Walter on Lopez
"Los returns as our most consistent hitter from a year ago. He has plus power to all fields and a great feel for hitting. Right now he is the toughest out on the team. We are expecting a very big year from him."
2012 (Senior) Started all 57 games for Wake Forest, transitioning from third base to first base due to an injury to Matt Conway ... Was drafted in the 12th Round with the 384th overall pick by the Washington Nationals in the MLB Draft ... Led the team in batting average (.294) and doubles (17), while finishing second on the team with 10 home runs, 51 RBIs, a .527 slugging percentage and a 59 hits ... Was second on the team with 17 multi-hit games and second on the team with 12 multi-RBI games ... Put together the second-longest hitting streak on the season at 10 games from Mar. 24 - Apr. 11 ... Hit .333 during the hitting streak ... Went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base against Marshall (3/3) ... In the very next game vs. Eastern Michigan, went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and a season-high six RBIs ... Went 1-for-2 with a homer and four RBIs vs. NJIT on Mar. 14 ... Ended his career by hitting safely in his final four games and eight of his last nine ... Went 3-for-8 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored in the ACC Tournament.
2011 (Junior) Started 51 games for the Demon Deacons, primarily at third base ... Started 11 games at the end of the year as the Deacs' DH due to a shoulder injury ... Provided much power for the Demon Deacons, leading the team with a .528 slugging percentage ... Finished second on the team with a .270 batting average and 11 home runs ... Was also near the top of the team in hits (48), doubles (11), triples (1), RBIs (34) and total bases (94) ... His eight home runs in ACC games were second-most in the league ... Also ranked second in ACC games with a .630 slugging percentage and tied for sixth in conference games with 63 total bases ... Had several monstrous games at the plate, including 13 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games ... Had six games with three hits and had three games with at least four RBIs ... Also had three multi-home run games on the year ... Went 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored at Elon on April 26 ... Also blasted a pair of home runs and recorded 10 total bases against both North Carolina on March 12 and against Georgia Tech on April 17 ... Went 3-for-4 in the game against UNC with four RBIs, a double and three runs scored, as well ... Had a season-high six game hitting streak from March 25 to April 2 ... Recorded one hit in each of the three games at Florida State, collecting four RBIs as well in the series ... Finished the season with 30 career home runs, just seven away from cracking Wake Forest's Top 10 list in the category ... Played a big role in several victories, as the Deacs went 20-10 when he recorded at least one hit and 10-3 when he recorded multiple hits.
Finished the year with a .229 batting average, seven homers and 22 RBIs in 43 games played ... Hit a game-tying, three-run home run against Dayton (2.21) ... Went 3-for-9 at the plate in series against Kent State, with two runs scored ... Batted .429 (3-for-7) in series against Xavier with a pair of doubles and an RBI ... Recorded second home run of the season in second game of series at Georgia Tech (3.13) ... Enjoyed a career day in second game of series at Virginia Tech, going 4-for-4 with third home run of the season ... Went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored against Elon (3.31) ... Hit .500 (4-for-8) in series at Miami, including a 3-for-4 performance with a home run and three RBIs in middle game of the series ... Homered for the fifth time on the season and scored three runs in middle game of series against Duke (4.24) ... Went 4-for-12 in series against Clemson with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored ... Hit seventh home run of the season against Appalachian State (5.18).
Hit .268 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs during freshman season ... Led the team in homers and slugging percentage (.562) ... Ranks sixth in school history for home runs by a freshman ... Hit .438 with two home runs and five RBIs during first weekend of the season ... Homered on the first pitch he saw of his college career against Akron (2.20) ... Hit the game-tying home run in comeback victory against the Zips (2.21) ... Had two hits and scored a run in extra-inning win over Marshall (2.22) ... Hit two home runs and had three RBIs in loss at UNC Wilmington (3.4) ... Hit a pair of home runs during series against Virginia (3.6-8) and hit .500 (4-for-8) during the three-game set ... Hit seventh home run of the season at Winthrop (3.10), going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored ... Drew a career-high three walks against Elon (3.11) ... Had four hits, including two doubles, in three-game series at Clemson (3.13-15) ... Hit first triple of career and went 1-for-3 with a run scored against High Point (3.18) ... Belted eighth home run of the season in series opener against NC State (3.20) ... Hit ninth home run of the season and scored two runs against Charlotte (3.31) ... Had one hit in each game of the series against Virginia Tech (4.3-5), including driving in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th inning of the Saturday game of the series ... Recorded 10th round-tripper of the season and drove in a career-high six runs against Coastal Carolina (4.8) ... Notched second multi-homer game of the season against Maryland (5.9), tying a career high with six RBIs and scoring a career-high three runs.
Served as team captain at Atlantic High School ... Honored as a member of the 2008 Louisville Slugger TPX Honorable Mention All-American Team ... Led Palm Beach County 6A schools in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2008 ... Named to the Palm Beach County All-Conference Team three times ... Named All-County by the Palm Beach Post in 2006 and 2007 ... Two-time member of the Boca Raton News All-Conference Team ... Played in 2008 Dick Howser Palm Beach County All-Star game ... Member of a little league team that was a four-time finalist in the Florida State championship ... Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
Born on January 18, 1990 ... Son of Mike and Rosie Lopez ... Pursuing a degree in health and exercise science ... Father played football at Brown University and brother, Mike, is currently a catcher for the Cornell University baseball team.