If the Arizona Diamondbacks do trade Martin Prado, there may not be a short term answer at third base. They could call up veteran Minor Leaguer Andy Marte to handle the position as it seems Eric Chavez is done for the season. However, the D’backs have Jake Lamb at Double A Mobile and with the season he is having, he might be starting at the hot corner come Opening Day.
The 23-year old Lamb is among the leaders in many offensive categories in the Southern League. He is first in RBI’s with 78, first in doubles with 35 and tied for first in hits with 115. He ranks second only behind Cubs’ super prospect Kris Bryant (since promoted) in batting average at .320 and .OPS at .959. Taken in the sixth round by the D’backs in 2012, the lefty swinging Lamb owns a career Minor League slash line of .318/.402/.551 and has hit 14 home runs so far in 2014, his highest single-season total. MLB.com has him ranked as the organization’s sixth-best prospect and believes he handles his position well.
Arizona had success with David Peralta skipping Triple A on the way to making his debut in 2014. We are unsure if Lamb can duplicate that success. The D’backs probably believe he is a part of their future. The question is, will he be part of the present?