Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Sleeper Pitchers- John Lamb

John Lamb, LHP.  7/10/1990.  6'3", 195 lbs.

AAA(Royals):  9-1, 2.67, 94.1 IP, 9.16 K/9, 2.77 BB/9.
AAA(Reds):  1-1, 2.65, 17 IP, 11.12 K/9, 3.71 BB/9.
MLB(Reds):  1-5, 5.80, 49.2 IP, 10.51 K/9, 3.44 BB/9, FIP= 4.16, xFIP= 3.73.

A good place to look for sleeper fantasy baseball players is on rebuilding teams because that is where guys who might not be at the top of most prospect lists get a chance to play.  Lamb came to the Reds in the Johnny Cueto trade and was part of their all-rookie rotation at the end of the 2015 season.  Although he got knocked around and ended up with an ugly looking ERA, his peripheral numbers were much better.  He may not be a great fit in Cincinnati because he is a flyball pitcher in a home park that does not exactly suppress the long ball.  I probably would not draft him out of the gate, but would definitely watch him closely as the 2016 season progresses.

1 comment:

  1. My kids actually went to high school with Lamb and I had always hoped the Giants took a chance on him as I think he would play well in our park. He was a pretty good hitter too and would have gone higher in the draft but broke his elbow in a car accident that cost him a few spots. He was sailing along too before he had to have TJ. He's not a sure thing but has some upside if he can put it together.

    Another kid that went to the same high school and graduated a couple of years later is Refschynder from the Yankees farm system. He's another guy that I think would do well for the Giants and while he is having some issues defensively at second base for them and they are not sure where to play him, IMO he would be a great pick up for us in left field. High character guy too with an interesting story. I think both guys have potential to be impact guys in the MLB.