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47 John Lamb SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/207 | Birthdate: 7/10/1990 | Birthplace: La Palma, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cincinnati | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 10/3
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Reds rookie SP John Lamb remains winless


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/30/2015) John Lamb had the best start of his brief MLB career, but it wasn't enough to put a "1" in the win column as the Reds rookie lost to the Brewers on Sunday. 

Lamb went six innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight and walking noe. But a two-run homer to Ryan Braun in the first inning would prove to be his biggest mistake. 

Lamb (0-3) has seen his ERA drop in his four MLB starts from 7.50 to 5.24, suggesting he is growing more comfortable as a starter at the highest level. 


Reds SP John Lamb takes loss against Dodgers on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Reds rookie starter John Lamb was decent in his outing against the Dodgers on Tuesday. The young left-hander allowed three runs on five hits over five innings of work. He walked three and struck out six, throwing 68 of his 108 pitches for strikes. The Reds were defeated 5-1.

Lamb (0-2, 6.06 ERA) gave up a run in the first inning. But the big blast came in the third, when Justin Turner touched him for a two-run home run. Overall, Lamb did a good job of keeping the Reds in the game, but they were unable to capitalize on their chances in this one.


Reds, John Lamb unable to make early lead stand up in loss Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/20/2015) Making his second career start, Reds left-hander John Lamb was decent against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Going up against the league's top offense, Lamb allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

Given an early 4-0 lead, Lamb cruised through the first four innings, blanking the D-Backs on the way. But he got in to trouble in the fifth when he allowed two runs, including a Chris Owings solo home run. He allowed another run to score in the sixth before being lifted from the game.

The Reds' bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead, as the Diamondbacks rallied for the 5-4 victory, leaving Lamb with a no-decision. 

Lamb has now allowed eight runs over 11 1/3 innings over his first two starts. He does own a 15:2 K:BB ratio, however.


Reds' John Lamb takes loss in MLB debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) Reds pitcher John Lamb made his MLB debut against the Dodgers on Friday. 

Lamb took a loss, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked two, struck out seven and surrendered a home run. 

"I attacked it with Brayan [Pena, the catcher] and I just happened to get beat there. It is what it is," Lamb said, per MLB.com. "I know I made a few other mistakes there, but generally I just went out there and told myself I was going to leave it all out there on the field and attack and challenge him. I thought I did a pretty good job of that, but obviously that home run hurt the overall outing."

Reds manager Bryan Price liked what he saw from the young left-hander, who is from nearby Laguna Hills.

"I thought he was extremely composed," Price said. "It's a difficult environment in which to pitch in for a debut back here at home in Dodger Stadium. I thought he handled it really well."


Reds' John Lamb expected to start, make MLB debut on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/13/2015) The Reds will call up rookie John Lamb to start Friday's game against the Dodgers, the team announced on Thursday. No official roster move has been made as of yet.

Lamb, who will be making his Major League debut, was acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto deal last month. Pitching between the Royals' and Reds' Triple-A teams this year, Lamb is 10-2 with a 2.67 ERA. He owns a 117:36 K:BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings of work (20 starts).

Lamb was a fifth-round draft pick by the Royals in 2008. He is a former No. 1 prospect, but he had Tommy John surgery in 2011. But he has looked good so far in 2015.

"He’s just getting back on top of his game again for the first time this year as far as maintaining the quality of his velocity and his pitch quality and has become the type of pitcher that will regain the form he had in 2010," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "We’re very excited. We’re getting a kid with his best years ahead of him. Really going to take a hard look at him as a piece in the rotation going forward."

David Holmberg will be moved to Saturday's start, while Anthony DeSclafani will go on Sunday.


Reds acquire pitchers Finnegan, Lamb and Reed in trade


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) The Reds acquired three left-handed pitchers in return for moving ace Johnny Cueto to the Royals on Sunday, the team announced.

Cincinnati received Brandon Finnegan , John Lamb and Cody Reed as part of the package to move Cueto, who will be a free agent after this season.

Finnegan and Lamb will head to Triple-A Louisville, and Cody Reed will be sent to Double-A Pensacola.

Finnegan was 3-0 with an impressive 2.96 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings with the Royals this season. Lamb pitched his way to a 9-1 record for the Royals' Triple-A team this season, while posting a 2.67 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings. Reed, a second-round pick back in 2013, sported a 3.45 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season. 


Royals option pitcher John Lamb back to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) The Royals sent left-hander John Lamb back to Triple-A Omaha following the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Lamb was brought up prior to the game as the 26th man, but he did not get into the contest. 

Royals recall John Lamb for Friday's doubleheader


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Royals recalled pitcher John Lamb for Friday's doubleheader at the Chicago White Sox, the team announced.

Lamb will be the 26th man for the two games, so no further move is necessary. Lamb has never pitched in the big leagues. He is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA at Triple-A this season.


Royals pondering calling up John Lamb for doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) Royals starting pitcher prospect John Lamb was held out of the Triple-A All-Star game because Kansas City is considering using him as the 26th man during Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox, general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday.

Lamb, the former top-100 prospect, is having a monster year at Triple-A Omaha. He is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA through 15 starts. He has 86 strikeouts in 84 innings.


John Lamb could be option for Royals rotation in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Royals starting pitcher prospect John Lamb is on the team's radar for a potential promotion to the majors, if the big-league rotation needs an arm this summer, according to The Kansas City Star.

“If we needed somebody to go up, and there was an opportunity, I don’t think any of us would hesitate to make that recommendation,” assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said.

The former top-100 prospect is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA through eight starts for Triple-A Omaha. After struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2011, the left-hander is beginning to round into form again.

“His changeup is looking more like the changeup he had prior to surgery, with good arm speed and deception,” Picollo said. “And the curveball’s got better shape. So there’s a lot of things pointing in the right direction. And he’s doing a much better job being aware of the running game as well.”


Royals option Lamb, assign Manaea, Almonte to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Royals announced Friday starting pitcher John Lamb was optioned to minor-league camp.

They also reassigned starting pitcher Scott Alexander, pitcher Miguel Almonte, starting pitcher Christian Binford, pitcher Chris Dwyer, catcher Zane Evans, catcher Cam Gallagher and starting pitcher Sean Manaea to minor-league camp, per The Kansas City Star.

Manaea and Almonte are among the team's top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America.


Royals roster moves include sending Kyle Zimmer to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Royals announced several roster moves Monday, which included sending top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer to minor-league camp. Jason AdamAaron BrooksSugar Ray MarimonJuan GraterolBrandon LairdJorge BonifacioGorkys HernandezMelky Mesa  and Paulo Orlando were also reassigned to minor-league camp.

The Royals also optioned Chris Dwyer to Triple-A Omaha, while optioning John Lamb, Cheslor Cuthbert and Lane Adams to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.


John Lamb bumped up to Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) The Royals plan to promote pitcher John Lamb from Class A Wilmington to Triple-A Omaha, the Kansas City Star reports Monday. The 23-year-old has been pitching well of late and has made 19 starts at Wilmington.

In his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, Lamb has a 5.63 ERA at Wilmington but was coming off seven shutout innings his last time out.  


Can John Lamb regain his pre-surgery form?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2013) Royals pitching prospect John Lamb, who is getting further removed from Tommy John surgery in 2011, has started the season 1-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through three starts for Class A Wilmington.

In this week's Down on the Farm column, I highlight Lamb as a player who might be reappearing on long-term keeper radars, if he can regain his pre-surgery form. In 2011, Lamb was ranked by Baseball America as a top 20 prospect (No. 18).


John Lamb getting up to speed


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2013) Receiving additional work in the team's minor-league camp, Royals pitcher John Lamb has regained the velocity on his fastball after some slight concern earlier this spring, the Kansas City Star reports. Lamb has touched 87-91 mph in his past two starts, deemed an improvement after he allowed five hits in two innings during Cactus League play. The left-hander was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas earlier this month.

Lamb put on chopping block


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2013) The Royals announced Tuesday they optioned pitchers Chris Dwyer and Justin Marks to Triple-A Omaha. The team also optioned pitcher John Lamb to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Lamb eager to get to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2013) MLB.com reports Royals pitching prospect John Lamb is ready to resume his career after missing most of the 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and a foot injury. "From what I've heard, [there are] no restrictions on me," Lamb said. "I don't know how much they're trying to throw me out here in the spring, but I'm just going out to compete and stay healthy. Obviously, my goal is Kansas City, sooner than later, but I can't rush the process. It's all on them, so I'm just trusting it and whenever I'm there, I'm there."