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Capsule 6: 12/17
This week features a slugging first baseman/outfielder, Andrew Lambo, who will enter Spring Training battling for a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster.
1B/RF — Andrew Lambo
As the Pittsburgh Pirates weigh their options at first base and right field, a player that continues to resurface in rumors is 2013 Indians slugger Andrew Lambo. The power-hitting prospect has seen action at both positions with Lara of the Venezuelan League this winter, where he has produced a .200 batting average (13-for-65) with five doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 19 games. His menial clip at the plate is somewhat misleading however, as after hitting just .185 through the first nine contests, Lambo has since rebounded to go 9-for-32 (.281) with three of his five doubles and nine of his 14 total RBI in his last 10 games leading up to the most weekend of action. Lambo has also drawn interest from the big league club by notching a .333 mark (8-for-24) against opposing southpaw pitchers.
Lambo began to appear on Pittsburgh’s radar after an incredible 2013 regular season which featured an International-League leading 17 homers and 37 RBI in his first 54 games with the Tribe. His strong showing in Indianapolis capped off an impressive season for the Pirates 2013 Minor League Player of the Year, with the lefty slugger finishing the year ranked first among all Pirates farmhands in both home runs (32) and RBI (99). Lambo was also tabbed the IL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period of June 24-30 after he batted .500 (9-for-18) with three homers and a 1.056 slugging percentage during the seven-game span.
The standout prospect’s numbers led to his eventual Major League debut on Aug. 13, and just two days later, he collected first MLB hit with a double off Lance Lynn at St. Louis. Although Lambo saw only limited action with Buccos, he still managed to produce his first multi-hit game at the Major League level on Aug. 27 vs. Milwaukee (2-for-4) and knock his first MLB homer on Sept. 28 at Cincinnati. He was recalled for the remainder of the 2013 regular season on Aug. 24 and hit safely in each of his final two games from Sept. 28-29.