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Dion Lambert, Iowa City Beef.

As a swingman for the Beef, Lambert has appeared in 36 games and offers a 1-9 win-loss combined with a 8.29 era. Lambert leads all of Capra pitchers in walks by allowing 89 free passes in 84 innings. While opponents are hitting a not-terrible .289 against Lambert, they are reaching base at a staggering .439 clip while slugging .554 against the 28 year-old righthander. Lambert has been relegated to the bullpen after making 77 starts in his 4+ seasons in the bigs for career record of 17-41 with a 7.36 era and 2.03 whip.

Andrew Priest, Cleveland Brewdogs.

The old adage is that one has to be a good pitcher to lose 20 games, or they would not be handed the ball that much to begin with. Priest challenges this notion after going 6-20 last season with a 6.6 era. In the current campaign Priest is 3-11 with a 8.86 era. Opponents are hitting .324 and slugging .593 off of this 4th-year lefthander. Similarly, Priest managed a 2-15 record and 6.8 era in season 5. To maintain his career era, he'll need to lose about two whole runs off of his current numbers.

Jimmie Mitchell, Pawtucket Patriots.

Mitchell's current line of .250/.309/.341 is not particularly putrid. There are certainly worse figures around. Our concern lay in his stolen base, er, success rate of 4 swipes in 17 attempts. 34 year-old Mitchell is DHing for the Patriots this season after playing centerfield for the better part of his career. And despite an 88 batting eye, he's managed a meager 29/71 BB/K ratio on the season. All to the tune of 6.4M in what is surely the final year of his contract with Pawtucket.

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