Scouting Peter Lambert, RHP, Asheville

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Peter Lambert, courtesy of milb.com

Hey guys I got my 2nd look at Asheville right hander Peter Lambert last night, as the Tourists (Rockies) took on the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals).

Lambert, just turned 19 last week, he’s listed 6’2″ 185 lbs (probably 5-10 lbs heavier than that, there is some projection here but he looks pretty filled out.  He looks to be in very good shape.)  he bats and throws right.  He was drafted by the Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft out of high school in San Dimas, Ca (Los Angeles area).

He stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber, he has a simple repeatable delivery and remains balanced throughout.  A fast worker Lambert utilizes a high 3/4 release point and gets very good plane on his pitches.  He’s athletic with a fast arm and quick feet and displayed a very good pick off move catching Victor Robles napping last night.

The 4 seamer was 88-92 touched 93 a few times,  sitting 90-91 most of the night.  The pitch is fairly straight and he commanded the pitch very well most of time there were a few left up and they were barreled. 50 pitch

The 2 seamer sat 90-92 with sink and arm side run. About 30% of his fastballs were 2 seamers and the opposing hitters weren’t able to do much with them.  He commanded the pitch well hitting inside corner at the knees or missing in. 55 pitch

The Change sat 81-84 and threw a few at 86, he matched the arm speed of the fastball very well, not a ton of movement but there was some sink and a little fade. There’s not much of a separation between the fastball and change about 6-8 MPH.  He commanded the pitch very well all night throwing the pitch low and in and low and away to both lefties and righties.  You can tell he has a lot of confidence in the pitch. 50 pitch, played 55 because he commands it so well.

The slider sat 81-83, there was a nice tight spin, good bite and a late sharp break.  He commanded the slider well either burying the pitch or throwing it for a strike on the outer 3rd vs righties.  It is an out pitch. 60

Lambert also throws a curve ball he only threw one last night and he didn’t get on top of it.  It missed in on the right hand batter at 69 MPH.  So this pitch I’ll have to update at a later date.

Lambert’s a bull dog on the mound he comes right at hitters he was mostly fastball, change 1st time through the order.  Mixing in a lot more sliders as the night went along.  The 2 seam and the change are ground ball generators.

Lambert is also tough, he was hit with a comebacker last night taking a line drive off of his leg.  The ball bounced off of Lambert to Ryan Mundell the Tourists 1st baseman he tagged the base for the 3rd out in the inning.  Lambert hobbled to the dugout, the Tourists got a pitcher up warming immediately as you might expect and I was on Twitter saying Lambert is done for the night and I hope he’s not hurt too badly.  He came running out of the dugout at the start of the 4th and pitched two more innings.

Lambert was fun to watch pitch he keeps a crisp pace and throws a lot of strikes 68 pitches last night 50 of them were strikes.  Overall I think he can be a 3rd or 4th starter.

Here we get a lot of good looks at his stuff courtesy of The Prospect Pipeline

 

 

 

My 1st look at Victor Robles, CF, Hagerstown

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Victor Robles courtesy of auburnpub.com

Hey guys I got my 1st look at Victor Robles tonight in Asheville. He’s impressive, a lot of loud tools on display.

Robles, turns 19 in a couple of weeks, he’s listed at 6′ 185 lbs and that looks accurate.  He bats and throws right.  Robles signed in 2013 out of the Dominican Republic for $225,000.

At the dish Robles has an upright closed stance and he stays pretty quiet pre pitch.  He’s got a very quick bat and a linear swing and his game is spraying sharp grounders and low line drives around the diamond.  He was pretty aggressive in the box tonight swinging early in the count in every at bat.  He showed excellent contact throughout the night and seemed to stay on the breaking pitches as well.  It’s just one look but with his bat speed and contact ability I think the hit tool can play as plus.

The speed is electric, it’s double plus.

Victor Robles, courtesy of baseballamerica.com

He showed very good range in center, as you might expect, and his jumps were very good out there as well.  The one tool I didn’t know he possessed before tonight, is that he has a rocket throwing arm.  He threw a ball from the warning track in center field to 3rd base on the fly.  The throw was on the money and it got there super fast.  He did over throw the cut off man though. Very impressive arm strength. If this hitting thing doesn’t work out he may have a future on the mound.

There were a couple small examples of lack of focus from Robles tonight that stood out to me.  1st, he got picked off of 1st base, it was a good move by Asheville starter Peter Lambert. Robles didn’t look like was going to run on the pitch he was just caught flat footed.  Also he seemed to forget the game situation later in the game;  he was on 2nd base with 2 outs and there was a fly ball to center and he didn’t run right away.  These things happen to every player from time to time and it’s probably nothing.  Just something to keep an eye on.

Overall, I came away very impressed with Robles.  I think he’ll hit for average, I wouldn’t expect many walks or strikeouts.  His speed and defense get very high marks. Right now I’d estimate the game power potential at 45 or maybe 10-14 HR’s with a lot of doubles and triples.  Part of that is because of the approach.  If he consistently tried to get the ball in the air that number could play 16-20 HR’s.  And he might get there anyway in his later 20’s because of the added strength.