Lambo, 20, was the club’s fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Newbury Park (Calif.) HS, where he had the talent to be a first-rounder but slipped to the fourth round due to concerns about his makeup, stemming from an incident in which he was caught smoking marijuana. By all accounts, Lambo had righted himself this year and was Great Lakes’ best player, putting up a .288/.346/.462 line in 472 at-bats in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League. Lambo led the Loons offense in hits (136), doubles (33), home runs (15) and RBIs (79). He was also tied for second in the league in RBIs and was fourth in doubles.
Lindblom, 21, was the club’s second-round pick in the 2008 draft out of Purdue. Lindblom scuffled as a starter and was most effective as a reliever during the college season, but the Dodgers converted him back to starting with Great Lakes and he put up a 1.29 ERA in 29 innings. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander piled up a 33-4 K-BB ratio in his eight appearances. In his final start for Great Lakes on Saturday, Lindblom threw five no-hit innings against South Bend while striking out six.