Lee Wants to Make His Own Name at ASU

Arkansas State freshman pitcher Coulton Lee might have a famous third cousin but that's not how he wants to thought of or remembered by people.

The southpaw from Benton bristled a little this morning when asked about Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Cliff Lee, while appearing on AstAteNation Radio.

"Yea, we're cousins, but to be honest I would much rather prefer to make my own identity."

The 6-1, 205-pounder will get the opportunity to make his own reputation and identity next spring as one of Coach Tommy Raffo's hurlers after earning class AAAAAA All-State honors as a senior at Benton High School. Lee knows "the level of competition will be much greater" on the collegiate level, but he believes he has the skills and tools to succeed at ASU.

"I think my mental game is my best strong point. If things aren't going well, I don't get discouraged. I'm pretty good at dealing with adversity."

Lee says his typical fastball is in the 87-88 mph range, but he's been clocked throwing as fast as 91 mph.

Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at 953theticket.com.