• Full name Mario Joseph Loperfido
  • Born 05/11/1999 in Philadelphia, PA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Duke
  • Drafted in the 7th round (208th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2021 (signed for $72,500).
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    Loperfido was draft-eligible in 2020 but went unselected and returned to Duke for his fourth season with the program. He managed his best offensive campaign this spring, with an OPS over 1.000 for the first time and a slash line of .374/.473/.612 with eight home runs and 19 doubles. His showing at the ACC Tournament—where he won MVP honors—raised his stock as well, particularly a 4-for-5 game against Virginia that included a pair of homers and a double. His .473 on-base percentage was good for the fourth-best single-season OBP in Duke history. After bouncing around a number of positions through his first few seasons in Durham, Loperfido settled into an everyday center field role this spring. He’s a solid athlete and above-average runner, but scouts have always wondered if he was the true burner type that would be able to stick in the middle at the next level—particularly with a 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame that could add more weight in the future. Because of that he’s a bit of a tweener outfield profile. He has average raw power from a smooth, lefthanded swing that has had some swing-and-miss issues in the past, though he did cut his strikeout rate to 20% this spring. Some scouts think he could be a utility player who is capable of playing all over the infield and outfield.

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  • Houston Astros optioned OF Joey Loperfido to Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
  • Houston Astros recalled OF Joey Loperfido from Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
  • Houston Astros optioned OF Joey Loperfido to Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
  • Houston Astros selected the contract of OF Joey Loperfido from Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
  • Houston Astros invited non-roster OF Joey Loperfido to spring training.
  • OF Joey Loperfido assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Asheville Tourists.

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