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Friday, December 2, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Video From Saturday’s GCL Game, Lambo, Tucker and Eric Thomas Jr

Last night we posted some video of Mitch Keller and Trey Supak, who both made their pro debut yesterday for the GCL Pirates.  We have some more video of that game courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.

The first video is Andrew Lambo reaching on an error by the first baseman. Later in the game, he would hit a home run. Lambo finished his second rehab game game going 1-for-3 with a walk. He played first base in his first game back and switched to right field yesterday.

In another at-bat, Lambo fouls off a few pitches before lining out to deep right field

Cole Tucker drew a walk yesterday, extending his on base streak to ten games, which is every game he has played. As you can see from the video below, Tucker actually failed to get a sacrifice bunt down, then the pitcher ended up walking him despite the fact he was trying to bunt the runner over. Tucker showed nice plate patience, not going out of the zone and ending up advancing the runner(and reaching base) without giving up an out.

Here is another video of Tucker, grounding out to second base. He hit the ball well and you get a sense of his speed down the line on this play as the camera follows him. Tucker is hitting .324/.477.353 through 34 at-bats.

Finally, we get a first look at Eric Thomas Jr., the 21st round draft pick out of Langham Creek HS in Texas. He was described as very raw, but he was one of the fastest players in the entire 2014 draft class, rated as 80 speed on the 20-80 scout scale. Not surprisingly, he is struggling early on, unable to get on base to put his plus-plus speed to good use. He is 3-for-26 with three singles and a walk so far this season. In this video, he grounds out to shortstop, but you get to see him run down the line from the left side. Judging just from this at-bat, it looks like he’s just trying to put the ball in play and let his speed do the rest of the work.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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