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One former Blue Jays prospect is swinging a hot bat as of late in the NL East

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Photo credit:© Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Tyson Shushkewich
2 months ago
In Spring Training, the Toronto Blue Jays needed some room on the 40-man roster and turned to their influx of infield prospects to create some space. After the Jays signed Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodríguez to a five-year deal in mid-February, the club designated Otto López for assignment and later traded him to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations a few days later.
Born in the Dominican Republic but raised in Montreal, Que. for a brief period, López appeared in nine games for the Blue Jays through the 2022 and 2023 campaigns and collected six hits through ten at-bats in the short tenure. An oblique strain last season kept him on the sidelines for quite some time and he fell on the depth charts with the likes of Addison Barger, Davis Schneider, Orelvis Martinez, and Leo Jimenez inserting themselves into the call-up contention bracket.
López’s time in the Bay Area was short-lived as he was DFA’d in early April and was claimed on waivers a few days later by the Miami Marlins, a move that has proved beneficial to the former Jays prospect.
To start the season, López was down in triple-A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp but was recalled to the big league squad on April 15th when Jake Burger landed on the IL, and López remains on the Marlins squad to this day.
While his playing time has been sporadic off the bench for a struggling Marlins squad, the 25-year-old has lately been finding himself in the starting lineup with increased frequency after the club dealt Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres and with Tim Anderson landing on the IL as well. These injuries to other Marlins regulars have seen López play with increased frequency and the right-handed batter is making the most of the opportunity.
Through 20 games this season, López owns a .282/.333/.564 slash line and a .897 OPS before tonight’s game, with the Dominican product collecting two doubles, three home runs, and six RBIs through 39 at-bats. In May, López has collected seven hits and owns a .625 SLG.
On the field, the Marlins have López playing mostly at second base with 70 innings under his belt while he has made some appearances on the left side of second base as well to the tune of six games and 38 innings. He has made one error at the hot corner but boasts a clean sheet at second base.
With Anderson still on the IL, López has seen his playing time on the field increase and the former Blue Jays prospect and Team Canada infielder is making the most of the opportunity. In a crowded Jays farm system, López was the odd man out after injuries and fellow teammates on field performance jumped him on the depth charts, but he seems to have found a groove on the Marlins that has him playing at the big league level for the foreseeable future.

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