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There has been a lot of talk about the lack of talent in this year's MLB draft class, and it is indeed a down year. But an underrated aspect of this draft pool is the respectable contingent of good-bodied high-school arms with feel for their breaking balls. By my count, there are half a dozen projectable, athletic arms that could fly off the board between the back half of Round 1 and the end of Round 2. Among them is San Dimas (Calif.) High School right-hander Peter Lambert, who I was able to scout Thursday afternoon.

Lambert sat 87-90 mph with his fastball but projects for more as his wiry 6-foot-2 frame continues to fill out. He has two breaking balls, a slider in the 78-80 mph range that flashed above average and a deeper, less effective curveball in the low 70s.