22-Year-Old Pitcher – Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Lee had a solid season for Double-A Chattanooga, tossing 142.2 innings of 3.22 ERA ball with a 131:35 K:BB. Despite his lofty draft status and $5 million-plus signing bonus, Lee profiles more as a mid...
Lee (lat) tossed a pair of scoreless innings in his spring debut against the Rangers on Friday.
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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Zach Lee
2014 projections compared to top pitchers in 2013.
Los Angeles Dodgers Roster
MajorsArruebarrena, Erisbel (SS)
AAAAbreu, Juan (P)
AAAguasviva, Geison (P)
A+Coyle, Bobby (OF)
AAnderson, Chris (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
At first glance, Lee's 4.39 ERA across two minor league levels (High-A and Double-A) doesn't seem all that impressive. The fact he did it at the age of 20 with solid ratios (7.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9) makes it look much better. Lee was the team's top pick in the 2010 draft, and while he is probably more of a mid-rotation type starter than future Cy Young candidate, he can still add plenty of value. He'll likely open 2013 in Double-A and depending on performance and club need, a debut this season is certainly possible.
It was a successful first full season for the team's 2010 first-round pick, as the former LSU quarterback recruit (doesn't appear that he's missed all that much) posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.220 WHIP and 91:32 K:BB in 109 innings for Low-A Great Lakes. He's probably a top-50 overall prospect, and if you're looking to project him out, figure his upside is somewhere between that of Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley. He'll likely open in High-A with the potential for a 2013 big league debut.
In a big surprise, the financially-hindered Dodgers were able to lure Lee away from an opportunity to become the LSU starting quarterback with a last-minute $5.25 million bonus to play baseball. He immediately becomes the team's No. 1 prospect, offering a strong arm and very good athleticism. We don't know where he'll begin his professional career, but his talent is such that a 2013 major league debut is very possible.