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John Lamb | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Royals optioned LHP John Lamb to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Lamb showed diminished velocity in Saturday's Cactus League game, but he reported no physical issues. Still, it's clear something isn't right mechanically. The 23-year-old will try to turn things around in Double-A after a rough 2013 campaign. Mar 10 - 11:50 AM

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John Lamb was sitting between 86-89 mph while getting blasted for four earned runs on four hits and two walks while recording just two outs against the Brewers on Saturday.

"Tough to watch," observed the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough. McCullough reported earlier in the day that the Royals hope Lamb will win a rotation spot at Triple-A Omaha this season. At this point, that is no lock. The 23-year-old southpaw similarly struggled with velocity during an ugly 2013 campaign on the farm in which he was coming off Tommy John surgery.
Mar 8 - 4:42 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals hope John Lamb will work his way into the rotation at Triple-A Omaha for the 2014 season.

The 23-year-old southpaw spent the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, posting a 5.80 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 86/26 K/BB ratio over 108 2/3 innings between High-A Wilmington and Triple-A Omaha. The Royals still like his potential, but he'll have to improve the results in the minor leagues before becoming an option for the big league club.
Mar 8 - 11:36 AM

John Lamb allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in his debut with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

He gave up two walks and had five strikeouts. Lamb was posting just a 5.63 ERA at High-A Wilmington, but the Royals want give him an extended look against a higher level of competition. He averaged 86-88 mph on his fastball and continues to struggle with his velocity in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 11:33:00 AM

The Royals plan to promote pitching prospect John Lamb to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

Lamb, 23, has been at High-A Wilmington for all 19 starts this season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. While his 5.63 ERA isn't much to look at, he did throw seven shutout innings his last time out. There's no word on what his velocity has been up to lately, as that had been a concern for the Royals earlier this season.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 07:22:00 PM

John Lamb has touched 91 mph but has been working in the 86-88 mph range with his fastball this season at High-A Wilmington.

The good news is that Lamb's results are improving, as he was recently named Carolina League pitcher of the week for May 20-26 after working seven scoreless innings in his lone appearance. However, he'll need his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity to return if he wants to be considered a top prospect again.
Tue, May 28, 2013 07:17:00 PM

John Lamb's fastball was clocked in the 87-91 mph range during his last two minor league starts.

While still not what he was throwing before Tommy John surgery, it's a notable jump from what he was registered at during his Cactus League appearances. Lamb was one of the better pitching prospects in the game before surgery but will have to re-establish himself in 2013.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 02:31:00 PM

Royals optioned LHP John Lamb to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Lamb allowed one run in two innings over two appearances during Cactus League action. The 22-year-old was one of the game's top pitching prospects prior to Tommy John surgery in 2011 and he's still trying to get his career back on track.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Baseball America's J.J. Cooper reports that John Lamb (elbow) was sitting in the mid-80s during Sunday's appearance against the Rangers.

Lamb gave up four hits and one run in his inning of work. The lack of velocity is concerning because the left-hander is now 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, and his velocity and results were also disappointing when he returned late last year. Lamb, 22, was able to touch the mid-90s with his heater when he was considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He'll need to show more pep on his fastball in order to regain his prospect status.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP John Lamb from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Lamb is finally recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will look to get his career back on track in 2013. Before the surgery, the 22-year-old lefty ranked among baseball's top pitching prospects.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 04:10:00 PM

The Royals are likely to send pitching prospect John Lamb to Instructional League this fall.

Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Lamb has made two appearances with the club's Arizona League team. The Royals would like him to make "something like 12 starts," according to assistant general manager J.J. Picollo, but with the minor league season ending soon, the Instructional League is an obvious option. The 22-year-old was arguably the team's best pitching prospect before surgery last June.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 12:03:00 PM

The Royals expect John Lamb (elbow) to make his first game appearance in the first week of July.

Lamb is now a year removed from Tommy John surgery. He doesn't figure to log many innings this season, but he still has a very promising future. The southpaw doesn't turn 22 until next month.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 07:27:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect John Lamb (elbow) is throwing from a mound in extended spring training.

Lamb remains on track to pitch in the minors later this summer. One of the team's top prospects, the 21-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last June. He obviously won't be counted on this season, but if his recovery continues to move along well, he could make some noise with the Royals in 2013.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 12:05:00 PM

Royals prospect left-hander John Lamb will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. Lamb, 20, was ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the game by Baseball America coming into the season. The southpaw had a legitimate chance to reach the majors before the end of the season, but now he'll be sidelined until the early part of 2012. Hopefully it's just a speed bump in a still promising career.
Thu, Jun 2, 2011 02:09:00 PM

John Lamb will have his elbow examined by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles Wednesday.

The Royals are obviously hoping that Tommy John surgery isn't in the future for one of their top prospects, but it certainly seems possible. We'll update Lamb's condition once the results of the examination are revealed.
Tue, May 31, 2011 07:04:00 PM

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