The Mariners brought Lee into the fold in February with a one-year, $4 million dollar deal, and he won the platoon job at first base with a strong all-around performance in spring training. The towering infielder/DH started the season in the aforementioned time share with fellow newcomer Adam Lind, but the right-handed hitting Lee has progressively carved out additional playing time.
He entered June with a respectable .267/.313/.547 season line, but has picked things up considerably this month. With the calendar about to flip to July, Lee boasts a .314/.360/.471 line over 70 at-bats this month, which has brought his season average up 23 points overall to .290. He rattled off four consecutive multi-hit efforts to start June and has multiple hits in his last two contests as part of a modest three-game hitting streak.
Manager Scott Servais has rewarded the slugger's recent success with more playing time, with Lee drawing some starts at first against right-handed pitching while Lind slots in at DH in those contests. Lee's numbers bear out the all-around proficiency that's earned him the extra starts, as he boasts a .353 wOBA against southpaws and an even better .367 wOBA against righties. His 20.6 percent strikeout rate can certainly be lived with considering the power and RBI potential that Lee brings to the table with increased opportunity.
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