Cincinnati Reds promote Alejo Lopez, DFA Scott Heineman

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Alejo Lopez (98) fields a ground ball off the bat of Miguel Vargas in the sixth inning of the MLB Cactus League Spring Training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The seven inning game ended in a 4-4 tie. Cincinnati Reds At Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training

The Cincinnati Reds called up hot-hitting infielder Alejo Lopez from Triple-A Louisville and designated outfielder Scott Heineman for assignment on Monday.

Lopez, 25, of Mexico, will be making his major league debut. He is batting .360 with 19 doubles, two homers and 27 RBIs in 49 games this season between Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga.

Lopez has walked 24 times and struck out just 18 times, compiling a .437 on-base percentage between those two levels. He has stolen six bases and scored 41 runs.

A second baseman and third baseman in the minors, Lopez was not listed in the starting lineup for Cincinnati’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Heineman, 28, batted .100 (3-for-30) with two home runs and three RBIs in 19 games with the Reds this season.

He played his first two seasons with the Texas Rangers, batting .189 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 49 games in the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

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–Field Level Media