Tuesday, November 29, 2011
New Addition To The Royal Family
The Albuquerque American Kings have come away with another high profile International prospect for the second year in a row. However, Daichi Lee cost The Kings less than 1/3 of the J5B record $28.2 Million they dished out for last years, Diego Sojo, signing the 18 year old Lee for $8 Million.
Lee has made just a handful of starts (4) so far this year in Low A, but has impressed many already as he has not given up a run, allowed only 10 hits, walked 4 and has struck out 11 through 21.2 innings. Low A pitching coach, Warren Carson is very "encouraged" by what Lee has shown so far. Carson has also stated that he projects Lee to be a very good option out of the bullpen in the mid to late innings for the ML club in a few seasons.
Lee's transition to the U.S. has been eased a little bit as he and country mate Tsubasa Sano, who is also on the Low A squad, have been able to bond over the last few weeks. Through his translator, Lee said "He has been very helpful to me since I arrived. It's nice having him here."
We may not see Lee in the majors for another few seasons, but you can bet he'll make an impact when he gets there.