#9 John Lamb
Drafted: 5th Round, Pick #145 of 2008 Rule IV Draft
High School: Laguna Hills High School (CA)
After missing his entire senior season of high school, John Lamb's draft stock obviously took a hit. But the Royals liked him enough to draft him in the 5th round and sign him to a $165,000 bonus. Lamb features a fastball that sits between 88-93 mph and a curveball and changeup that come in, in the upper 70s. While his stuff is good for a pitcher of his age, it is his make up and command of the mound that really gets members of the Royals organization excited when they talk about him. In 2008 he posted decent numbers at two rookie league spots, but I'd really like to see some results at full season ball before I get too excited. Lamb will be the ace of a very talented Burlington, IA rotation on a Bees team that should compete for a Midwest League title. But before that I expect him to begin the year in extended spring training as the Royals continue to play it conservative with his arm.