‘Topes Place Ledezma on Bereavement List, Receive LHP Derrick Loop
After tossing a scoreless inning against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday, relief pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma has been placed on the Bereavement List to attend to a death in the family. The ‘Topes can keep Ledezma inactive for three to seven days, and in return, have received left-handed pitcher, Derrick Loop, from Extended Spring Training.
Loop, 28, was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. During his tenure, the lefty has appeared in minor league games for Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia’s organizations, before signing with the Dodgers on Jan. 5, 2012. Loop has collected a 30-16 record with a 2.65 ERA and 372 strikeouts to 182 walks in 408 innings of work.
On the mound, Loop is more prominently known for his deceptive pickoff moves. The southpaw consistently keeps batters in check, but tends to focus on opponents on the bases rather than at the plate.
“My motto has been pitch home while throwing to first base,” Loop told Baseball Prospectus. “I give the illusion of throwing the ball home while gaining ground to first base. I would often lose focus on a hitter, trying too hard to pick the runner off of first base, but I’ve gotten better at it.”
Loop will arrive in Omaha early this afternoon to dress with the ‘Topes as they take on the Storm Chasers at 1:05 PM.