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Draft 2008
Draft Central

John Lamb (Credit: Larry Goren)

Biographical Data
Player Name:John Lamb
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Laguna Hills HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/10/08
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Fastball:Lamb threw an easy 88 mph and touched 91.
Curve:It's really a left-handed slurve, but he showed a few with more bite than he's shown in the past at around 76-78 mph.
Changeup:Lamb thew his changeup around 78 mph with arm side fade.
Control:He threw all of his pitches for strikes at the showcase, something he hasn't always done consistently.
Poise:He was fairly poised on the mound.
Physical Description:Lamb is a tall, lanky lefty with a free and easy delivery.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Lamb has a good frame with a really clean delivery. He's a good athlete who's been looked at as a hitter in the past.
Weaknesses:While he was improved at the showcase, he hasn't shown enough of a breaking ball in the past. The same holds true with command -- he hasn't always thrown strikes consistently.
Summary:As recently as last summer, Lamb was a two-way player who was drawing some interest as a John Mabry-type hitter. It appears that he's now more focused on pitching and it's paying off. If he continues to improve his breaking ball and his command, the lefty should garner plenty of attention leading up to the Draft.