Jake Lamb
Jake Lamb
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lamb's season ended on July 26 after he injured his shoulder making a tough catch of a foul pop while running from the shortstop area as he was in a shifted position with Cody Bellinger at the plate. It was the second such time Lamb injured his shoulder making a diving catch, but this one needed surgery to correct. Lamb's season was incredibly disappointing after his big 2017 season, and a barking shoulder was a significant contributing factor. He had four home runs over the first two weeks of June and just two the rest of the time he played. Lamb continues to struggle against lefties and is best left on the bench anytime a southpaw is on the mound. Even the numbers against righties suffered a noticeable drop off. Lamb earned the nickname "Rake" for a reason, and we cannot discount 2016 and 2017 with recency bias. If the shoulder is healthy, the gardening can resume. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.83 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Comes up clutch
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September 27, 2019
Lamb hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's 6-3 win over the Padres.
In the midst of an eighth-inning rally, Lamb came to bat for pitcher Robby Scott. He then deposited the fourth pitch he saw over the fence to put the Diamondbacks ahead, ultimately for good. The third baseman has had few highlights this year; he has six homers, 30 RBI and 26 runs scored while batting .190/.317/.348 in 184 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .612 238 24 8 27 2 .168 .286 .327
Since 2017vs Right .812 861 125 34 139 6 .249 .354 .457
2019vs Left 1.168 28 5 3 5 0 .304 .429 .739
2019vs Right .607 198 21 3 25 1 .177 .308 .299
2018vs Left .493 54 5 0 3 0 .170 .259 .234
2018vs Right .702 184 29 6 28 1 .238 .321 .381
2017vs Left .557 156 14 5 19 2 .144 .269 .288
2017vs Right .938 479 75 25 86 4 .282 .386 .552
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .741 546 81 22 95 2 .223 .322 .419
Since 2017Away .795 553 68 20 71 6 .239 .356 .439
2019Home .615 111 12 3 20 0 .179 .288 .326
2019Away .737 115 14 3 10 1 .207 .357 .380
2018Home .610 123 21 3 19 0 .206 .293 .318
2018Away .702 115 13 3 12 1 .240 .322 .380
2017Home .839 312 48 16 56 2 .246 .346 .493
2017Away .850 323 41 14 49 4 .250 .368 .481
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Stat Review
How does Jake Lamb compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Lamb's second season as an everyday player for the D-backs looks nearly identical to his first one -- he continued to mash against right-handed pitching (.282/.386/.552, 133 wRC+, 20.5 percent K%) only to struggle against lefties (.144/.269/.288, 44 wRC+, 34.6 percent K%). To his credit, Lamb has shown the ability to walk against lefties in each of the last two seasons, and his overall walk rate peaked at 13.7 percent in 2017. As was the case in 2016, Lamb's first-half production (.922 OPS) was significantly better than his second half (.735 OPS), but there is no clear cause behind that trend to this point. Entering his age-27 season, it will be interesting to see if he's given a third year of regular exposure to southpaws, but a strong supporting cast will go a long way toward stabilizing his value even if his overall volume of playing time takes a hit and the new humidor in Chase Field saps his power some.
Last season was Lamb's coming out party, though it wasn't a consistent one. He came into the year with 10 career home runs in his first 476 MLB at-bats, then proceeded to slug 29 home runs. It could have been an even bigger season, but he cooled after a great start. In his first 76 games, Lamb had 16 home runs, 52 RBI and a .286/.366/.584 line. In his next 75 games, those numbers dropped to 13 home runs, 39 RBI and a .213/.299/.437 line. If he plays near the level of his 2016 first half, he's an elite fantasy contributor. He hasn't shown the ability to hit lefties at all (63 wRC+ against LHP in 2016, 50 wRC+ against LHP for his career), but the new regime has said they plan on treating him as an everyday player, so southpaws may continue to drain his batting average. His second half slump will lower the price considerably, and he still has room for growth entering his age-26 season.
Lamb won the starting third base job out of spring training in 2015 and started the season on fire, collecting 12 hits in his first 29 at-bats. However, he suffered a foot injury on April 18, which put him on the shelf for about two months. It was poor timing for the 24-year-old, who seemed to be finding his groove at the MLB level. Lamb would finish the season hitting .263 across 390 plate appearances, while belting six home runs and driving in 34 runs. He will need to improve against left-handed pitchers to take the next step as a player. Last season, he hit .200 against lefties and for his career he’s hitting just .179, which may put him in danger of falling into a platoon in the long run. Lamb figures to get regular playing time in 2016 nonetheless, and if he continues to make strides at the plate, he could be a sneaky option at third base.
After slashing .318/.399/.551 in 103 games at Double-A Mobile, Lamb earned a promotion to Triple-A, and a week later received another promotion to join the big league club. As a 23-year-old, he was given the opportunity to act as Arizona’s primary third baseman over the final two months of the season. His approach at the plate fell off completely after the promotion, walking at just a 4.5% clip over 133 plate appearances -- a far cry from the 13.6% rate he posted in 743 plate appearances in the minors over the past two seasons. The biggest thing working in Lamb’s favor is the dearth of quality third-base options in Arizona. Yasmani Tomas will get the first crack at the starting job but Lamb will be next in line.
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Knocks in four
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September 17, 2019
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBI in Monday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.
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Not finding regular work
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September 15, 2019
Lamb is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
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Sits against right-hander
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September 5, 2019
Lamb was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against San Diego right-hander Chris Paddack.
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Sitting vs. southpaw
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August 31, 2019
Lamb is not in the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
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Retreats to bench
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August 29, 2019
Lamb is not starting Thursday against the Dodgers.
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