He's acknowledged by many as the best position player prospect in the Rays organization although he has batted .195 through 149 Double-A at-bats but despite all of that, the Biscuits shortstop said he is not pressing.
"There's no pressure," Hak-Ju Lee said. "I am feeling good. I have to hit better and just draw more walks."
The South Korean native, who also said changeups have made his time at the plate difficult, has recorded four hits in his last 22 at-bats, which has contributed to a .204 batting average through the season's first dozen games. As the team's leadoff hitter, Lee has drawn six walks but has also struck out 12 times.
Lee is not the only culprit to the Biscuits dismal hitting of late. Over the last six games, the team – who led the Southern League in nearly every offensive statistic after the first week of the season – has belted just nine extra-base hits. Only six times in this period of games, where the Biscuits managed a 3-3 record, has a player recorded a multi-hit game.
The lone player who owns a batting average higher than .300 through more than 13 at-bats is third baseman Cole Figueroa. He has hit safely in all 12 games and has a .340 average so far.
Right-hander Alex Colome, who is rated as the number five prospect in the Rays organization and is the Biscuits top pitching prospect, landed on the disabled list after he left his April 11 start in the fourth inning holding his left side after fielding a bunt. He is expected to miss at least two starts.
Opening Day starter RHP Shane Dyer, who only surrendered two earned runs in 11 innings prior to his third start, left with a groin injury after the first inning on April 15. He gave up three earned runs and walked a batter before his departure but is not expected to miss a start.
To account for the injured rotation, LHP Adam Liberatore was recalled and RHP Jim Paduch is said to be back with the team after being promoted to Triple-A Durham, but is not on the active roster yet. Third baseman Greg Sexton filled in on the mound as well and pitched two scoreless frames on April 15.
After they conclude their five-game series with the Mobile BayBears, Montgomery will welcome the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for five games before an off day on April 25. Pensacola took four out five from the Biscuits to open the season.
Will Sammon is the Montgomery Biscuits beat writer for Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @WillSammon.
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