Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have called up 23-year-old prospect Jake Lamb, a 2012 sixth-round pick who’s hit .321 in three seasons as a pro.
Lamb was just promoted from Double-A to Triple-A last week, so it’s a little odd to see the Diamondbacks jumping the third baseman all the way to the majors now.
He’s hit .327 with 15 homers, 39 doubles, and a .973 OPS in 108 total games this season and has topped a .925 OPS in each of his three seasons in the minors. He figures to take over as the starter at third base, where the Diamondbacks had been using former top prospect Andy Marte since trading Martin Prado to the Yankees.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.