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Faith in the Royals farm confirmed

August 16, 2010

Midland, TX – My personal faith in the Kansas City Royals farm system was confirmed with a very competent plan to deal with John Lamb (8-7, 2.13) learning how to move forward from his last three performances at the Double-A level. Admittedly, the recent starts by John have concerned some followers, but his velocity continues to sit in the mid-90 and few have barreled up his pitches in the Texas League, based on competent accounts of the games and not just the line scores.

My son’s maturity was confirmed through a phone call, late Saturday evening. The details, moving forward and learning from his recent hurdles associated with his promotion are not unique, but rather very common. However, if ignored can negatively impact any minor league player fighting to survive the highly competitive world of professional baseball. Again, knowing that John has stood up for himself, accepted his mistakes and has pointed out important issues following his last start on Friday evening in Frisco, TX is much easier to digest than silence.

One thing that can’t be emphasized enough is the fact that players need to be willing to discuss their issues with the organization’s coaching staff and management in a respectful way in order for everyone to be aware of the issues that are occurring. Sometimes rolling with other failures on the field is required to compliment your points as the player discusses their concerns. A willingness to be proactive with your own development and desire to improve is welcomed by most professional baseball clubs and I am very grateful the Kansas City Royals are one of those types of clubs.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will attempt to win their series tonight in Midland against the RockHounds and complete their most recent road trip in the Texas League. Following the game the Naturals will head back home for contests against the same two teams they just played during this latest trip away from Arvest Ballpark in Arkansas.

Card by Goose Joak (Photo credit - Keith Lovett)

The Lamb family again needs to publicly embrace the Kansas City Royals organization for their active contribution with the growth and development they have provided my son during the early stages of his professional baseball career. We patiently wait for his next start on Thursday evening to see if his continued hard work between starts can help his team get a home win.

Sons will outgrow your lap, but never your heart…♥

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6 Comments
  1. glp permalink
    August 16, 2010 13:10

    I remain firmly convinced that young players’ struggles are not a problem. Problems only arise when they don’t learn from their struggles. Good for John.

    • James Lamb permalink*
      August 17, 2010 13:11

      Glp,

      Couldn’t agree more with your comment and thanks for your continued imput.

  2. Ron Eppes permalink
    August 17, 2010 09:34

    I am convinced that John will be fine, in fact, the struggles are a good test. He will be better served working through struggles in the minors before he has to do the same in the majors. Just as a curious thought, what do you think about his workload this year?

    • James Lamb permalink*
      August 17, 2010 13:16

      Ron,

      Thanks for the positive opinions. John knows his limits and he continues to feel good as the end of his first full season draws near. I’m not worried at all about the added work and extra innings!

  3. Ron Eppes permalink
    August 18, 2010 13:45

    James,
    I’m sure you already have listened to this, but just in case, Shaumm talks a little about John at the beginning of the interview. http://baseballinsiders.com/2010/08/18/greg-schaum-interview.aspx .

  4. James Lamb permalink*
    August 18, 2010 16:33

    Ron,

    Thanks for the link…I will check it out when I get back to hotel following a Naturals home game tonight.

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