Goldeyes Add Versatile Lefty Reliever
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes appear to have a lefthanded closer.
Mitch Lambson, a former Milwaukee Brewers farm hand, who has nine saves and 2.74 earned run average in 186 relief appearances as a professional, could take on a couple of roles in manager Rick Forney’s bullpen this year. On Friday, Lambson signed a deal with the Fish and is expected in training camp next month.
“I’m really excited to add Mitch,” said Forney. “He’s been highly successful during his career, and I expect him to fill a very important role on our pitching staff.”
As a professional, Lambson is 23-14 and last season pitched for three different Brewers’ affiliates, including the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Another Californian (the Goldeyes are loaded with Californians), Lambson combined for a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 20 relief appearances at three levels of of minor league ball. He struck out 28 and walked only seven over 21.0 innings of work. He has gone five consecutive seasons with an ERA of 3.03. It was also the fifth time in six professional seasons that Lambson finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched.
Lambson, 26, was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the 19th round of the 2011 Major League Entry Draft out of Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) He helped Arizona State to the College World Series in 2009 and 2010, and earned Pac-10 All-Conference honours in each of those seasons.
The Goldeyes now have 23 players under contract for the 2017 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
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