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
  • #22 - Preseason 2019
  • #20 - Midseason 2019

FutureSox Media


  • 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. In those 5 starts at AA he posted a 2.88 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 10.8 K/9 before being shut down with some arm soreness that resulted in him shutting down a little early to protect that arm.

When Lambert started his professional career, he was a sinker-ball 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. The shut-down late in 2018, we are told, was the result of some soreness that is not a long-term concern. But it is probably something to keep an eye on anyway, given he was still well short of his 2017 load.

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

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