Zach Lee Was Pretty Good Last Night

I saw zero pitches of Zach Lee‘s Oklahoma City debut last night, so this is probably the worst kind of scouting the stat line. But hey, we’ve all been pretty down on Lee’s prospect potential for a while now, so we might as well take some hope where we can get it. Lee went six innings against Texas’ Triple-A affiliate, striking out six while allowing just two hits and a run.

Lee seemed pleased with his outing after the game:

“I was a little shaky at the beginning and a little tentative,” Lee said. “I was trying to get too fancy. I got a lot more aggressive and the results showed.”

Lee, who went 7-13 with a 5.38 ERA in Triple-A Albuquerque last year, threw six strong innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out six.

“Really the only mistake he ended up making was walking that guy in the first,” Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said. “He pitched really well and was aggressive in the zone and got through the sixth.”

To put that into perspective, last year, Lee made it through six innings in 14 of his 28 starts. Of those 14, he allowed two or fewer runs six times. So it’s not like he’s never done it before, but whenever you see a guy set down 17 of the last 18 hitters he sees, against a lineup with five guys with MLB experience, it’s a good sign.

Let’s be honest, though. I’m mostly writing this post so I could share this:

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