Well… He’s free. Hot hitting outfielder Andrew Lambo has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lambo’s power has been nothing short of astounding this season between AA and AAA.
A lot of people assume Lambo is older than he is. He’s only 24 despite spending seven seasons in the minors.
For Lambo it’s the culmination of a pretty big career rehab. Lambo was brash, cocky, arrogant. He was suspended for drug use prior to the Pirates trading for him. Everything about the guy’s makeup has been questioned at some point and it’s the reason he has spent parts of six seasons at the Double A level.
Think about it. This guy started playing Double A ball at the age of 19. He started in AA at the age of 24.
It seems like one thing happened though. He grew up. I’ve heard interviews with him and he seems contrite, focused, and in a much better place. Time will tell how he contributes but it doesn’t hurt to give him a shot with the way Jose Tabata, Alex Presley, and Travis Snider have played.
The move doesn’t have some downside. He’s a strikeout guy, something the Pirates don’t need any more of. We’ll see if he hits enough to contribute, but this move could be really good, or really bad.
The Pirates will not be able to send Lambo back down if he fails.
Shoppach isn’t much of a hitter these days, but he’s good at controlling the run game and has a ton of big league experience.
I’m not a huge fan of Shoppach but he will go to Indy and serve as much needed veteran depth. You can’t go into a pennant race with just two catchers. When one catcher has question marks surrounding him like Sanchez does it’s even more important to get a guy that won’t completely ruin you behind the dish.
I like both moves. Both were necessary. Who knows if either one has to, or does, pay off.