Today, the Cincinnati Reds designated a former top twenty prospect in John Lamb. The 26-year-old southpaw starter has been injured for most of his professional career, as he had Tommy John surgery in the minors and having two back surgeries in the past ten months.
Now, the Cincinnati Reds designated him not for the lack of trust in him, but to hopefully sneak him through the waivers and let him recover from these stressful problems.
However, the Tampa Bay Rays should look into this hard throwing lefty, as they did a similar move last year by acquiring right hander Chase Whitley from the Yankees via the waiver line. He might not be a starting option in Tampa, but having a hard throwing lefty in the back of the bullpen is a must need for this team. The Rays miss Jake McGee’s presence back there and Enny Romero has been unpleasant to watch with Xavier Cedeno beening a nice lefty-on-lefty matchup.
By pulling the trigger on this kid, they could land a cheap gem with roster control. He would officially be off team control after the 2021 season.
Finally, Jim Hickey would fix this talented pitcher like he seems to do with others in the past. Lamb needs to work on keeping the ball in the park and controlling his pitches, as he walks a ton of batters.
Note: Lamb’s stats in Cincinnati, 2-12, 6.17 ERA, 24 starts, 119.2 innings of work, 50 walks, 116 strikeouts