Zach Lee of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw two scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers on Friday during a Major League Baseball spring training game in Glendale, Ariz. For Lee, a 2010 McKinney High graduate, it was his Cactus League debut.
He gave up just two hits in the game, including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo but bounced back to get three ground balls to retire Elvis Andrus, Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre in that opening inning. He then pitched a scoreless second, despite giving up just a single to Jurickson Profar. Lee struck out Andy Parrino looking.
“I really beared down on some tough pitches, especially after the leadoff double,” Lee told truebluela.com. “I got myself out of a jam there, which was really a confidence boost going into the second inning.”
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly told truebluela.com that “Zach’s just one of those guys who looks like he belongs, in the clubhouse, around the field. He does everything well. He’s got a clean delivery, we feel like he’ll be able to throw the ball where he wants. I just like his composure, and pretty much everything about him.”
Lee, a former LSU football signee at quarterback, went the baseball route and secured a $5.25 million signing bonus in 2010. He is in his first big league camp. He has never pitched higher than Double-A, where he won 10 games last season for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.
For a nice profile of Lee by the Los Angeles Times, please click here.