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Pirates call up minor league home run leader Andrew Lambo

Aug 12, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Andrew Lambo, Jared Goedert AP

Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo leads the minor leagues in homers with 31, going deep 14 times in 58 games at Double-A and 17 times in 59 games at Triple-A. And now the 24-year-old outfielder is headed to the majors for the first time.

Pittsburgh has called up Lambo, who hit .284 with a .926 OPS in 117 total games this season. He was originally acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2010 trade for Octavio Dotel and missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Obviously the power potential gives Lambo a chance to make a significant impact down the stretch, but he also struck out 123 times in 491 plate appearances and had relatively modest career numbers before this year’s breakout. He has experience in both corner outfield spots as well as first base, so Pirates manager Clint Hurdle could mix and match his lineup choices.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    He’s been talked about a BUNCH recently in the burgh as someone who can bring something to RF the buccos havent had this season…not sure he can, but hell, why not give him a look.

  2. magicrat13 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    about time he got the call up….personally don’t think he can do any worse than the tabata/snider/presley combination….i look forward to his power potential and hopefully getting better pitches for cutch and alvarez…

  3. Caught Looking - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    The Pirates had a Lambo and a Ford (Darren) at AAA. It figures, the Lambo would get there first.

  4. apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    We’ve been waiting for this for awhile. Welcome home Lambo!

  5. johnnysoda - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    An outfield with Marte, McCutchen, and this guy (if he continues his Double-A form) will be dangerous down the stretch.

  6. penzfan329 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    About tine we try something. The strikeouts and terrible at bats are costing us wins

    • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      The defense killed us the last three games. Maybe he can play 3rd base and some shortstop?

    • notsofast10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Well if that is the problem, this won’t work either.

      “he also struck out 123 times in 491 plate appearances”

  7. modellforprez - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Last week G.M ” The Bum ” said naw he aint coming up here to this team. quote un quote “He aint that dude” He got some taters but its more luck than anything the bum continued “he will not be brought up we have enough Gift of gaby sanchez and Gary Junkie Juice Jones ya dig ” i was like what the F. does any of that mean cuz? so he spent parts of 6-7 years everyone deserves a chance So Andrew Lambo go get Em’ tiger!!!

  8. kelshannon19 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    George Springer also has 31. Sweet

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