CHRIS LASHMET
THIRD BASEMAN
Born: April 25, 1989
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 33rd Round, 992nd Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
College: Northwestern University
Agent:  N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Lashmet was a solid offensive performer for Northwestern for four years, but was never previously drafted.  Baseball America rated him the 25th best prospect in a weak year for Illinois, without explanation.  He doesn’t appear to have great power and is likely to be an organizational player.  Lashmet signed a couple weeks after the draft.

2011
A-:  231/304/310, 216 AB, 11 2B, 2 HR, 21 BB, 31 K, 2-4 SB

Went to State College and didn’t hit much.  He struggled especially in August, hitting .190.  His plate discipline wasn’t bad, as he fanned only once every seven ABs and walked once for every ten ABs, so he doesn’t seem to have been overwhelmed.  He played a lot at first until Alex Dickerson arrived, then was the primary thirdbaseman after that.

2012
A:  230/297/316, 313 AB, 15 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 28 BB, 62 K, 2-6 SB

Lashmet spent the season as a corner utility player at West Virginia.  He handled LHPs pretty well, hitting 276/344/397, but didn’t hit RHPs at all, with just a .538 OPS, leading to poor overall numbers.  He played first, third and a little in left.

Lashmet hasn’t been overwhelmed at the plate–his K rate isn’t terrible, for instance–so it’s possible he may still catch on well enough to advance.  Sometimes a college hitter will struggle for a couple years and then start to hit, although it may be partly a product of being old for his levels.  Miles Durham is an example.  Lashmet will turn 24 early next season and obviously will be an organizational player.  He’ll open 2013 in a utility role at Bradenton.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2008 .299 .349 .443 167 12 0 4 11 21 4 4
2009 .296 .363 .438 169 9 0 5 13 26 2 1
2010 .327 .394 .521 217 12 3 8 20 39 3 3
2011 .353 .409 .495 190 16 1 3 16 22 5 1
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round, 992nd overall pick; signed on June 20, 2011.