Former Fresno State pitcher Jimmy Lambert signed with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, breaking the news on Twitter.
“Today, at 21 years old, I signed my first professional contract, giving me my first job,” Lambert tweeted.
Lambert was picked in the fifth round at 146th overall in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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Reached by phone Tuesday, he did not announce the details of his contract. The assigned value for the 146th pick is $382,800 though teams can exceed any slot’s number if they spend less elsewhere among their picks.
“It’s a dream come true,” Lambert said. “Something I wanted since I was a little kid.”
It’s been a whirlwind year for the right-handed pitcher – after finishing his junior season with the Bulldogs winning the Mountain West regular-season championship, he’s now in Arizona training with the White Sox.
Now it’s a job and it’s time to get work.
“It’s been a blur, but it’s been fun,” the Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year said. “But at this point, it’s time to start the career. Now it’s a job, so I have to get to work.”
Lambert wasn’t kidding. After inking his deal with the White Sox, he did a couple of workouts at the team’s spring training facility in Phoenix.