Reds calling up prospect John Lamb for MLB debut

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Reds left-hander John Lamb, a 25-year-old prospect acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade last month, will be called up from the minors to make his MLB debut Friday.

Lamb cracked Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list in 2011, but then underwent Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled for two seasons before bouncing back in 2014. He’s taken another big step forward this season at Triple-A, posting a 2.67 ERA and 117/36 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.

Along with Lamb the Reds also received fellow left-handers Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed in the July 26 deal for Cueto, who has a 2.05 ERA through three starts for the Royals. Lamb’s debut will come against the Dodgers.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.