26-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Zach Lee in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Zach Lee Contract Information:
Released by the Padres in August of 2017.
The Padres released Lee on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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2017 Stat Review for Zach Lee As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
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Zach Lee: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Zach Lee.
Lee has fallen a long way since being taken in the first round of the 2010 draft. He fought for a rotation spot out of spring training with the Dodgers, but he was unable to snatch a gig even with the multitude of injuries that struck the Los Angeles pitching staff. It also seemed as if he lost his form from the year prior, as he stumbled in 14 appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City just a year after dominating that level's hitters. This lack of progression prompted the Dodgers to ship him off to Seattle over the summer, where he regressed further. Despite being on the 40-man roster for the duration of the season, Lee failed to log a single major league inning and was just plain ugly in 14 starts. The clock is ticking for the former top prospect, and he'll get a fresh start in San Diego with an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot after being claimed off waivers by the Padres in December. Fantasy players should at least watch him.
After an ugly 2014 that saw Lee post a 5.38 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 150.2 Triple-A innings, Lee turned things around in 2015. In 19 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Lee posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 113.1 innings, ultimately leading to his major league debut on July 25. That didn't go so well, as the Mets touched him up for seven runs in just 4.2 innings. Lee was shipped back to Triple-A where he spent the rest of the season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA in his final seven starts. The former LSU quarterback commit is now 24 years old with one ugly big league start under his belt, so it's very safe to say that he's been a bit of a disappointment since the Dodgers drafted him in the first round in 2010. Lee is in the mix for the final rotation spot this spring, but even if he wins the job, starters returning from injury in late-April and mid-May should force him back to Triple-A.
Going into last season, Lee still profiled as a mid-rotation starter, but itís hard to envision that outcome after his abysmal 2014 campaign. Lee was famously given a huge signing bonus after he was drafted in 2010 to pry him out of his commitment to play quarterback at LSU. But after posting a 5.38 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 150.2 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, the 6-foot-4 righty may want to consider going the Brandon Weeden route and picking up the pigskin again. Perhaps the most concerning development with Lee was his sharp decline in strikeouts. After putting up a 22.5% strikeout rate in 2013 at Double-A, he managed just a 14.5% rate last season at Triple-A. If he is not preventing runs and not missing bats, then there is really no reason for dynasty league owners to continue to hold Lee, especially given the team context.
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-to-back end rotation starter. He took a solid step forward this year with an 8.3 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9, and expect Lee to open 2014 in Triple-A, with a mid-2014 debut likely if the need arises in the Dodgers' rotation.
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.