Exclusive Interview – Chris Lambert

Former first-rounder, Springfield right-hander Chris Lambert talks with Brian Walton from the Arizona Fall League.

St. Louis Cardinals minor league starting pitcher Chris Lambert, age 23, was the Cardinals' first round pick, 19th overall, in the June, 2004 draft. In just 16 months in the system, the right-hander has moved up the organization's ladder quickly. He posted a 2.58 ERA in 38-1/3 innings while striking out 46 at Peoria last year.

In 2005, Lambert started 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA for Palm Beach, but found the competition more challenging at the Double-A level as a member of the Springfield Cardinals. There, he went 3-8 with a 6.35 ERA. He also participated in the 2005 MLB Futures Game, held in Detroit in conjunction with the All-Star Game.

So far in the Arizona Fall League, Lambert has made five starts, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Prior to his last start, his ERA was 3.00.

Lambert's final AFL start will be this coming Monday, November 7. Shortly thereafter, he'll join manager Davey Johnson, teammate and third baseman Travis Hanson and the rest of the USA squad as they take on teams from Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama representing the USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament scheduled November 15-19 in Arizona.

Subscribers can look forward to upcoming exclusive interviews with Hanson, Cody Haerther, manager Ron "Pop" Warner and more only at www.thestlcardinals.com.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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