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Scouting Video: Mitchell Lambson, LHP, ASU (2011 Draft)

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January 31, 2011

Mitchell Lambson has the left-handed change-up. Few things warm my heart as much. Have a look and we’ll break him down.

You can start with the body and you see someone who is long, loose, lands well and who could add some muscle if he’s ready to put the time in. The arm action and delivery would be graded as good for most scouts and excellent, I’m sure, for those most high on him. I’ve had two looks at Lambson. I felt he was better in the Summer 2010 on the Cape than in the quick look I had in spring. He has the ability to bump a 90, though I expect most of the time he will work 86-88. You can see he’s throwing downhill even in this short look.

The seperator for Lambson is the above-average change-up, CHG in shorthand, though some scouts might write OMG. I had it at 72-74 and I’m sold on the arm slot repetition. These lefties with the change-up need to have a fearless side to them, the willingness to throw it any time in the count. Maybe you don’t get a chance to do that in college baseball, but you do against wood.  He won’t be an overpowering guy so the change , the moxie and the downhill fastball movement will punch the ticket.  I can see him as a fast-riser bullpen arm but wouldn’t put pro starting past him. Time will tell.  

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