Last night saw Cincinnati Reds rookie left handed pitcher John Lamb make his Major League debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s the first of the three pitchers that the Reds acquired in the Johnny Cueto trade to put on a Reds jersey and take the mound, doing so after just three starts for the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

On the night Lamb allowed five runs in 6.0 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. At face value the outing wasn’t one to write home about. But four the the runs came in the 5th inning, three of which were the result of a 3-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez.

There were plenty of good things from the outing. He threw 66 strikes out of 99 pitches. He struck out seven batters in six innings and had just two walks. He showed off four pitches in the game. Let’s take a look at those:

AVGvelo MAXvelo Usage
Fastball 92.2 94.3 51%
Change Up 76.5 78.7 21%
Curveball 69.8 71.5 8%
Cutter 88.8 91.4 20%

Lamb showed above-average velocity in the start, particularly for a left hander as he averaged just over 92 MPH and topped out at 94.3 MPH in the game. What really stands out though is the large difference in velocity between his four pitches. The fastball and cutter are both hard pitches, but the change up and curveball are both quite slow. The drop off from the fastball to change up is nearly 16 MPH. The drop off to the curveball is nearly 23 MPH.

You don’t see that kind of difference too often these days as everything is about power. Lamb is bringing good velocity with the fastball and cutter, but his offspeed offerings really are offspeed.

He mixed his pitches well, throwing his fastball just 51% of the time and mixing in the change up and cutter another 41% of the time. The slow curveball was thrown just 8% of the time.

The overall results don’t look good in the box score, largely due to the home run by Adrian Gonzalez that led to three runs, but John Lamb showed plenty of things to like throughout the start. He threw strikes, mixed all four pitches well, wasn’t overly reliant on any one offering, changed speeds and showed good composure on the mound. His next start should come against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Let’s see if he can build upon the things he showed last night.

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