Remember when Jake Lamb hit 30 big boys and was an All-Star in 2017? Feels like an eternity ago for Lamb, who since then, has failed to have an OPS over .680 for a season, and taking a quick look at his Statcast Batting Statistics right here: ( https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/savant-player/jake-lamb-571875?stats=statcast-r-hitting-mlb ) you’ll see how drastic of a change it has been for a player that once lived on hard contact. The problem with Lamb has been a change in his strikeout rate, which has been steady with his seasons, but not he is not only striking out above league average, but not finding the same level of firm contact. On top of that, his ability to hit the fastball has waivered, as he hit .280 against the pitch in his first three seasons, and now over the last three has hit a combined .200 against it. There is a bright side though, as after Lamb was signed by the A’s after being released by the Diamondbacks, he hit to an .882 OPS in his 13 games with the club, looking more like the player that was a menace on the Diamondbacks for the first three years of his career.
Splitting time at first and third over his career, Lamb has been pretty average at both, having a career 4 DRS at third, and -2 DRS at first. Outs Above Average also rates his about the same, giving him a a 1 OAA in 2020, and -1 in 2019, so you arent going to get much help with his glove, but he isn’t likely going to play himself out of the position defensively.
After a good showing, Lamb likely saved himself from being only offered Minor League deals this offseason, but it is still unknown to many if those 13 games with Oakland were a case of a change in scenery and coaching helping him, or just a random hot streak. Only time will tell.
These are the teams I believe are in contention for Lamb: Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Jake Lamb signs a 1 yr/2.5 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .235/.328/.417 .745 OPS 16 HR 47 RBI