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Snake Pit Appraisals: Jake :Lamb

How did the Snake Pit grade Jake Lamb's 2014 MLB season?

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Strengths:

"I saw a power hitter with great offensive potential. I would make his development a priority because he was rushed to the major leagues..." (Makakilo)

"Had some growing pains, but adapted well and finished season strong."(Clefo)

"Defensively, he's as solid at the hot corner as anyone else the Diamondbacks have." (James Attwood)

Weaknesses:

"Needs to get the OBP up like when he was in the minors though." (JoeCB1991)

"The big hit on him is his strikeout rate." (James Attwood)

Towards 2015:

"Minor league filler" (GuruB)

"Showed enough to get every opportunity in 2015. Hope he leans on Goldie for some lessons on what it takes to adjust to MLB pitching." (TucsonTim)

"Lamb's minor league numbers are too good not to translate to eventual big league success. Like the solid glove. Looking forward to seeing what he can do over a full season at the highest level." (desertice)

"Optimistic about him next season. I just hope they let him play almost every day so he can develop." (JoeCB1991)

Comment of the thread:

I had to use my own judgment here on this one since the recs weren't really coming in for any of the comments in the thread.

"Even Joe Panik underwhelmed his first two months at the MLB level. It's way too early to give the Roman Colosseum thumbs-up or thumbs-down." (Alfred E. Neuman)

The tally:

  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 8%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 33%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 45%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 14%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 2%

The Scoreboard

  1. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151 votes)
  2. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  3. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
  4. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  5. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  6. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  7. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115 votes)
  8. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  9. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  10. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  11. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  12. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  13. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  14. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

Overwhelmingly, the votes started from the middle and leaned positive. The consensus seems to be that Lamb has the glove to play third base, but that he was rushed to the MLB level so fast that it is too tough to fairly grade his bat. However, his gaudy numbers in the minors seem to give most people hope.