Shortstop Brooks Lee in top five of multiple MLB mock draft lists

“The top eight prospects and nine of the top 10 are hitters. The top three are high school bats, followed by a streak of five varsity hitters,” Mayo added.

Here are the Top 10:

1. Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS (Ga.)
2. Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (Ga.)
3. Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Florida)
4. Jacob Berry, 3B, State of Louisiana
5. Brooks lee, SS, Cal Poly
6. Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
7. Brock Jones, OF, Stanford
8. Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison
9. Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS (Ga.)
10. Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech

Of the top 100 on the MLB Pipeline’s list of projects, 57 are in college and 43 in high school. LSU and Vanderbilt lead the college list with eight players each. Four of the high school players signed up in Florida. The pitchers lead the way with 40 on the roster, followed by 19 outfielders and 16 shortstops.

Three-time All-American last season, Lee made just six mistakes in 54 games for a .974 defensive percentage, No. 2 among regular shortstops in the Big West. He hasn’t made any mistakes in Cal Poly’s last 21 games of the 2021 season.

His team-best batting average of 0.342 included a school record of 27 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs, all of them team-highs as well. Lee finished with more extra hits (40) than singles (36) and struck safely in 41 of the 54 games he played, producing streaks of 12, 11 and nine games.

Other honors Lee won were Big West Conference Co-Field Player of the Year and Co-Freshman Field Player of the Year, a place on the All-Big West First Team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, one of five National Co- First Year Players of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA All-West Area First Team.

Lee was one of six finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s best shortstop and was also a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the player of the year.

Lee led the Mustangs in RBIs (57), hits (76), aggregates goals (139) and sacrificial flies (8). His single-season school record of 27 doubles is tied for fifth place in the Big West’s record books. Lee, he also led his team in multi-stroke games with 25 and led the Big West with his 16 multi-run contests.

In other baseball news …

• Continuing its Fall Report series, D1Baseball.com released its Cal Poly flyer on Wednesday, giving Mustang fans “reason to be optimistic in San Luis Obispo” this spring.

Mike Rooney writes, “Cal Poly is one of the most fascinating programs on the West Coast. Skipper Larry lee is the longest-serving head coach in the Great West with 19 seasons. He is also the father of one of America’s best players, his son Brooks. Safer Brooks lee later, but the incredible coherence of this program deserves our attention.

The Mustangs have finished in the top four of the Great West in 16 of the past 18 seasons (not counting the 2020 campaign shortened by the pandemic). A remarkable achievement in a league that sent four different programs to Omaha in the years 2014-2017.

There is, however, a troubling side to their consistency. Since 2017, Mustangs have developed a pattern of chronic slow starts. And those poor first halves cost them the playoffs in those four campaigns.

To equalize, the second-place team in a league of the caliber of the West would still have to be in playoff contention. And Cal Poly finished second in the league in 2017 and 2018 and 2019. But neither of those seasons ended within hitting distance of the playoffs. Here’s the culprit: The Mustangs have gone 38-59 in a non-conference game over those three seasons. That’s a payout percentage of 0.392.

It was pretty much the same in 2021. Cal Poly has won their last seven games, and 11 of their last 12, to end the year. But a 20-24 record entering that scorching stretch race sealed the deal.

So how does the 2022 club get off to a quick start and capitalize on the program’s historically solid finishes? Of the utmost importance is an improved and deeper attack. Star power should help as the Mustangs had both a positional player (Lee) and a pitcher (Drew thorpe) save time with the national collegiate team last summer. ”

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Brooks lee is projected by the Perfect Game staff to be drafted No. 1 by the Baltimore Orioles next July. The site for the MLB freshman draft has yet to be announced and Baltimore has the top pick.

Pens Vinnie Cervino, “Baltimore and general manager Mike Elias have shown their willingness to sign their top pick for a heavy sub-slot in order to spend more flexibly and creatively later with the prep cutters, but also more than deserving of it. ‘Being the overall tool-based top pick. It’s a sure shortstop whose mobility could force him to third base in the long run, but the hitting plus tool should carry it throughout the pro ball.

Prospects Live lists Lee as # 3 in its rankings.

“Lee is an extremely physical shortstop with a barrel chest with significant strength throughout his frame,” says the story on the Prospects Live website. “Tall for the job, Lee wears his height extremely well on dirt where his fluidity on dirt and huge arm really stand out in defense. He receives high marks for his instinct and leadership on the pitch, commanding defense between. the games. A hitter with power on both sides of the plate, Lee presents a big bat with a bigger hitting tool and a punch. Extremely fast hands. That’s the raw power he throws himself into, pulverizing missiles all over the field. The Boy Scouts believe there is significant power ahead. Lee may eventually have to move on to third base, although his tool set adapts well to the position. a dashing runner, but his athleticism more than makes up for the speed of the foot he might lack. “

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