Jimmy Lambert

Jimmy Lambert (Clinton Cole/FutureSox)

Jimmy Lambert (Clinton Cole/FutureSox)

Position: RHP
Born: 11/18/1994
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 170
Acquired: 2016 Draft, 5th round, Fresno State University
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #26 Midseason 2018

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2017 Mid-Season All-Star (Kannapolis)
  • Pitcher of the Week, 4/29/2018 (Winston-Salem)
  • Pitcher of the Week, 7/15/2018 (Birmingham)
  • Best Change-up in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)

Scouting Report

The White Sox drafted RHP Jimmy Lambert out of Fresno State University in the 5th round of the 2016 draft and signed him to an under-slot deal. After a largely unsuccessful 2016 pro debut (5.26 ERA), Lambert posted a 3.84 ERA in 2017 between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, but didn't miss enough bats (9.8 H/9 and 6.1 K/9) to warrant much serious prospect consideration. That all changed during the 2018 season as Lambert bulked up in the off-season and completely overhauled his arsenal that saw immediate dividends. Lambert's strikeout totals skyrocketed from 6.1 to 10.3 K/9, hits decreased from 9.8 to 7.2 H/9, all while maintaining his walk rate (2.4 to 2.5 BB/9). He was challenged by the White Sox with a June promotion to Birmingham and his numbers improved across the board, culminating in a dominant 10-strikeout performance on July 14th where he carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning.

When Lambert started his professional career, he was a sinkerball pitcher, working a 88-91 MPH two-seamer with fringe secondary stuff. In Spring Training of 2018, he received some analytic data from the White Sox that inspired him to replace his two-seam fastball with a four-seamer, and start throwing his curveball more often than his slider. These drastic changes, accompanied by an improved developing change-up, elevated Lambert from a middling prospect to a spot on FutureSox's top 30.

Major League Outlook: 4th/5th starter or multi-inning reliever
ETA: 2019-2020

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