WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed left-handed pitcher Mitchell Lambson on Friday morning.

Lambson pitched for three different Milwaukee Brewers’ affiliates last year, including a stint with the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Colorado Springs Sky Sox.  The Montclair, California native combined for a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 20 relief appearances.  Lambson struck out 28 and walked only seven over 21.0 innings pitched.  2016 marked the fifth consecutive year in which Lambson finished with an ERA of 3.03 or lower.  It was also the fifth time in six professional seasons that Lambson finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched.

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“I’m really excited to add Mitch,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “Mitch has been highly successful during his career, and I expect him to fill a very important role on our pitching staff.”

Lambson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 19th round in 2011 out of Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) where he finished his college career tied for second in Sun Devils’ history with 102 appearances.  Now 26 years of age, Lambson helped Arizona State to the College World Series in 2009 and 2010, and earned Pac-10 All-Conference honours in each of those seasons.

As a professional, Lambson is 23-14 with nine saves and a 2.74 ERA in 186 appearances, all of them in relief.  In 285.2 career innings pitched, Lambson has struck out 315, while allowing just 79 walks and 20 home runs.  The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Lambson has reached the Triple-A level in each of the past two seasons, and has held the opposition to a remarkable .115 career batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position (122 at bats).

The Goldeyes now have 23 players under contract for the 2017 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.

Notes: During his junior season at Arizona State in 2011, Lambson pitched alongside his brother, Mark, who was also a pitcher…Lambson excelled in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in 2014 while pitching for the Salt River Rafters…Lambson allowed just two earned runs and struck out 17 in 14.1 innings for Salt River…although he is a left-handed pitcher, Lambson has thrived against right-handed batters, holding them to a .209 average during his career…Lambson appeared in four Major League spring training games for the Brewers in 2016, striking out three over a combined 2.2 scoreless innings…Lambson won a championship with the Low-A Midwest League’s Quad Cities River Bandits in 2013 where he was teammates with Goldeyes’ right-handed pitcher Daniel Minor…Lambson has been especially durable throughout his professional career, pitching more than 1.0 inning in more than half of his relief appearances (109 out of 186)

2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Ryan Chaffee
3B Wes Darvill
RHP Joel Effertz
RHP Icezack Flemming
SS Maikol Gonzalez
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
LHP Mitchell Lambson
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Zach Nuding
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Stefan Sabol
C Alixon Suarez
RHP Duke von Schamann

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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