since Eric King from 4/22-5/13/89 (also five) … was one of four pitchers in 2018 to accomplish the feat, joining St. Louis' Carlos Martínez (six), Boston's Chris Sale (six) and Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams (five) ... Also surrendered five hits or less in each of the five outings from 8/29-9/21 … became just the third Sox starter to record a five-game streak of 6.0-plus IP, one run or less allowed and five hits or less allowed, joining Joe Horlen (5/11-29/68) and Billy Pierce (5/21-6/8/57) … Pittsburgh's Williams was the only other pitcher to record such a streak in 2018 ... Earned the win in his Yankee Stadium debut on 8/29, allowing one run on five hits over 7.0 IP … retired 12 of the first 13 batters and seven of the last nine he faced … improved to 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/7.0 IP), 12 strikeouts and just nine hits allowed over two starts vs. the Yankees in 2018 ... Did not allow a run in consecutive starts on 9/9 vs. the Angels (6.0 IP) and 9/15 at Baltimore (7.0) … earned his seventh and final win on 9/21 vs. the Cubs (1 ER/7.0 IP) ... Tweak the Streak: Suffered the loss in his final start on 9/28-1 at Minnesota despite surrendering just two runs on four hits over 6.0 IP … marked his sixth consecutive start allowing two runs or less and five hits or less over 6.0-plus IP … was just the third White Sox pitcher to record such a streak, joining Carlos Rodón (six; 7/5-8/10/18) and Joe Horlen (six; 5/7-29/68) … López and Rodón tied for the third-longest such streak in the majors in 2018,trailing Houston's Verlander (11) and Washington's Scherzer (8).
Made 22 starts with Class AAA Charlotte and eight with the White Sox in his first season in the organization ... Recorded five quality starts and threw at least 6.0 IP in seven of his eight starts with the Sox … averaged 2.64 walks per 9.0 IP (14 BB/47.2 IP), down from 4.50 with the Nationals in 2016 ... Posted a 3.56 ERA (12 ER/30.1 IP) in five starts at home and a 6.75 mark (13 ER/17.1 IP) over three road outings … three of his eight starts came against Kansas City ... Went 3-0 with a 4.62 ERA (13 ER/25.1 IP) over his final four starts, compared to 0-3 with a 4.84 ERA (12 ER/22.1 IP) and 21 strikeouts over his first four … received an average of 11.37 runs of support during the winning streak (32 runs), up from 3.22 in his first four outings ... Was recalled from Charlotte on 8/11 and made his White Sox debut that night in a start vs. Kansas City … received a no decision after allowing two runs (both solo homers) with six strikeouts over 6.0 IP ... Suffered his first loss with the Sox on 8/17 at Texas, allowing six runs over 4.1 IP before exiting with soreness on his right side ... Was placed on the disabled list on 8/19 (retro to 8/18) with a back strain … was reinstated on 9/1 … made the start that night vs. Tampa Bay (L; 3 ER/6.0) ... Suffered his third loss on 9/6 vs. Cleveland despite holding the Indians to one run on six hits over 6.0 IP … earned his first win with the White Sox on 9/11 at Kansas City (3 ER/6.0 IP) ... Worked a career-high tying 7.0 IP (4 ER) in a win on 9/16 at Detroit … allowed three runs in the second before limiting the Tigers to one run on five hits over his final 5.0 IP ... Made his final start on 9/27 vs. the Angels (ND; 4 ER/6.0 IP) ... At the time of his promotion from Charlotte, ranked among the International League leaders in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (3rd, 9.7), opponents average (3rd, .220), strikeouts (T3rd,131) and IP (7th, 121.0) ... Struck out 10-plus batters on four occasions: 4/11 at Durham (10 SO/5.1 IP), 6/29 vs. Columbus (11 SO/6.2 IP), 7/16 vs. Gwinnett (12 SO/7.0 IP) and 7/26 vs. Columbus (10 SO/5.0 IP) ... Was named the White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 2.10 ERA (7 ER/30.0 IP) with 38 strikeouts and a .183 (20-109) opponents average over five starts ... Allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his final eight starts with Charlotte from 6/29-8/6 before being recalled ... Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 Prospect in the White Sox organization and No. 31 in baseball … is rated by MLB.com as the No. 4 Prospect in the Sox system, No. 38 in baseball and the No. 9 right-handed pitching prospect ... Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 Prospect in the White Sox organization and No. 31 in baseball … was rated by MLB.com as the No. 4 Prospect in the Sox system, No. 38 in baseball and the No. 9 right-handed pitching prospect.
Combined to go 5-7 with a 3.21 ERA (39 ER/109.1 IP) and 126 strikeouts over 19 starts between Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse … averaged 10.4 strikeouts per 9.0 IP while holding opponents to a .220 (90-410) average. Began the season with Harrisburg, where he went 2-1 with a 1.60 ERA (6 ER/33.2 IP) and 56 strikeouts over his last six starts … struck out 10-plus batters in four of the six starts, including a career-high 13 each on 6/8 vs. Hartford and 6/19 vs. Reading. Threw 8.0 scoreless IP with 10 strikeouts on 6/25 at New Hampshire to earn a promotion to Syracuse … made his Chiefs debut on 6/30 at Rochester, allowing one run on three hits over 6.0 IP. His contract was purchased from Syracuse on 7/19 … made his major-league debut that night vs. the Dodgers, allowing six runs on 10 hits with nine strikeouts over 4.2 IP … the nine strikeouts were the second-most by a pitcher in his Nationals debut behind Stephen Strasburg's 14 on 6/8/10 vs. Pittsburgh. Was optioned back to Syracuse following the start and recalled again on 7/30 … made his second start that night at San Francisco (ND, 3 ER/4.0 IP) … was optioned back to the Chiefs following the start and recalled a third time on 8/13. Earned his first major-league victory on 8/13 vs. Atlanta, allowing one run on five hits over 7.0 IP … struck out 11 batters over 7.0 IP on 8/18 at Atlanta, becoming just the fourth rookie in Nationals history to fan 10-plus in a game. Was optioned to Syracuse on 8/30 and recalled for the fourth and final time on 9/4 … his final five outings came out of the bullpen … threw 3.0 scoreless IP in relief on 9/12 vs. the Mets and 5.1 scoreless IP on 9/24 at Pittsburgh. Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 Prospect in the Nationals system and No. 93 in baseball. Sox acquisition was recommended by John Tumminia.
Spent the entire season with Class A Potomac … averaged 8.5 strikeouts and 0.45 home runs (5 HR) per 9.0 IP ... Opened the season with a streak of 13.0 consecutive scoreless IP over his first three starts and posted a 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.0 IP) with 21 strikeouts over his final three ... Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for 8/10-16 after striking out 11 over 7.0 scoreless IP on 8/12 vs. Winston-Salem ... Was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect in the Carolina League following the season.
Combined to go 7-3 with a 1.08 ERA (10 ER/83.1 IP), 70 strikeouts and a .149 (42-281) opponents average over 16 starts between Advanced Rookie Auburn and Class A Hagerstown ... Recorded a 0.27 ERA (2 ER/66.2 IP) over his final 12 starts of the season … did not allow an earned run over eight straight starts from 7/9-8/19 (48.1 IP) ... Went 4-0 with a 0.23 ERA (1 ER/39.2 IP) over seven starts in the second half and 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA (23.0 IP) over four home starts, allowing six hits ... Was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for 6/23-29 after throwing 5.2 scoreless with eight strikeouts on 6/23 vs. Batavia ... Following the season, was rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 Prospect in the South Atlantic League and the No. 2 Prospect in the NYPL.
Made one start each at Auburn and Hagerstown.
Made his professional debut with five relief appearances in the Dominican Summer League.