HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros Class A Advanced Lancaster manager Omar Lopez has been named the Manager of the Year in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) for the 2014-15 season. The 38-year-old Lopez, who was the youngest manager in the LVBP this season, led the Caribes de Anzoategui to a league-best 39-24 regular season record in what was his first year as the club's manager. In 2015, he will serve as manager at Class A Advanced Lancaster after serving as manager at Class A Quad Cities from 2013-14.
In earning Venezuelan Manager of the Year honors, Lopez received 47 of the 50 first place votes from the Venezuelan press, along with three second place votes for 144 total points in the voting. He is just the third manager in the history of the Caribes club to win the prestigious award, joining Al Pedrique (twice, 2013-14, 2012-13) and Marco Davalillo (2007-08).
"Omar is one of the brightest young managers we have in our minor league system, and has done an exceptional job developing our players both on and off the field of play," said Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken. "Omar is a good baseball tactician, a stern but fair leader of men, and has an excellent knack for getting his players to reach their full potential within a team concept. He has overseen the development of many players throughout his time with the Astros, including All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve. On behalf of the Astros organization, we congratulate Omar on this well-deserved honor."
Lopez has been a member of the Astros organization since 1999, with the 2015 season being his 17th year with the club. He has been a manager in the Astros minor league system in each of the last seven seasons, serving posts at Rookie Level Greeneville (2011-12), the Gulf Coast League Astros (2009-10) and the Venezuelan Summer League Astros (2008), in addition to Class A Quad Cities. In 2013, Lopez led Quad Cities to a Midwest League Championship title after an 81-57 finish in the regular season. Lopez began his career with the Astros as a full-time scout and hitting/infield instructor in the Astros Venezuelan program from 1999-2006.