Zach Lee
Zach Lee
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Zach Lee in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in December of 2018.
Latches on with Mets
PNew York Mets  AAA
December 18, 2018
Lee signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lee split time between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2018, posting a 2.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across 74 innings (12 starts, one relief appearance) with the Biscuits but struggling to a 5.02 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 71.2 innings (13 starts) with the Bulls. Given his struggles at Triple-A and the majors, Lee doesn't project as anything more than organizational pitching depth in 2019.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
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2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .286 17 3 2 4 2 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .222 24 3 6 4 0 0 1
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .286 17 3 2 4 2 0 0
2017vs Right .222 24 3 6 4 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
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ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.75 2.63 2.2 0 0 0 10.1 10.1 3.4
Since 2017Away 5.06 1.69 5.1 1 0 0 5.1 8.4 0.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 6.75 2.63 2.2 0 0 0 10.1 10.1 3.4
2017Away 5.06 1.69 5.1 1 0 0 5.1 8.4 0.0
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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 it’s 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.
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Let go by San Diego
PFree Agent  AAA
August 15, 2017
The Padres released Lee on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Clears waivers
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
June 22, 2017
Lee cleared waivers Thursday and will head to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Designated for assignment
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
June 19, 2017
Lee was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday.
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Struggles in return from DL
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
June 13, 2017
Lee allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk during Friday's 14-12 win over Triple-A Fresno.
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Returns to minors
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
April 23, 2017
Lee was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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