When the Cardinals selected their 2004 first round draft pick last spring, the 6'1", 205 pound right-handed pitcher Chris Lambert from Boston College, they had a plan.
Rated the fourth-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America last season, Lambert had a 2.58 ERA and struck out 46 in 38.1 innings for Peoria (A) in his first season in professional baseball.
Promoted to High A ball this season, Lambert is playing for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Chris improved to 5-0 on the season after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals beat the Fort Myers Miracle, 4-0, on Saturday. Lambert, whose ERA dropped to 1.87 for the year, allowed five hits and struck out five batters.
The 2004 Top Draft choice has a strong frame and quick arm that produce fastballs in the 90-96 mph range with explosive life. He also throws a promising changeup and a slider that can freeze right-handers when he throws it for strikes.
This season we have seen him working on his mechanics and improving on the sharpness and depth of his slider
He throws a fastball, change and curve. His best pitches are his fastball and changeup and he has confidence in throwing all three pitches. In a recent interview, Lambert said "I have been moving along well with three pitches. I am developing another changeup, which is a variation on what I throw now."
The Cardinals took him as the 19th choice overall in 2004 and gave him a $1.525 million dollar bonus. So far the Cardinals are getting a good return on their investment on this right-hander.
Continued success could lead to a call up to AA Springfield before the season is over, according to plan.
You really have to love it when a plan comes together.