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John Lamb | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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John Lamb was saddled with the loss on Tuesday, giving up three runs in five innings to the Dodgers.
Lamb allowed an RBI double to Yasiel Puig in the first inning and a two-run home run to Justin Turner in the third. They were two of five hits he served up along with three walks and six strikeouts. Major league hitters haven't had too much trouble hitting him in three starts thus far, as Lamb carries a 6.06 ERA, but he does have a 21/5 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings. He'll look for better results when he takes the hill in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Aug 25 - 11:09 PM

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John Lamb allowed three runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Lamb struck out eight and walked none, but three hits in the fifth and three more in the sixth cost him. His last pitch was his 112th of the night, topping his previous season high by six. The Royals were pretty careful with him, given his status as a Tommy John survivor, so it'll be interesting to see how the Reds handle him. He just isn't one to record quick outs, so his pitch counts can climb in a hurry (in his first very start for the Reds organization, he threw 105 pitches in five innings for Louisville).
Aug 20 - 11:15 PM

John Lamb racked up seven strikeouts over six innings in a losing effort against the Dodgers in his big league debut on Friday.

Lamb surrendered five runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. The bulk of the damage came on one swing, as Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth inning. He'll look for better results his next time out when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Aug 15 - 1:14 AM

Reds recalled LHP John Lamb from Triple-A Louisville.

He'll make his major league debut on Friday against the Dodgers. Acquired last month from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade, Lamb has put up a 2.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117/36 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Aug 14 - 8:31 AM

John Lamb will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start for the Reds on Friday against the Dodgers.

It will be the major league debut for the 25-year-old southpaw who came over as part of the Johnny Cueto trade. Lamb sports a 2.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117/36 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season and could be worth a look as a streaming option in deeper mixed leagues for the remainder of the season.
Aug 13 - 6:14 PM

Reds LHP prospect John Lamb allowed just one run and four hits over six innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Louisville.

It was only Lamb's third start for Louisville after being sent over from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade. He's gone 1-1 in that span with 21 strikeouts and seven walks. The left-hander is 10-2 this year with a stellar 2.67 ERA in 20 starts. Opponents have hit just .222 against him since coming over to Louisville on June 26.
Aug 9 - 5:06 PM

Reds acquired LHPs John Lamb, Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed from the Royals in exchange for RHP Johnny Cueto and cash considerations.

Lamb was considered a top-20 prospect a few years ago before falling off the map after struggling post-Tommy John surgery. However, he's had a resurgence this season with a 2.67 ERA and 96/29 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha. Lamb, who turned 25 this month, could get a shot in the Reds' rotation at some point this season.
Jul 26 - 3:12 PM

Royals optioned LHP John Lamb to Triple-A Omaha.

Lamb was only with the club to serve as an extra bullpen arm for Friday's twin-bill against the White Sox. He'll continue to work out of the starting rotation at Triple-A Omaha.
Jul 18 - 8:59 AM

Royals recalled LHP John Lamb from Triple-A Omaha.

He'll serve as the club's 26th man for Friday's doubleheader, giving the Royals a long relief option out of the bullpen. A former top prospect, Lamb has rehabbed his standing in the organization with a nice 2015, having posted a 2.68 ERA and 86/27 K/BB ratio over 86 innings for Omaha.
Jul 17 - 10:27 AM

Royals optioned LHP John Lamb to Triple-A Omaha; re-assigned LHPs Sean Manaea, Scott Alexander and Chris Dwyer, RHPs Miguel Almonte and Christian Binford, Cs Zane Evans and Cam Gallagher to minor league camp.

None of the cuts come as a surprise. A former top prospect, Lamb has stalled in the minors but, at 24, is still plenty young enough to make an impact if he can rediscover his lost velocity.
Mar 13 - 11:30 AM

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.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 11:50:00 AM

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.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 04:42:00 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.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 11:36:00 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

Depth Charts

C1Brayan Peña
2Tucker Barnhart
3Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Brennan Boesch
2Jason Bourgeois
3Ryan LaMarre
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Raisel Iglesias
3David Holmberg
4Keyvius Sampson
5John Lamb
6Jon Moscot
7Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Sam LeCure
8Pedro Villarreal
9Collin Balester
10Sean Marshall
11Nate Adcock