Jake Lamb
Jake Lamb
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Arizona Diamondbacks
60-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Lamb's second season as an everyday player for the D-backs looks nearly identical to his first one -- he continued to mash against right-handed pitching (.282/.386/.552, 133 wRC+, 20.5 percent K%) only to struggle against lefties (.144/.269/.288, 44 wRC+, 34.6 percent K%). To his credit, Lamb has shown the ability to walk against lefties in each of the last two seasons, and his overall walk rate peaked at 13.7 percent in 2017. As was the case in 2016, Lamb's first-half production (.922 OPS) was significantly better than his second half (.735 OPS), but there is no clear cause behind that trend to this point. Entering his age-27 season, it will be interesting to see if he's given a third year of regular exposure to southpaws, but a strong supporting cast will go a long way toward stabilizing his value even if his overall volume of playing time takes a hit and the new humidor in Chase Field saps his power some. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.28 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Shifted to 60-day DL
3BArizona Diamondbacks
Shoulder
September 3, 2018
Lamb (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday.
ANALYSIS
This is simply bookkeeping, as Lamb has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in August. Lamb is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for Yoan Lopez.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+68%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .572 339 32 9 38 2 .156 .271 .301
Since 2016vs Right .883 1128 172 56 189 11 .270 .359 .524
2018vs Left .493 54 5 0 3 0 .170 .259 .234
2018vs Right .702 184 29 6 28 1 .238 .321 .381
2017vs Left .557 156 14 5 19 2 .144 .269 .288
2017vs Right .938 479 75 25 86 4 .282 .386 .552
2016vs Left .625 129 13 4 16 0 .164 .279 .345
2016vs Right .898 465 68 25 75 6 .271 .346 .552
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .839 734 114 38 131 4 .248 .338 .502
Since 2016Away .784 733 90 27 96 9 .240 .340 .444
2018Home .610 123 21 3 19 0 .206 .293 .318
2018Away .702 115 13 3 12 1 .240 .322 .380
2017Home .839 312 48 16 56 2 .246 .346 .493
2017Away .850 323 41 14 49 4 .250 .368 .481
2016Home .933 299 45 19 56 2 .266 .348 .586
2016Away .746 295 36 10 35 4 .231 .315 .431
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How does Jake Lamb compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). 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.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
27.3%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.126
 
AVG
.222
 
OBP
.307
 
SLG
.348
 
OPS
.655
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Last season was Lamb's coming out party, though it wasn't a consistent one. He came into the year with 10 career home runs in his first 476 MLB at-bats, then proceeded to slug 29 home runs. It could have been an even bigger season, but he cooled after a great start. In his first 76 games, Lamb had 16 home runs, 52 RBI and a .286/.366/.584 line. In his next 75 games, those numbers dropped to 13 home runs, 39 RBI and a .213/.299/.437 line. If he plays near the level of his 2016 first half, he's an elite fantasy contributor. He hasn't shown the ability to hit lefties at all (63 wRC+ against LHP in 2016, 50 wRC+ against LHP for his career), but the new regime has said they plan on treating him as an everyday player, so southpaws may continue to drain his batting average. His second half slump will lower the price considerably, and he still has room for growth entering his age-26 season.
Lamb won the starting third base job out of spring training in 2015 and started the season on fire, collecting 12 hits in his first 29 at-bats. However, he suffered a foot injury on April 18, which put him on the shelf for about two months. It was poor timing for the 24-year-old, who seemed to be finding his groove at the MLB level. Lamb would finish the season hitting .263 across 390 plate appearances, while belting six home runs and driving in 34 runs. He will need to improve against left-handed pitchers to take the next step as a player. Last season, he hit .200 against lefties and for his career he’s hitting just .179, which may put him in danger of falling into a platoon in the long run. Lamb figures to get regular playing time in 2016 nonetheless, and if he continues to make strides at the plate, he could be a sneaky option at third base.
After slashing .318/.399/.551 in 103 games at Double-A Mobile, Lamb earned a promotion to Triple-A, and a week later received another promotion to join the big league club. As a 23-year-old, he was given the opportunity to act as Arizona’s primary third baseman over the final two months of the season. His approach at the plate fell off completely after the promotion, walking at just a 4.5% clip over 133 plate appearances -- a far cry from the 13.6% rate he posted in 743 plate appearances in the minors over the past two seasons. The biggest thing working in Lamb’s favor is the dearth of quality third-base options in Arizona. Yasmani Tomas will get the first crack at the starting job but Lamb will be next in line.
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Surgery goes as planned
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Shoulder
August 17, 2018
Lamb (shoulder) underwent successful surgery Wednesday and should be fully recovered ahead of spring training, the Associated Press reports.
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Surgery slated for Aug. 15
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August 7, 2018
Lamb is scheduled to undergo surgery in Los Angeles on Aug. 15 to repair a fraying rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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To undergo season-ending surgery
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August 2, 2018
Lamb will require surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.
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Diagnosed with fraying in rotator cuff
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Shoulder
July 31, 2018
Lamb was diagnosed Tuesday with fraying in the rotator cuff of his shoulder, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic Arizona reports.
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To seek second opinion on shoulder
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July 30, 2018
Lamb is set to meet with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday for an evaluation of his left shoulder injury, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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