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Hello, my name is: Jake Lamb

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The much-heralded third baseman made his Diamondbacks debut on August 7th and had a very up and down go of things.

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Jake Lamb - 3B

  • DOB: 10/09/1990
  • 2014 Salary: League Minimum
  • 2014 performance: .230 BA, .263 OBP, .373 SLG, .636 OPS, 75 OPS+, 4 HR, 1 3B, 4 2B, 11 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 37 K
  • 2014 value: 0.0 bWAR, 0.0 fWAR.

Lamb made his debut on August 7th, taking over as the team's everyday starting third baseman. Lamb is one of two hot third base prospects the Diamondbacks have been cultivating. He did nothing but rake at obscene levels at both AA-Mobile and AAA-Reno. Despite being with the team for two full months, Lamb did not manage to accrue any WAR under either system, but managed to do just enough to avoid slipping into the negative category. Considered a possible power bat to place in the heart of the order in the future, Lamb's bat did not translate very well in the bigs during his first short stint. His biggest moment of the season came on August 29th against the Rockies. Down by one against Colorado, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with no one out in the eighth inning. After Trumbo and Montero both failed to push anyone across, Jake Lamb launched a grand slam to straight away center field. While Lamb's bat has yet to fully materialize at the big league level, his defense remains solid over at the hot corner. Though Brandon Drury could soon be breathing down Lamb's neck from Reno, the team currently has no other true third basemen, meaning it is likely that Lamb will continue to get an opportunity to prove he belongs.