Meet Zach Lee: Dodgers First Round Pick

The Dodgers kicked off their 2010 draft with the 28th selection overall. Assistant GM Logan White stayed true to his formula by selecting a high school prospect with upside. Zach Lee is a right-handed pitcher with a decent fastball and a plus change up. Tyson Qualls analyzes the pick and predicts the future for the latest member of the Blue Crew.

The Dodgers hope to continue their success developing young pitching with the selection of Zach Lee. Even though the pitcher has already committed to play football and baseball at LSU next season, the Dodgers hope to pry him away from that path. Scouting reports on Lee reveal a pitcher with great upside, but still in need of a lot of good coaching.

Currently his best pitch is his change up, but assistant GM Logan White is hoping that his fastball will gain consistent velocity as he matures. Lee's fastball currently clocks in around 87-91 MPH, with a high of 95. Adding to his appeal, almost everything he throws has good movement. His plus slider has also been effective at times.

Lee's size is also ideal for a pitcher. At 6'4 195 pounds, he has the frame to be a behemoth on the mound. At only 18 years old, Lee will be given plenty of time in the farm system to develop into a capable contributor to the franchise.

The biggest issue in signing Lee will be convincing him to forego LSU and begin toiling away in the minors. The Dodgers will have a lot of persuading to do, as competing at one of the top colleges is much more enticing than throwing every five days in places like Albuquerque, NM.

Prediction:

The Dodgers did not select a player with Clayton Kershaw like upside. They did, however, choose a solid back of the rotation type player. Depending on how his velocity progresses before his big league debut, Lee could also work out of the bullpen.

With the big names off the board the Dodgers couldn't have done much better at the 28th pick. If Lee decides to stick with the Dodgers, look for his debut 3-4 years down the road



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