Arizona Diamondbacks Keep Jake Lamb

Jake Lamb
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 27: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Carson Kelly #18 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning at Chase Field on September 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Diamondbacks won 6-3. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks Keep Jake Lamb

The Arizona Diamondbacks, in a surprise move, have decided at this time to keep Jake Lamb as they continue their process of putting together their roster for the 2020 season.

Arbitration Eligible player

Lamb is arbitration eligible and, with a possible big increase in his salary, it was a surprise decision to many that he would return. He has played in only 134 games over the last two seasons due to his injuries, and, with his inability to hit left-handed pitching, many thought it was time for a change.

Forget his Last Two Seasons

Lamb would certainly like to forget his past two seasons and look forward. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, he has hit just .208 with 16 doubles, 2 triples, and 12 home runs with on-base percentage below .350.

Popular Teammate

However, Lamb is a popular teammate both on the field and in the clubhouse due to his work ethic and leadership and that is what this team believes in and has been pushing for the past few years.

What Keeping Jake Lamb Means

Keeping Lamb gives him the opportunity to compete for a bench spot or a part-time starter role next season. The team used him in that capacity in 2019 after his return from the IL and as he was used primarily at third but did see some action at first.

Just what position Lamb will play remains up in the air. The team had moved him from third to first base last spring when Paul Goldschmidt was traded. He platooned with Christian Walker until his injury early in the season.

Could be Difficult for Jake Lamb

It could be difficult for him to find a position. Will he be splitting time filling in at first and third again this year? The team would like to use Kevin Cron as the backup at first and Ildemaro Vargas, Domingo Leyba, and Andy Young will compete for the utility infield spots. All of three of them could play third when Eduardo Escobar needs a day off, and all can play second base.

Lamb is an excellent athlete. Could we see him get a look at second base during Spring Training 2020? He has never played it before in the minor leagues or MLB. He does have great range and good hands for defense, so putting him at second to see if he can make the transition is something for them to consider.

Outlook

There will be a lot of attention paid to him when Spring Training gets underway. He will be given a long look from Torey Lovullo and his coaches wherever they position him. However, if he struggles, the Diamondbacks could release him to allow him to look for a deal with another team.

Many are asking if he is “injury prone.” Regardless of what happens if he stays with the Diamondbacks or ends up on another team, he knows he has to remain healthy.

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Jim Marshall has lived in Phoenix, AZ for 50 years. He is an avid baseball fan, but enjoys all of Arizona's local sports teams, including Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes. In addition to the four major sports, he closely follows the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and Arizona State Sun Devils. Jim's passion for baseball continues beyond the field as he is an avid collector of baseball memorabilia. His favorite athlete of all time is Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew. In addition to watching, reading and talking about sports, he takes time to travel and appreciate the great state of Arizona with his lovely wife, Patti.

3 COMMENTS

  1. As much as I like Jake Lamb, I cannot see him at second base. I am surprised they kept him. I agree with you in your article that he must remain healthy. GO-DBACKS.

  2. Not sure if I like this. Lamb has been hurt and where is he going to play. Walker proved he can handle first. Cron will back him up. Escobar clearly is at third. not many at bats for Lamb.

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