John Lamb
John Lamb
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for John Lamb in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Angels in January of 2018.
Outrighted from 40-man roster
PLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
November 1, 2018
Lamb (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Lamb cleared waivers and was removed from the club's 40-man roster. He only managed to pitch in three big-league games this season before going down with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Lamb is expected to miss a majority of the 2019 campaign while recovering.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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2016
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .289 85 16 7 22 3 0 2
Since 2016vs Right .312 283 53 28 77 19 0 16
2018vs Left .375 8 2 0 3 2 0 0
2018vs Right .316 42 9 4 12 4 0 4
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .279 77 14 7 19 1 0 2
2016vs Right .311 241 44 24 65 15 0 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2017
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2016
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.52 1.55 43.0 0 3 0 7.0 3.7 2.0
Since 2016Away 7.75 1.83 35.0 1 5 0 8.8 4.3 2.0
2018Home 8.10 2.10 3.1 0 0 0 10.8 2.7 2.7
2018Away 6.75 1.80 6.2 0 1 0 9.5 4.1 4.1
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 5.31 1.50 40.2 0 3 0 6.6 3.8 2.0
2016Away 7.98 1.84 29.1 1 4 0 8.6 4.3 1.5
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Stat Review
How does John Lamb compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.75
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
3.6
 
Fastball
89.2 mph
 
ERA
7.20
 
WHIP
1.90
 
BABIP
.390
 
GB/FB
1.18
 
Strand %
73.3%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring John Lamb
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
July 1st
Erik Siegrist checks out the available free agents in the American League, where Tim Beckham seems ready to wipe away his rough start to 2018.
The Z Files: AL Rotation Overview
June 29th
Todd Zola shifts back to the American League for a look at each team's rotation situation, where Ervin Santana might finally be closing in on his 2018 debut for the Twins.
FanDuel MLB: Tuesday Value Plays
June 26th
Derek VanRIper recommends using Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts against visiting Los Angeles on Tuesday.
DraftKings MLB: Tuesday Picks
June 26th
Derek VanRiper is locking in M's ace James Paxton on Tuesday in a road contest with the Orioles.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Tuesday Picks
June 26th
Sasha Yodashkin is rolling with M's outfielder Mitch Haniger on Tuesday in Baltimore.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2012
2011
Not much went right for Lamb in 2016, as he took a step back in most meaningful areas in his sophomore season. Known as a high-strikeout and good-control pitcher in the minors, the lefty's K/9 rate fell by three full strikeouts from his 2015 mark, and he posted a 4.0 BB/9 in 2016. He also had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, yielding 14 home runs in just 70 innings before being sent back to the minors. While the 25-year-old was able to regain his control at the Triple-A level, the overall results weren't much better as he still posted a 5.22 ERA and ultimately underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc. After spending two weeks of the offseason on the Rays' roster, Lamb was released and signed on with the Angels in December. He'll likely miss the beginning of the season and may end up spending most of the year in the minors.
Lamb was part of the haul the Reds received in the Johnny Cueto deal. He's a risky prospect given his injury history, but he also has considerable upside. He demonstrated that upside in his big league callup with the Reds, striking out 58 batters in 49.2 innings. The Reds have the luxury of giving him innings to work on his craft, and his ultimate upside is as a 200-strikeout pitcher. Before he gets there the Reds will have to endure significant growing pains in 2016, but he has a good chance to spend most of the season in the starting rotation, assuming he progresses on schedule in his recovery from December back surgery. A rehab stint at Triple-A may be necessary to start the year.
Lamb has been trying to work his fastball velocity back up to the lower-90s range since his 2011 Tommy John surgery, but simply hasn't been quite the same since the procedure. The left-hander did show a few encouraging signs in his 2014 performance, however, as he posted his highest innings total (138.1) and lowest ERA (3.97) since his pre-surgery days. He did have a tough time keeping the ball in the park, giving up 19 homers, and that's likely what kept him from seeing his first career taste of MLB action. If Lamb can continue to improve in his age-24 season, there's a chance he could represent a wild card candidate for an occasional spot start in 2015.
Lamb pitched only 35 innings in 2011 before suffering an elbow injury in June that required Tommy John surgery to correct. Before the setback, he had 22 strikeouts and 13 walks with a 3.09 ERA at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. His rehab should eat up a good chunk of the 2012 season and it's likely that we won't see the real John Lamb back on the mound until 2013. Prior to the surgery, Lamb was arguably the top pitching prospect in the Royals system and would have likely made his MLB debut this season.
Lamb is moving quickly through the Royals' system, earning two promotions to Double-A last season, but still figures to be a year off from helping KC. He's a strikeout pitcher who has shown decent control and sports a 3.54 K:BB ratio.
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Transferred to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
July 27, 2018
Lamb (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday.
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Heading for Tommy John surgery
PLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
June 30, 2018
Lamb (elbow) underwent an MRI on his left elbow that showed a torn ulnar collateral ligatment which will require Tommy John surgery.
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Lands on DL
PLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
June 27, 2018
Lamb was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder and elbow inflammation, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Can't escape second inning in loss
PLos Angeles Angels  
June 27, 2018
Lamb (0-1) allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks across just 1.2 innings while taking the loss Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Lasts only 3.1 innings
PLos Angeles Angels  
June 21, 2018
Lamb allowed three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across 3.1 innings Thursday against the Blue Jays. He did not factor into the decision.
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