Jake Lamb
Jake Lamb
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Since Lamb posted identically productive seasons in 2016-2017, it's been all downhill as he followed with a pair of disappointing campaigns. Injuries played a part, though last year Lamb's offensive woes cost him significant playing time down the stretch. He opened 2019 on the strong side of a platoon before being placed on the IL with a Grade 2 left quad strain April 5. When Lamb returned June 26, he saw action at both corner infield spots but never found a groove. His playing time dwindled down the stretch, often sitting with a righty on the hill. Curiously, Lamb's underlying metrics from the past two seasons aren't significantly different from the pair before that. His contact and hard-hit rates are consistent over his last four campaigns, boding well for a rebound. Lamb is strictly a late flier, but there's pathways to playing time at first and third base with a strong spring. Read Past Outlooks
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Oakland resurgence continues
3BOakland Athletics
September 17, 2020
Lamb, who was originally out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over Colorado.
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The apparently rejuvenated slugger continued to look like a completely different player than the one whose 5-for-43 line earlier in the season led to his release from the Diamondbacks. Lamb is now 5-for-12 with a home run, two RBI, a walk and three runs in three games with the Athletics, with his caliber of performance especially timely in the wake of Matt Chapman's season-ending hip injury.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+92%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .716 84 10 3 8 0 .211 .321 .394
Since 2018vs Right .641 438 55 10 55 2 .201 .308 .332
2020vs Left .500 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
2020vs Right .554 56 5 1 2 0 .163 .268 .286
2019vs Left 1.168 28 5 3 5 0 .304 .429 .739
2019vs Right .607 198 21 3 25 1 .177 .308 .299
2018vs Left .493 54 5 0 3 0 .170 .259 .234
2018vs Right .702 184 29 6 28 1 .238 .321 .381
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .601 251 33 6 40 0 .190 .291 .310
Since 2018Away .701 271 32 7 23 2 .215 .328 .373
2020Home .437 17 0 0 1 0 .143 .294 .143
2020Away .602 41 5 1 1 0 .167 .268 .333
2019Home .615 111 12 3 20 0 .179 .288 .326
2019Away .737 115 14 3 10 1 .207 .357 .380
2018Home .610 123 21 3 19 0 .206 .293 .318
2018Away .702 115 13 3 12 1 .240 .322 .380
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
10.6%
 
K Rate
30.3%
 
BABIP
.270
 
ISO
.103
 
AVG
.190
 
OBP
.288
 
SLG
.293
 
OPS
.581
 
wOBA
.259
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.6%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lamb's season ended on July 26 after he injured his shoulder making a tough catch of a foul pop while running from the shortstop area as he was in a shifted position with Cody Bellinger at the plate. It was the second such time Lamb injured his shoulder making a diving catch, but this one needed surgery to correct. Lamb's season was incredibly disappointing after his big 2017 season, and a barking shoulder was a significant contributing factor. He had four home runs over the first two weeks of June and just two the rest of the time he played. Lamb continues to struggle against lefties and is best left on the bench anytime a southpaw is on the mound. Even the numbers against righties suffered a noticeable drop off. Lamb earned the nickname "Rake" for a reason, and we cannot discount 2016 and 2017 with recency bias. If the shoulder is healthy, the gardening can resume.
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.
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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Retreats to bench
3BOakland Athletics
September 16, 2020
Lamb is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
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Launches homer in team debut
3BOakland Athletics
September 15, 2020
Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored during a 9-0 win over the Mariners in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.
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Making debut at DH
3BOakland Athletics
September 14, 2020
Lamb will serve as the designated hitter for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Joins Oakland roster
3BOakland Athletics
September 14, 2020
The Athletics officially announced Lamb's signing Monday and added him to the 28-man active roster ahead of their doubleheader with the Mariners, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Set to join Oakland
3BArizona Diamondbacks
September 12, 2020
Lamb is expected to sign a contract with the A's once he officially clears release waivers, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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