News: 3 days agoLamb credits a simplification of his swing mechanics for the hot bat he displayed during spring training and still has during intrasquad games, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Lamb was asked about adjustments he made during the offseason, and his response focused on the concepts of simplification and timing. "It all just comes down to timing. I feel like I've made it that much easier to time up the pitcher by simplifying my moves. That's where I feel like I'm at right now. I feel like I'm on time, not early, which ultimately allows me to make a good decision on whether it's a strike or ball and whether I want to swing or not," said Lamb. Prior to the pandemic, it was going to be a challenge for Arizona manager Torey Lovullo to find regular at-bats for Lamb, but the adoption of the universal designated hitter for 2020 solves that problem for the manager.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: A left quad strain suffered during the first week of April put Lamb on the shelf for more than two months. By the time he made it back onto the field, Christian Walker had put his stamp on the first base job and Eduardo Escobar continued to hold down the hot corner. With that, Lamb was relegated to part-time duty -- and that role was scaled back even further in September amidst a prolonged slump. Lamb can take a walk, however, and he hit the ball hard in his limited play last year, not to mention he might be a fit as the Diamondbacks' new designated hitter. Kevin Cron and/or Josh Rojas could also factor into that mix, so be cautious regarding Lamb anything more than a fantasy backup for now.