The Pirates announced today that Andrew Lambo has been called up to join the team for the series at St. Louis, after hitting .278/.350-.593, with seventeen home runs and fifty-one RBI at AAA Indianapolis. Pirates fans have been clamoring for Lambo to be called up for several weeks after right field was a revolving door for the Pirates, featuring players such as Travis Snider, Brandon Inge, Garrett Jones, Jose Tabata, Alex Presley, Josh Harrison, and even Russell Martin on the season.
Lambo is expected to provide the Pirates with a more permanent option in right field, in addition to providing some serious pop at the plate. Concerns with Lambo include a high strikeout rate, a low walk rate, and the fact that he’s a lefty hitter isn’t likely to help the Pirates struggles against left-handed pitching this year. All that being said, Lambo has absolutely killed the ball this season, and since he’s red hot right now, it makes good sense for the Pirates to give him a shot.
Whether or not Lambo will perform better than the other right field options have to this point is obviously something we’ll have to wait on, but we do know that he’s a talented prospect, a guy who can hit for power, especially in the lefty’s paradise that is PNC Park, and he’ll do nothing if not add to what’s already been an incredibly exciting 2013 season. Hopefully he’s a help in the Pirates quest for their first postseason berth since 1992.