Meet John Lamb, acquired in the Cueto trade, who’s making his MLB debut

In three starts for the Louisville Bats, Lamb went 1-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 21 Ks

Rick Scuteri

Cincinnati Reds LHP John Lamb makes his MLB debut Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lamb, the Kansas City Royals fifth round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, along with Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed, in exchange for Johnny Cueto

Lamb is the No. 21 prospect in the Reds system per MLB Pipeline. He was pitching for the Reds Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats before being called up to make his MLB debut Friday night vs. the Dodgers.

Lamb underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and has been improving ever since, getting closer to returning to his 2011 form when he cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list at No. 18, and was the No. 5 prospect in the Royals system per MLB.com.

This year with the Royals Triple-A affiliate, Lamb was 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 17 starts. And in three starts with the Bats, Lamb has picked up right where he left off, going 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

The lefthander makes his debut Friday night against Alex Wood and the Los Angeles Dodgers.