Colorado Rockies: Five players to watch as Spring Training opens
5. Peter Lambert – P
Last but not least is Lambert, the Rockies No.3 overall prospect in the pipeline heading into 2019. Lambert is one of the pitchers who received a non-roster invite and could do big things now that he has the opportunity to show his skill set against major league competition.
Lambert is another product of the 2015 Rockies draft class, out of San Dimas High School in California. I wonder if Lambert saw Bill and Ted at any point traveling around? Nevertheless, Lambert has been impressive in his climb through the system.
Lambert started last season at Double-A where he posted an excellent 2.23 ERA across 92.2 innings. More impressively, Lambert saw a drop in both his FIP and xFIP from the year before when he was at High-A.
Unfortunately, Lambert also struggled after his promotion to Triple-A, posting a 5.04 ERA across 55.1 innings, and saw a significant jump in FIP and xFIP. That being said, he will still be someone to keep an eye on as spring training arrives. Lambert has a projected 2019 arrival time to the big leagues, and with the track record of guys like Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez, Lambert could be next in line.
The potential is there for a solid four-pitch mix for Lambert. His fastball sits between 92-94 mph with the occasional rise to 96 mph. Of the pitches, the changeup could be his coup de gras while his slider, which was added just last season, continues to progress and become a stronger pitch. Lambert is one prospect fans should get excited about so make sure to keep a close watch.