Troy Lopes background:
In recent weeks I had the pleasure to interview Acushnet Massachusetts’ own, Troy Lopes. Troy, 19, currently a student at Eckard College in St. Petersburg Florida, has been playing baseball since he was young. The current position that he plays is catcher. Following in his brother Ty's footsteps on being a catcher, Troy admired and idolized him growing up. He mentioned that his favorite MLB catcher is J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Troy Lopes career so far:
Troy mentioned it started when he was young playing t-ball and knocking a home run out of the park at a young age. A few seasons later, he was very successful playing little league for Elf's Landscaping and then playing travel ball for Team Mizuno. Next Lopes attended Fairhaven High School where he continued his baseball career. Now he is ready to start his journey at the college level practicing day in and day out getting ready for the season.
Baseball factory attracts young talent across the country to showcase their skills nationally In front of scouts. Lopes has spent time in Pirate city, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility. He has also attended the Yankees complex as part of the program. Troy has established himself all across the United States by attending the showcases.
Troy's Tommy John surgery:
When first hearing about the news he was "heartbroken", and has never known anyone personally that went through it. In September of 2019, Tommy John surgery was done for eighteen-year-old Troy. Lopes told me that he feels "stronger" post-surgery compared to the time before the procedure. It is great news to hear that surgery hasn't slowed him down. Troy told me that Royals catcher Salvador Perez gave him hope to return fully healthy to the diamond.
Heading into 2021:
Troy is playing baseball in the spring of 2021 for Eckard college. He plans on playing and being fully healthy to compete for the starting catching position once the season begins. "Pup" was saying that during practices it has been a lot of difference because players are working with position coaches. There hasn't been any scrimmages or intersquads due to the pandemic. Troy said that his season is set to begin February 5th, 2021 and he will be ready to go.
Cape Cod League a possibility:
Troy would be open to playing in the Cape Cod League next summer. Lopes told me he has caught bullpen for the Wareham Gateman in the past. I definitely could see Troy playing in the Cape with the amount of knowledge and talent he has.