Comments on: First Pitch: It’s Not Time to Free Andrew Lambo…Yet http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30303 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:57:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30303 No matter what is said about Lambo, the underlying non stat is still the most important part of this discussion.
All players mature, I know there is no stat for that, but he could be much more mature than he was 2 years ago, I don’t know, Mercer certainly did make a big jump in maturity in one year.
How lucky is he hitting? I saw him in Florida, but players change a lot when it counts. Are his hits legit?
Another item about him is that he hit well at Altoona, something that is not always easy to do and he is hitting well at Indy where the fences are a long way off, Indy is a big ballpark.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30293 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:30:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30293 You’re also forgetting Jeff Locke and Starling Marte.

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By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30290 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:58:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30290 Just do NOT play him at 1st base,please !

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By: JayhawkDuke http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30289 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:51:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30289 He was #49 on BA’s top-100 prior to the 2009 season and #3 on Fangraph’s top-10 Dodgers prospects prior to 2010 (and I found it interesting when reading back that he actually had better splits against LHPs prior to the 2010 season). That IS a long time in prospect terms, but he had a pretty bad run of injuries the last few years.

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By: JayhawkDuke http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30288 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:47:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30288 Gregory Polanco is obviously the long-term answer in the outfield. I just feel Lambo has more value than Tim indicates above. If Polanco wasn’t in the back of everybody’s mind, I think Lambo’s “breakout” season would be viewed a lot differently. He’s played some first base in his career, and if Jones continues his recent struggles, Lambo could provide some value to the major league club.

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By: maguro http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30287 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:07:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30287 Lambo hasn’t been a top prospect since 2008, which is really long time in prospect terms.

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By: Cato the Elder http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30286 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:02:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30286 2 words: Gregory Polanco.

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By: BuccosFanStuckinMD http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30285 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:50:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30285 I would like to see the Pirates give Lambo a shot and see if they have something in him or not. You cannot compare players, strictly on comparing their numbers – these guys are not robots. You cannot account for the human element by comparing all of these various metrics – you cannot factor in things like self confidence, maturity, etc.

It seems to me, besides his injuries, Lambo has grown up a lot this year – and it shows in his performance to date. I don’t know if he can excel at the MLB level, but I would like to see the Pirates give him that shot – before making a trade, trading him, etc. I’m rooting for this kid (I am 53 – so, I can call a 24 year old a kid!).

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By: stickyweb http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30283 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:39:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30283 MJinTN, Good research on those AAA numbers. But over 90% of Sniders AAA numbers were in Las Vegas so you can either discount them drastically or throw them out completely. And saying Lambo’s AAA numbers at 22 or as important as his current AAA numbers at 24 seems wrong.

That said, I strongly agree with your superstitious/don’t fix it if it ain’t broken argument. Tabby’s coming back, so use him against all LHP (I know he’s not great there, but he’ll be better than Snider) and maybe Snider’s numbers perk up only facing righties. Or Tabby gets hot and you play him against everybody for a while. Either way, no need to make a move now. There’ll always be Morse/Rios/Willingham/Byrd/other RH RFs to get before the deadline if you need to.

Also, can we stop saying Lambo’s played parts of 6 seasons in AA. While technically correct, one of those partial seasons was 8 games and another was 26. The 1100 ABs works out to about 2 1/2 seasons, still a lot of time at one level, but with the injuries and time at different levels mixed in, not ridiculous. And he’s still age appropriate for AAA (actually youngest position player on the roster, but that probably says more about everyone else than him).

And lastly, the difference between “targeting” Jones instead of Snider seems pretty obvious; Jones has actually contributed something to this team for the last few years. Snider still has potential to contribute (and I actually like him and loved the deal…BTW where are the guys that cried about losing Lincoln just a year ago) but until he does, he’s fair game.

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By: gwbicster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-its-not-time-to-free-andrew-lambo-yet.html#comment-30280 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:55:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58727#comment-30280 I think Tabby is still a few days away from completing his rehab. They will need someone for a few days. It will probably be Harrison, but I wish it was Lambo.

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