Because of the recent trade activity of the Arizona Diamondbacks, third base had become an issue for the Reno Aces, their Triple A farm club. That was solved when Jake Lamb was promoted from Double A Mobile. Of course, it helps that Lamb has been one of the best players in the Southern League. He was either tied or leading the league in five offensive categories including RBI’s with 79 and OPS at .949.
With the trade of Martin Prado, the D’backs recalled Andy Marte from Reno. The 30-year old Marte played during this weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, his first Major League appearance in four years. Lamb’s promotion makes him the Aces’ only third baseman currently on their roster. However, if his early Triple A production is any indication, this might be only a temporary layover for the 23-year old Lamb. In his first three games covering 11 at-bats, Lamb has seven hits and three runs scored. He has two doubles, one home run and four RBI’s. Reno sits in second place, three games behind the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Northern Division. With or without an Aces’ playoff berth, the Snakes might decide to give Lamb a shot at the big time in September.
There will be an opening at third base for the D’backs come Spring Training. It seems as though Jake Lamb should now be considered the favorite.