The Minnesota Twins chosen Cal Poly infielder Brooks Lee with the No. 8 choose in Major League Baseball’s novice draft on Sunday evening. The Twins benefitted as a great deal as any crew from appropriate-handers Kumar Rocker and Cade Horton likely in the prime 10 picks, as they landed Lee, who was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the class by CBS Sports activities in June.
This is what we wrote at the time:
Lee could have the best sense for the match of any prospect on this listing. (If not, then that difference goes to Termarr Johnson.) He is a coach’s son and a switch-hitter who should be good from the two sides (especially the left). He struck out in less than 10 percent of his plate appearances this season, all the even though displaying a superior really feel for the zone and for high-quality get hold of. Defensively, he’s not the most athletic particular person, and his arm is in the ordinary-to-tick-over variety. That combination ordinarily helps make scouts solid question on someone’s capacity to remain at the six, though Lee’s aforementioned wherewithal and the current optimization of defensive positioning has them open up to the plan that he at the very least starts off his big-league occupation at shortstop. Lee has experienced back problems in the previous that have brought about him to overlook time, and it is really attainable that will impact his standing with some a lot more chance-averse organizations. So it goes. He should even now be selected in the early heading, and possibly even very first total.
Lee strike .357/.462/.664 with 15 dwelling runs, 3 stolen bases (on 4 attempts) and 18 much more walks than strikeouts in 58 video games this period. For his collegiate job, he completed with a .351/.426/.647 slash line.
Lee is the fourth Mustangs participant to be chosen in the to start with spherical, signing up for Mitch Haniger, Garrett Olso and John Orton. The Mustangs have also created a range of other All-Star gamers, including Ozzie Smith and Thornton Lee.