A's sign Jesus Lopez of Nicaragua

By Jason Wojciechowski on July 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Here you can see Jane Lee's report on two A's international signings, including Jesus Lopez, a Nicaraguan shortstop. I don't know anything about the player—if you read the linked article, you'll know exactly what I know.

What I do know is that not many major-league players have been from Nicaragua. Here's the full list on Baseball Reference. The best of them is, of course, Dennis Martinez. He's not a Hall of Famer, but he was a four-time All-Star, he's nicknamed "El Presidente," and he won 245 games in the majors. Other names you might know on the list: JC Ramirez, who recently made his debut out of the bullpen for the Phillies; Vicente Padilla, a very sweaty pitcher who played for Boston last year; Everth Cabrera, current underrated shortstop for the Padres; Marvin Benard, a longtime Giants outfielder who was weirdly good in Tripe Play 95; and Porfi Altamirano, about whom I'm lying.

Martinez racked up 22.7 career (Baseball Prospectus) WARP. Cabrera currently stands at 7.9. This is to say that if Lopez lives up to his potential, he could be the best Nicaraguan ever. Ten average years gets him to Martinez. A few above-average years sprinkled in gets him past that.

Of course, nobody ever lives up to their potential. We're born capable of curing cancer and ending world hunger and we wind up starting baseball blogs and going to law school. Jesus Lopez, despite the name, is probably like the rest of us.

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