Not to be outdone by the amount of young shortstops in the system of the Arizona Diamondbacks, third base has a couple of interesting prospects of their own. One of them is Jake Lamb, who came into focus for many fans after his stellar work in the Arizona Fall League. He entered 2013 as the D’backs’ #18 prospect and has since moved up to number 9.
The lefty-swinging Lamb was taken by the D’backs in the 6th round of the 2012 draft after three fine seasons at the University of Washington. As a junior, he led the Huskies in games, walks, doubles, RBI’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage. For this, he was named a PAC-12 Honorable Mention. He started his professional career at Missoula of the Pioneer League picking up right where left off at UW. Lamb hit nine home runs and drove in 57 with a slash line of .329/.390/.539. He then spent almost the entire 2013 season at High Class A Visalia. He helped lead the Rawhide to the playoffs by smacking 13 homers and driving in 47 runs with a line of .303/.424/.558. Although his glove needs to catch up to his bat, he still sported a decent .910 fielding percentage at the hot corner.
As our own Joe Jacquez wrote, Lamb will be invited to Spring Training next month. With Matt Davidson no longer above him, Lamb ascends to the top spot at third in the Minor League system. With Martin Prado signed for another three seasons, third base will be locked down for the foreseeable future. However, as long as he keeps hitting, there will a spot for Lamb on the 25 man roster soon enough.