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First Pitch: What To Do With Andrew Lambo?

First Pitch: What To Do With Andrew Lambo?

Andrew Lambo was the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

One of the most surprising things about the upcoming off-season is how little attention Andrew Lambo has received. In Lambo, the Pirates had a 24-year-old outfielder who combined for 33 home runs between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors in 2013. In his very limited time in the majors he hit for a .703 OPS, spanning 30 at-bats. The Pirates have holes at first base and right field. Lambo has experience at both spots, with most of his experience coming in the outfield.

In previous years, it would have been a guarantee that Lambo would have been seen as a starter for the following season. But will that be the case in 2014?

I think a big reason why Lambo isn't seen as a guaranteed starter next year is because he wasn't a starter this year. The Pirates had plenty of opportunities to call up Lambo to try and solve their problem in right field. They eventually did call him up, although only fo...

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