Sometimes you have to see it to believe it, and that’s exactly what I had to do. Jake Lamb is easily one of the top 10 prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ organization. Seeing him play shows exactly why he’s touted at the probable third baseman of the future for the team. He’s only 23 years old, giving him plenty of time to develop over the next season or two, so there’s no rush for the team to get him to the big leagues.
What is impressive watching Lamb is the fact that he really doesn’t have a weakness. In his three seasons in the minor leagues, he has yet to hit less than .302. With that, he has good strike zone discipline, walking 104 times to only 199 strikeouts in 814 minor league at bats. Add to all of this the fact that he is young enough to develop even more power than he has now. Granted, he has more power potential than the 33 he has hit in three seasons, but as he grows, the power will grow as well.
On the defensive side of the diamond, he is as solid as anyone who plays third base. He has a solid glove, a good arm along with above average range, which is impressive for a prospect who can swing the bat as well as he can.
The one knock on Lamb, if you want to call it that, is the fact that he doesn’t have the best speed on the base paths. It’s not that he is slow, per se, it’s just that he doesn’t have the speed to steal 10-15 bases in a year. However, he has what it takes to get it done on a regular basis on the base paths.
The most impressive thing about getting to see Lamb play is the fact that his hands are incredibly fast and very quiet at the plate. From 0-0 counts all the way to 0-2, he is as cool as a cucumber and makes contact on a very consistent basis. All of the parts of his game scream that he is destined to be a starter for the Diamondbacks in years to come. However, with Martin Prado as their everyday third baseman, there’s no need to rush him up. If they are patient and he develops properly, the D-Backs have a serious talent on his way to Arizona.