Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #14 – Andrew Lambo

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To recap the countdown so far:

20. Michael De La Cruz, OF
19. JaCoby Jones, OF
18. Barrett Barnes, OF
17. Cody Dickson, LHP
16. Blake Taylor, LHP
15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP

We continue the countdown with the number 14 prospect, Andrew Lambo.

Andrew Lambo could be an option for the Pirates at first base in 2014. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Andrew Lambo could be an option for the Pirates at first base in 2014. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

14. Andrew Lambo, OF

Lambo was once one of the top 50 prospects in the game, but stalled out at the Double-A level with the Dodgers. The Pirates eventually bought low on him, hoping that he would rediscover that former prospect status. Instead he continued to stall in Double-A for a few more years, including missing most of 2012 with hamate surgery. His value dropped so low that he went undrafted in the 2012 Rule 5 draft.

Heading into the 2013 season, Lambo looked different. He was hitting well throughout Spring Training, looking the best he had ever looked with the Pirates. That carried over in a big way to the regular season. He ended up combining for 32 home runs between Altoona and Indianapolis, before arriving in the majors for some brief playing time at the end of the year.

Despite his fallen prospect status, Lambo is still fairly young. His home runs in 2013 can’t be ignored, and should get him a shot in the majors at some point in 2014. The Pirates look to be going with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata in right field to start the season. Lambo could start in Triple-A as a depth option, but might get a shot at right field or first base if an injury occurs. He has primarily been an outfielder, but has been playing first base in Winter ball. Long-term he doesn’t have a spot with the Pirates in the outfield, but if his power carries over to the majors he could be an option at first base.

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  • 12 spring training homeruns and only 2 errors

    Starting firstbaseman on opening day

  • a 10 thousand foot homerun over the river……can we divide that by 400 feet and just get credit for 25 regular ones? If he can do that and hit .250 and not be worse than GI Jones at first, i’ll take it

  • The Masked robshelb
    January 14, 2014 6:00 pm


    My dog answered the telephone. Then he had to run upstairs. But I still wouldn’t have picked up the up-stairs extension if he wasn’t wagging his tail so furiously.

    It was Andrew Lambo on the other end of the line. A very brief conversation. Slambo only had four words to say — “#14, my @SS.”

    He hung up before I could ask him what he was talking about. But then I logged on once again and instantly realized what he was so upset about.

    Just wait until he hits his first HR all the way over the river. Then we’ll see who gets the last laugh.

  • Much of the fanbase last year: “Bring up Lambo! If they dont bring in Lambo, that means they don’t wanna win!”

    The same people this offseason: “Lambo sucks! They didn’t bring in a 1b cuz they don’t wanna win!”

    • CalipariFan506
      January 14, 2014 3:46 pm

      Exactly. I’m not sure if it’s the intense hatred of Nutting or that they feel less than 100 MBL at bats is a fair judge. Either way it’s annoying.

  • I think lack of maturity and injuries held him back. I am looking forward to seeing Lambo get a real shot at 1b.

  • First Base. Bud Abbott.

  • This could be a story of a)being rushed to AA and b)the suspension and c) hamate surgery.

    Subtract 2012 (hamate) and substitute a .280//.350/.450 at high A in 2009 and another 50 games in 2010 and things could have been a lot different.