It was a bit surprising that Lamet wasn't given this vote of confidence earlier this spring considering the quality of the two pitchers who got the nod ahead of him (Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell). Better late than never. While Green didn't fully confirm the 25-year-old's placement in the rotation, he added that "he's moving closer to [securing a rotation spot]" after showering the youngster with praise following Tuesday's victory over the Cubs. Lamet experienced extreme peaks and valleys on his way to a 4.57 ERA over 114.1 innings as a rookie last year, but the notable stat was his strikeout rate (10.9 K/9), which ranked ninth among all major-league starters. The righty has been working on adding a curveball to his repertoire during exhibition play to complement his mid-90s fastball, hard-biting slider and mediocre change. Lamet has the highest fantasy upside of any of the Friars' rotation candidates, but the strikeouts alone should make him a viable option in most fantasy formats.
Lamet has been working on a curveball, The Athletic reports.
Lamet is the textbook example of a pitcher who needs another weapon in order to succeed as a starter. His 28.7 percent strikeout rate ranked 13th among pitchers who threw at least 100 innings, yet he posted just a 4.57 ERA. He threw his fastball and slider over 95 percent of the time combined, leaving him far too predictable. Unsurprisingly, his ERA skyrocketed to 8.86 in his third time through the order, as he had nothing left to surprise hitters with. If he can develop a passable curveball (and throw his changeup more often, which he also hopes to do) he should be able to be effective deeper into his starts. While it's too early to know if the new pitch will work, keep an eye out for reports this spring. If the pitch is looking good, there could be reason to believe that Lamet will add a solid ERA to his excellent strikeout rate, making him an enticing sleeper candidate.
Green said that Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell are assured rotation spots, but Lamet arguably remains the Padres' top starter from a fantasy standpoint, despite his skipper's lack of a firm commitment. Though Lamet has a modest pedigree -- the Dominican went unsigned as an international free agent until just before his 22nd birthday -- he breezed through the minors in about three years and displayed impressive swing-and-miss stuff in his first exposure to the big leagues last season, churning out a 10.9 K/9 rate in 114.1 innings. The right-hander isn't without his faults -- namely, spotty command and vulnerability against lefty bats -- but pitching roughly half his games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park can go a long way toward masking those deficiencies.
Lamet (7-8) took the loss against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing four runs on four hits and six walks over five innings while striking out seven.
The rookie wraps up his first big-league campaign with a 4.57 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 139:54 K:BB through 114.3 innings with San Diego. Lamet's strikeout potential could land him on a number of 2018 sleeper lists, but the 25-year-old will need to sharpen his command and control if he's going to have any kind of breakout next year.
Lamet was touched up for six runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings Wednesday. He did not receive a decision in a 13-7 loss to Arizona.
It's ironic that San Diego's offense exploded for seven runs on a day where Lamet struggled, after they provided little to no run support over his last four dominant outings (0-2 with a 1.88 ERA). Baseball can be a cruel game sometimes. The rookie has struggled against the Diamondbacks this season, serving up 15 runs and four homers over 8.1 innings. The 25-year-old can take solace in that he won't have to face them again until next season. Lamet's final 2017 start will come next Tuesday against the Dodgers, who he held to one run over six innings with 10 punchouts on Sept. 1.
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|2015||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||5||8||2.99||26||24||0||0||0||105.1||82||42||35||9||9||44||120|
|2016||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||7||1||2.35||12||12||0||0||0||65.0||56||17||17||4||4||26||54|
|2016||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||0||2||4.22||2||2||0||0||0||10.2||13||7||5||2||0||4||13|
|2016||AA-San Antonio Missions||5||7||3.39||14||14||0||0||0||74.1||57||32||28||2||2||31||91|
|2017||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||3||2||3.23||8||8||0||0||0||39.0||32||17||14||2||1||20||50|