Javier Lopez

Javier Lopez #49

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  • B/T: L/L
  • 6' 4"/220
  • Age: 38


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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Javier Lopez Stats

1-0 1.60 39.1 26 0.89

Javier Lopez MLB Career Stats

29-14 3.45 506.2 343 1.34

Javier Lopez Bio

  • Full Name: Javier Alfonso Lopez
  • Pronunciation: HAH-vee-air LOH-pehz
  • Born: 7/11/1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Draft: 1998, Arizona Diamondbacks, 4th rd. (133rd overall)
  • College: Virginia
  • Debut: April 1, 2003
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2015 Stats 1 0 1.60 77 0 0 39.1 26 0.89
MLB Career Stats 29 14 3.45 771 0 13 506.2 343 1.34
  • Status: Active

Javier Lopez Two-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Giants NL 361 Two-seam FB 84.95 85.26 2133.00 6.63 87.91
MLB Avg - - - Two-seam FB 92.30 91.79 2128.00 6.05 89.60


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Javier Lopez Stats

Javier Lopez Advanced Stats

Javier Lopez Statcast Events


Javier Lopez Awards

World Series Championship

Year Team League
2007 Boston AL
2010 San Francisco NL
2012 San Francisco NL
2014 San Francisco NL

Javier Lopez Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2012 7 24th in NL


Season G Rank
2003 75 17th in NL
2008 70 11th in AL
2010 77 9th in NL
2012 70 24th in NL
2013 69 21st in NL
2015 77 3rd in NL


Season HLD Rank
2003 15 19th in NL
2007 13 24th in AL
2011 20 12th in NL
2012 18 19th in NL
2013 15 21st in NL
2015 20 12th in NL

Javier Lopez Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
November 26, 2013 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LHP Javier Lopez.
July 31, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates traded LHP Javier Lopez to San Francisco Giants for RHP Joe Martinez and LF John Bowker.
December 18, 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent Javier Lopez.
October 5, 2009 LHP Javier Lopez elected free agency.
June 20, 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox activated LHP Javier Lopez from the 7-day disabled list.
June 8, 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox placed LHP Javier Lopez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 5, 2009. left bicep tendinitis
May 15, 2009 Boston Red Sox sent LHP Javier Lopez outright to Pawtucket Red Sox.
May 10, 2009 Boston Red Sox designated LHP Javier Lopez for assignment.

Javier Alfonso Lopez Bio Info

Married (Renee)…daughter (Kylan, March 19, 2010) and son (Christian, Oct. 26, 2012)...Is 1995 graduate of Robinson Secondary High School in Fairfax, Virginia...Attended University of Virginia, where he went 12-9 with 6.30 ERA in 40 games (31 starts)…also hit .319 with 15 home runs, 71 RBI and 22 stolen bases during his college playing career...Graduated from Virginia with degree in Psychology.


12-year Major League veteran finished his fourth full season with the Giants, going 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA (13er, 37.2ip) in 65 games...Finished second on the team in games played behind Jean Machi (71)...Held left-handed batters to a .194 average against, while right-handers hit .271 off him...Allowed 13 of 41 inherited runners to score (31.7%), his highest percentage since 2006 with Boston (32/11, 34.4%)...Surrendered just two home runs in 37.2 innings and has given up just six homers in 185.0 innings while wearing a Giants uniform.


Completed his third full season in a Giants uniform and had one of his best seasons of his career, going 4-2 with a career-best 1.83 ERA (8er, 39.1ip) in a team-high 69 games. Was unscored upon in 62 of 69 appearances. Struck out 8.5 batters per 9.0 innings and allowed just 2.7 walks per 9.0 frames, primarily working as a lefty specialist. Inherited the fourth-most runners (57) in the NL and allowed just 10.5% to score (6-of-57), which ranked as the lowest pct. in the league. Held left-handed batters to a .156 (14-for-90) batting average, which ranked as the seventh-lowest figure among NL pitchers (minimum of 80 batters faced). Blanked opponents in 33 of his last 35 games (19.1ip). Gave up a pinch-hit home run to the Padres' Logan Forsythe in his final appearance of the season on Sept. 27 at AT&T Park…that home run allowed marked his first all season and just his second in his three-plus years in a Giants uniform (605 batters faced).

2012 In his third season with the Giants, southpaw fashioned a 3-0 record with a 2.50 ERA (10er, 36.0ip) while logging a career-best seven saves in 70 relief appearances. Ranked second on the club for the most appearances (70). Held left-handed batters to a .191 avg. against (17-for-89). Recorded six of the Giants' last 16 saves and was 7-for-9 overall. Allowed just one home run in 36.0 innings and since wearing a Giants uniform, he's allowed a total of just one homer in 108.0 innings pitched, the fewest in the NL since July 31, 2010. > Stranded 51 of 58 runners he inherited (87.9%), the third best pct. in the NL. Fashioned the fourth-lowest ERA among NL relievers since the All-Star break, allowing just three runs (two earned runs) in 18.0 innings (1.00 ERA). 2011 Posted career highs in wins (5) and matched career-best in strikeouts (40) in his 2nd season with San Francisco ... Appeared in 70+ games for 2nd-consecutive season and for 4th time in his 9 year career. ... His 14.0% (6-of-43) inherited runner scored rate was tied for 3rd-lowest in NL...stranded his last 26 inherited runners. ... Was 1 of 2 relievers in big leagues that tossed at least 50.0 innings and did not allow home run in 2011 (also Brad Ziegler)...in fact, has not allowed homer in his last 74.1 innings pitched and has never allowed home run in Giants uniform ... Finished 8th among NL pitchers with lowest avg. against vs. left-handed batters with .163 clip (15-for-92) (min. of 75 BF). ... Recorded 5th save of his career and 1st since 2006 on May 12 vs. Arizona, striking out Gerardo Parra with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and Giants leading 3-2... following rescue, crossed his arms like Brian Wilson does in each and every save. ... Was touched for 7 runs in his final 13.0 innings (covering last 19 games)...appeared in just 8 of SF's final 27 games... with roster expanded in September, manager Bruce Bochy had tough time finding matchups for situational lefthander. 2010 Was welcome addition to Giants' bullpen, being acquired by club at trade deadline and going 2-0 with 1.42 ERA (3er, 19.0ip) in 27 games for San Francisco, his 5th different team in 8 Major League seasons...Overall, went 4-2 with 2.34 ERA (15er, 57.2ip) in 77 games with Pirates and Giants...Set career highs in games and posted his lowest ERA of his career...Ranked 5th among NL relievers with 57 inherited runners, most he's ever inherited over course of season...Was used often to get just 1 or 2 hitters out in an inning...logged 0.1-0.2 innings in 41 of his 77 appearances with Pirates and Giants, retiring left-handed hitters such as Prince Fielder (2-for-8 off Lopez), Jason Heyward (1-for-5), Andre Ethier (0-for-4), Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-5) and Carlos Gonzalez (1-for-4)...Right-handed batters hit .306 (34-for-111) off Lopez, however, held left-handed hitters to .162 (16-for-99) avg. against, which was lowest among all left-handed NL pitchers (minimum of 85 at-bats)...held lefties to .111...(5-for-45) clip as member of Giants...Was acquired by Giants at July 31st trade deadline in exchange for RHP Joe Martinez and OF John Bowker...His 1.42 ERA (3er, 19.0ip) beginning Aug. 1 ranked as 14th-lowest among all NL relievers while his .164 opponents avg. against (11-for-67) was 15th-best mark in league...POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS:Was one of best Giants relievers used in their run to World Series Championship, appearing in 9 games and allowing just 1 run in 5.2 innings (1.59 ERA), while holding opposition to .059 avg. against (1-for-17)...Left-handed batters went 1-for-13 with 6 strikeouts against Lopez...Was called upon twice in Division Series vs. Atlanta, both times in situations to face Jason Heyward and answered call by striking him out both times...Allowed his 1st hit to lefty in Game 5 of NLCS vs. Philadelphia (Ryan Howard 2B) as well as his 1st earned run in postseason...Earned his 1st career playoff win in Game 6 of NLCS against Phillies. 2009 Began season with Boston...Was charged with an earned run in three of his first 10 appearances and had a 3.68 ERA (7.1ip/3er) following his 1.0-inning stint at Cleveland on 4/29...Suffered losses on 4/14 at Oakland and 4/28 at Cleveland...Gave up five runs in 0.1ip at Tampa Bay on 4/30...Also made first career appearance in right field on 4/30 (was in RF for final two outs of the 8th inning of Boston's 13-0, one-hit loss that night)...Was scored upon in each of his last four games with the Red Sox...Was designated for assignment on 5/10 and outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/15...Tossed a scoreless inning in first outing on 5/17 vs. Buffalo...Issued five walks and was charged with four runs in next game (0.2ip) on 5/21 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Was scored upon just twice in his next 16 appearances thru 7/19 (17.0ip/3er - 1.59 ERA)...Was on disabled list with biceps tendinitis from 6/6-20...Suffered loss on 7/27 vs. Columbus...Picked up lone win on 8/7 vs. Norfolk....Made seven straight scoreless appearances (7.0ip) from 7/29 thru 8/11...Gave up two runs in 1.0ip on 8/15 at Gwinnett and then made nine straight scoreless appearances (11.0ip) to end the season...Tossed season-high 3.0 innings in final outing on 9/5 vs. Syracuse. 2008 Finished 2nd on the staff and 5th among A.L. lefthanders with 70 appearances, the 2nd most of his career (75 with Colorado in 2003)...Produced a career-best 2.43 ERA (16 ER/59.1 IP), 5th-lowest among qualifying major league lefthanded relievers, while working a lifetime best 59.1 innings...Had a 1.98 ERA (11 ER/50.0 IP) over final 58 outings beginning April 25.

RELIEF info: Issued a run in 12 of 70 games with 10 holds and 10 games finished...Permitted 12 of 49 inherited runners to score (26.1 percent), including just one of season's first 18...Allowed 22 of 70 first batters to reach base, inducing 6 grounded into double plays. Posted a 4.82 ERA (5 ER/9.1 IP) in first 12 outings through April 24...Had a 1.04 ERA (2 ER/17.1 IP) in next 22 contests, lowering season mark to 2.36 on June 18...ERA was 3.86 (8 ER/18.2 IP) in next 20 games and was at 3.04 through April 20...Finished the year with a season best 12.0 consecutive scoreless innings over final 15 appearances.

BY THE NUMBERS: His 2.43 ERA was also the 2nd lowest among all pitchers who appeared in a game for the Red Sox in 2008...Worked 2.0+ innings 3 times with a career-high 3.0 inning appearance, June 6 vs. Seattle...Pitched less than 1.0 inning on 33 occasions...Was 2-0, 1.23 (5 ER/36.2 IP) in 39 games at Fenway Park...Held lefthanded batters to a .183 (20-for-109) batting average, 5th-lowest among qualifying A.L. relievers...First batters hit .213 (13-for-61) and held opponents to a .171 (6-for-35) figure with runners in scoring position and 2 out...Recorded victories on April 19 vs. Texas and June 22 against St. Louis.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Failed to convert lone save opportunity, July 6 at New York...Has appeared in 138 games since last save on September 12, 2006 at Baltimore, his lone save with the Red Sox...Is the longest stretch for a Boston pitcher without a save since Rheal Cormier went 160 games in 2 stints with the Red Sox in 1995 and 1999-2000. 2007 Ranked 2nd on the club with 61 relief appearances over 3 stints with Boston in 2007, going 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA (Hideki Okajima led with 66 games)...Had appeared in only 59 major league games in his previous 2 seasons combined...Was also 2nd to Okajima with 13 holds..Also posted a 2-1 record and 3.78 ERA in 17 outings for Triple-A Pawtucket...Opened the season with Boston and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in 4 games before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 9...Was recalled by the Red Sox on May 11 and compiled a 3.18 ERA (10 ER/28.1 IP) in 40 appearances before being sent to Pawtucket on August 5...Did not allow a run in his final 8 games with Boston before the option, issuing just 3 hits and no walks in 5.1 total innings in that span...Also did not give up a run in his final 7 outings with the PawSox, covering 3.1 innings, before being called up to Boston for the remainder of the season on August 23...Had no record and a 3.86 ERA (4 ER/9.1 IP) in 17 games for the Red Sox following the last promotion...Was scored upon in just one of his final 10 major league games, posting a 1.80 ERA (1 ER/5.0 IP) in that span. 2006 SUMMARY: Went 1-0 with one save and a 2.70 ERA in 27 relief appearances covering four stints with the Red Sox...his 2.70 ERA was second-lowest by any Red Sox reliever in 2006, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon's 0.92 ERA, and was the best ERA posted by Lopez in any of his four big-league campaigns (had a 3.70 ERA in his rookie season of 2003 with Colorado)...began the year as a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training with the Chicago White Sox and pitched exclusively for their Triple-A Charlotte affiliate before being acquired by the Red Sox on June 15...combined between Triple-A Charlotte and Pawtucket, went 3-1 with 16 saves (in 16 opportunities) and a 1.99 ERA in 39 outings...is his second stint in the Boston organization, as he was selected by the Red Sox in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft but traded to Colorado on March 18, 2003 for right-hander Ryan Cameron.

WITH CHARLOTTE: Began the season with Chicago's Triple-A affiliate and went 2-1 with 12 saves and a 0.55 ERA in 26 relief appearances with the Knights...at the time of his June 15 trade to Boston, he ranked fourth in the International League in saves and eighth in appearances.

WITH BOSTON: Had his contract purchased by the Red Sox upon his acquisition from the White Sox on June 15 and made his Boston debut that night at Minnesota, tossing a scoreless inning...was one of four stints with the Red Sox in 2006: June 15-July 17, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 20-22 and Sept. 4 through the end of the season...boasted a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) in 15 appearances after the All-Star Break.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Had no record and a 0.84 ERA (1 ER/10.2 IP) in 15 appearances at Fenway and went 1-0 with one save and a 6.00 ERA (4 ER/6.0 IP) in 12 outings on the road...righties batted .208 (5-for-24) while lefties hit .250 (8-for-32)...held foes to a .136 batting average (3-for-26) in situations deemed close-and-late. 2005 Combined to go 1-1 with an 11.02 ERA (20 ER/16.1 IP) in 32 relief outings for Arizona and Colorado...the 11.02 ERA was the highest among all Major League relievers with at least 30 appearances...right-handers hit .410 (16-39), while left-handers batted .286 (10-35)...allowed 12 of his 29 inherited runners to score...worked less than 1.0 IP in 25 of his 32 appearances...went 2-4 in save situations with six holds...made his third consecutive Opening Day roster with the Rockies...suffered a blown save on Opening Day vs. San Diego (2 ER/0.1 IP)...made two additional appearances with the Rockies before being optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 11...was claimed off waivers by Arizona on April 14 and recalled by the D'Backs on April 24...earned saves for Arizona on April 27 at the Dodgers and June 6 at Philadelphia...was designated for assignment on July 5...went 0-1 with a 2.22 ERA and two saves in 27 games with Triple-A Tucson to end the season. 2004 After a tough start to his sophomore campaign, Lopez responded to a mid-season option by allowing just 2 runs in his final 18 appearances (11.2 innings), holding opponents to a .200 average against...appeared in 64 games overall, posting a 1-2 record with a 7.52 ERA...he ranked second in the majors in stranding inherited runners (40-of-46, 87%), trailing only Houston's Brad Lidge (28-of-30, 93%)...performed very well when asked to pitch on back-to-back days...made 15 appearances on 0 days rest, shutting out the opposition while surrendering just 5 hits and 3 walks in 9.1 innings...allowed only 10 extra-base hits in 40.2 total innings and just one home run, June 7 vs. San Francisco (Pedro Feliz)...was scored upon in only 15 outings throughout the year but allowed 3 or more runs six times...as a result, despite tossing scoreless baseball in 49 of his 64 appearances, he still finished with the highest ERA of his seven-year professional career...broke camp with the Rockies for the second straight season and did not allow a run in his first six outings (5.1 innings)...after a rough stretch in mid-summer, Lopez, leading the team with 46 appearances, was optioned to Colorado Springs (AAA) on July 18...he pitched in eight games for the Sky Sox, going 0- 1 with a 4.00 ERA...it was his first exposure to Triple-A, as he had jumped directly from Double-A El Paso in 2002 to the Rockies in 2003...was recalled on Aug. 8 and spent the last two months in the majors. 2003 The submarine southpaw came from virtually nowhere to emerge as one of the top rookie relievers in baseball...was picked up during spring training from the Red Sox having never pitched above the Double A level...Javier not only made his first Opening Day roster but went on to set a club rookie record with 75 appearances, third most among all major league rookies...he trailed only Arizona's Oscar Villarreal (86) and Houston's Brad Lidge (78)...broke the previous rookie mark of 64 set by Steve Reed in 1993...the 75 games also tied fellow left-hander Brian Fuentes for the staff lead...Javier completed his first major league season with a 4-1 record, 3.70 ERA and 1 save (58.1 ip, 24 er)...was leading all NL relievers with a 0.72 ERA through June 11 (25.0 ip, 2 er) before giving up 18 earned runs over a stretch of 9.2 innings from June 12-July 7...the lefty allowed just 3 runsb2 earnedbin his first 30 ML appearances, the only reliever since 1980 to accomplish that according to the Elias Sports Bureau...take away a 7 run blemish on June 12 at Minnesota and Javier's yearly ERA would have been just 2.65 (57.2 ip, 17 er)...the lefty tossed shutout ball in 63 of his 75 outings...compiled a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances at Coors Field (31.2 ip, 6 er), the lowest ERA ever by a Rockies reliever with at least 10 games at the hitter-friendly ballpark...broke the previous low of 2.05 set by Mike Myers in 2000...Lopez held league hitters to a .209 average at Coors, yielding just 24 hits in 115 at-bats...that barely fell short of Reed's record for lowest average against at Coors, .207 in 1997...Lopez had a perfect 3-0 record at home but was just 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA on the road (26.2 ip, 18 er)...inherited a team-high 43 runners, stranding 35 of them (81%), fourth best in the NL...retired 54 of his 75 first batters faced (.720)...ranked second on the club with 15 relief holds and was officially 1-for-2 in save situations...had 3 balks called against him this year, the most by a Rockie since Jamey Wright also had 3 in 1998...made his major league debut in the season opener April 1 at Houston (1.0 ip, 0 h, 1 bb)...notched his first ML victory in his fourth appearance, April 10 vs. St. Louis...entered the game in the eighth inning down 4-6 and stranded 2 inherited runners, one at third...Rox rallied to score 3 in their half of the eighth to win 7-6...didn't allow his first earned runs until his ninth appearance, April 19 vs. San Diego, and those were let in by another reliever after Javier departed... therefore, he didn't allow his "own" earned runs to score until his 31st game on June 12...gave up 11 hits in 74 at-bats over the first two months of the season, only two going for extra-bases (both doubles)...compiled an 18.2 scoreless innings streak from April 22 to June 8...the streak was a season high for a Rockie in 2003 and the fifth longest in franchise history...retired 54-of-65 batters faced throughout that stretch, fanning 16 with just 2 walks and a .115 average against (7-for-61)...worked a scoreless month of May covering 13 appearances and 12.0 innings...gave up 5 hits during the month (.128 avg) with 2 BB and 13 K's...overall, had a 0.87 ERA through his first 25 appearances (20.2 ip, 3 r, 2 er)...only two other ML pitchers in the last 10 years have allowed 3 or fewer runs in their first 25 big league appearances: Jason Christiansen with the Pirates in 1995 (3 runs) and John Hudek with Houston in 1994 (2)...lowered that ERA to an NL best 0.72 through his first 30 appearances (25.0 ip, 3 r, 2 er), becoming the first and only reliever since 1980 to allow that few amount of runs in his first 30 ML games...all of that came to an end on June 12 at Minnesota, when he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits with 2 home runs in just .2 IP...would go on to yield 18 earned runs over a stretch of 9.2 innings from June 12-July 7...but that turned out to be more of an aberration than simply the "league catching up with him"...he allowed only 4 runs in his final 33 appearances, 25.2 innings (1.40 ERA), including just 2 earned in his last 27 appearances, 22.1 innings (0.81 ERA)...collected his first major league hit and RBI with a run-scoring single off Villarreal on July 2 vs. Arizona...retired 18 consecutive batters faced from July 31 to Aug. 16...had the streak snapped on Aug. 16 at Shea Stadium when he walked Jason Phillips intentionally...it fell 3 shy of the Rockies record of 21 straight batters retired set by Darren Holmes, Sept. 13-28, 1996...broke the single-season club rookie record in appearances with his 65th on Sept. 5...earned the victory in the Rockies season finale on Sept. 28 at San Diego, the final game ever at Qualcomm Stadium. 2002 In his first full season at Double A, the southpaw appeared in a career high 61 games, going 2-2 with a 2.72 ERA (46.1 ip, 14 er) and 6 saves...only Midland's Claudio Galva (62) had more appearances among Texas League hurlers...the 2002 campaign was Javier's first solely as a reliever...limited the opposition to a .204 average against...posted a 2.9 strikeouts-to-walks ratio (47/16)...did not allow an earned run in 53 of his 61 appearances...did not allow an earned run over his final 21 appearances, from July 21 to Sept. 1...struck out 12 while allowing just 14 baserunners (9 h, 5 bb) during that span...went 2-1, 0.68 ERA (26.2 ip, 2 er) from June 13 through the end of the season (36 apps)...following the year, he played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League...ranked third in the league with 23 appearances, while compiling a 1-0, 1.80 (20.0 ip, 4 er) record with 5 walks and 15 strikeouts...selected by Boston in the Rule 5 major league draft on Dec. 16.