The big moves of Christian Lopes

Updated: September 30, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Ben Fawkes

Lack of talent has never been an issue for Edison H.S. (Huntington Beach, Calif.) shortstop Christian Lopes, a five-star Baseball America prospect.

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior began racking up the accolades as early as 12 years old, when he was named the U-13 Player of the Year in 2006 by National Youth Baseball. Since then, the success has never stopped. Lopes hit .408 with 10 home runs en route to winning team MVP honors as a freshman at Valencia HS (Santa Clarita, Calif.). His sophomore year, Lopes was named All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year and Foothill League MVP after dominating the league with a .453 batting average, 15 HRs and 33 RBIs.

Lopes' junior year, his family moved to Huntington Beach, forcing Lopes transfer to Edison. As he describes it, "My mom got a job in Irvine, my dad's always wanted to live by the beach and we heard the school had good academics. Baseball was just icing on the cake."