Rockies announce top minor league player from 2018 season

Feb 16, 2019; Salt River Fields, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black talks with pitcher Peter Lambert (78) in the bullpen during spring training at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies announced on Monday that right-handed pitcher Peter Lambert received the 2018 Doug Million Minor League Player of the Year award.

Last season, Lambert had a 3.28 earned run average in 26 starts splitting his time between AAA-Albuquerque and AA-Hartford.

The organization’s No.3 prospect according to MLB.com and former 2015 second-round pick also made an impact in this year’s exhibition slate. In five Spring Training appearances, including one start, Lambert had a 3.38 ERA across 13.1 innings and struck out 10.

Lambert was originally drafted out of high school, falling to the second round due to a fastball that failed to light up radar guns.

Prior to the regular season, Lambert was optioned to AAA-Albuquerque despite a strong camp and at only 21 years old, the youngster figures to see time in the near future with the Rockies. He is not currently part of the Rockies 40-man roster, meaning the organization would have to make a corresponding move to make room for him in the big leagues.

The Isotopes’ 2019 campaign is slated to begin on Thursday, with Jeff Hoffman and Lambert leading the rotation.

Short-Season Boise Supervisor of Development, Fred Ocasio was also given the organization’s P.J. Carey Player Development Award.

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