Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dodgers' prospect Zach Lee masterful in second outing of 2013 for Lookouts

I was able to catch a couple innings of Zach Lee's Wednesday night start against the Tennessee Smokies, and he was dominant.

While no radar gun readings were readily available, Lee was throwing all four of his pitches and kept the Smokie hitters off-balance.
  • Lee's line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB (intentional), 7 K, 84 pitches, 55 strikes
That's a great performance for any pitcher, but especially a 21-year-old in Double-A. His first outing was abbreviated, but he's struck out 12 and given up 11 baserunners in 10 innings so far.

Lee's prospect status has diminished since the start of last season, despite having, arguably, a better overall season in 2012 than he did in 2011. Still, I rated him as my top prospect in the system, and I stick by that (for now, thanks to Yasiel Puig).

Mike Newman of ROTOScouting and FanGraphs had a nice write-up on Lee (and Puig) that's worth a read. He also took video of Lee.

Lee's delivery is almost perfect. It's smooth, fluid and, most importantly, repeatable.

Lee isn't going to be the next Zack Greinke (though, he could learn from the analytic right-hander), but he will have a prosperous career in the majors -- it's just a matter of when.

Photo credit: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue

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