Colorado Rockies: Five bold predictions for the 2019 season
Peter Lambert wins a game for the Rockies
This one is easily the boldest of the bunch. Peter Lambert currently ranks as the club’s number three overall prospect and looks to build on his strong spring. Just 21 years old, the former second-round pick pitched well last season between time in Double-A and Triple-A.
In 92.2 innings at Double-A, Lambert finished with a strong 2.23 ERA with a 3.04 FIP and 3.47 xFIP, respectively. He posted a 21% strikeout clip and allowed a free pass to just 3.4% of batters faced.
Lambert struggled after receiving his promotion to Triple-A, pitching to a 5.04 ERA across 55.1 innings. His strikeout rate unfortunately dropped while his walk rate increased. However, he did still limit his home run number and kept his HR/FB rate to 9.3%.
The Rockies dealt with injuries last year as well as inconsistency from Jon Gray. Unfortunately, the reality does exist that injuries could occur this season which could help pave a path for Lambert to receive a late-season call-up. Depending on where Colorado is late in the season, as well as how he produces this season, Lambert could find himself called up. I believe he will make at least one start and win a game at the Major League level.