Khalil Lee
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals AA
7-Day DL
Injury Back
Est. Return 9/23/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ronald Acuna and Fernando Tatis Jr., two of the 10 best prospects in baseball, were the only other teenagers to hit 15-plus home runs and steal 15-plus bases in full-season ball. Lee’s 32.1 percent strikeout rate and .237 average were mediocre, but everything else about his age 18/19 campaign at Low-A was impressive. Despite hitting for a low average, Lee walked at a 12.2 percent clip (fifth best in the Sally League), en route to finishing with a 125 wRC+. He is athletic, but while he stole 20 bases last year, he was caught 18 times and does not project to be much of a threat on the bases by the time he reaches the majors. His power and on-base skills are significant, however, and he has a howitzer of an arm, so he should have no problem manning right field. Lee should be a much better bet in OBP leagues than rotisserie formats, but he won’t turn 20 until late June, so it’s too soon to say he won’t be able to develop into a .250 or .260 hitter. Read Past Outlooks
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Out with back soreness
OFKansas City Royals  AA
August 4, 2018
Lee was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Northwest Arkansas with back soreness, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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The Royals do not believe the issue to be a significant one, but they'll give the young outfielder a chance to rest. The 20-year-old is hitting .245/.330/.353 in 29 games since he was promoted to Double-A.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Many teams actually viewed Lee as a better fit on the mound heading into the 2016 draft, but based on the early returns, his days of toeing the rubber are over. A quick-twitch athlete with a good shot at sticking in center field, Lee showed power, speed, and a quality approach despite being almost two years younger than the average player in the Arizona League. He finished first in walks (33) and third in OPS (.880) among teenagers in the AZL and was one of just two players in the entire league -- Indians first-rounder Will Benson being the other -- with five-plus homers, five-plus steals, and 20-plus walks. Unlike several other tooled-up, high-pedigree hitters in the AZL like Benson, Seuly Matias and Oscar Gonzalez, Lee produced while keeping his strikeout rate below 30 percent (25.7). The Royals were able to grab Lee in the third round, but he should be treated like a first-round talent in dynasty league drafts this spring.
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Hit in head by pitch
OFKansas City Royals  AA
June 30, 2018
Lee left Saturday's game against Double-A San Antonio after he was in hit in the head with a pitch.
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Promoted to Double-A
OFKansas City Royals  AA
June 27, 2018
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Better success on bases at High-A
OFKansas City Royals  AA
April 26, 2018
Lee is hitting .283/.450/.483 with two home runs, six steals (on six attempts) and career-best 21.3 percent walk and 26.3 percent strikeout rates for High-A Wilmington.
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Shows potential in first campaign at Low-A
OFKansas City Royals  AA
September 14, 2017
Lee slashed .237/.344/.430 with 171 strikeouts over 121 games in his first season with Low-A Lexington.
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Intriguing power/speed combo at Low-A
OFKansas City Royals  AA
August 16, 2017
Lee, 19, is hitting .235/.341/.420 with 14 home runs, 52 RBI and 19 steals through 104 games for Low-A Lexington.
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