Jake Lamb is the Future of the Diamondbacks


Jake Lamb has the potential to partner with Paul Goldschmidt as a formidable duo for years to come for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lamb was seen as one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks organization before he was called up to the big leagues last year. There’s no doubting that the kid has talent. The 23-year-old lefty had a .321 average, a .406 on-base percentage, and a .553 slugging percentage in his three-year minor league career.

Lamb was called up at the beginning of August, but got off to a slow start. In his first 11 games he hit just .184 in 38 atbats. By the end of the season, Lamb was able to increase his average to .230 with four homers including a game-winning grand slam against the Colorado Rockies.

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This spring Lamb has been solid. So far he’s batted .256 with two homers, a .340 on base percentage and .535 slugging percentage.

With all this you would think that he’s in line to be the outright third baseman to start the season right? Well, the Diamondbacks went out this offseason and signed Cuban infielder Yasmany Tomas to a six-year $68.5 million contract and pledged to give their shiny new toy a chance at third base.

When it comes to fielding the arrow points resoundingly to Lamb. The consensus so far this spring is that Tomas is struggling in the field. Tomas has one thing that Lamb doesn’t quite have… power. That’s the one word that comes to mind when you think of Yasmany.

This spring though Tomas has hit just two homers and hasn’t been impressive on the field to say the least. The Diamondbacks are considering sending him to the minors to work on his weaknesses to begin the season.

As for Lamb his biggest focus needs to be himself. He must learn to work on extending at-bats and if he is able to do that, he’ll be just fine. The Diamondbacks have several areas in which they could use improvement, but inserting Lamb into the starting lineup would be a good solution to start the 2015 campaign.