With the Braves holding a big lead last night, I thought we would get out first look at Dylan Lee. As I pointed out on Twitter, it’s strange to see that he hasn’t gotten a chance yet — his numbers would indicate he has been pretty damn good:
Shocked Dylan Lee hasn't gotten a look sooner, especially as a lefty. Hasn't played in the majors yet, but nice numbers in the minors:
2018: 62 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, .481 OPSA
2019: 58.2 IP, 2.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .671 OPSA, 13 SV
2021: 45.2 IP, 1.58 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, .521 OPSA
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) September 22, 2021
However, box score stats can be deceiving. What does his makeup look like? I’ve included a few clips, then I’ll talk about his pitch mix and habits.
This Dylan Lee profile is coming along well 😍 pic.twitter.com/cKDvBjB8Ow
— Ely Sussman (@RealEly) August 1, 2018
— Dinuba Emperors Baseball (@DinubaBaseball) August 14, 2021
Another great outing by @DRLee45 today.
He had now lowered his ERA to 1.48 on the year. Here is Dylan striking out Cardinals top prospect Nolan Gorman on three pitches. pic.twitter.com/z5uTeAL9vD
— Dinuba Emperors Baseball (@DinubaBaseball) September 4, 2021
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 2, 2021
As you can see, Lee has a pretty compact delivery, possessing a pretty standard four-seam fastball, curveball, and changeup pitch mix. This is the scouting report Baseball America provided before he was drafted in 2016:
Lee transferred from JC of the Sequoias, where he was a juco ace, before spending the last two seasons at Fresno State. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder made just five starts in two years and was the team’s top reliever as a senior with six saves. He has a good fastball that reaches 93 mph but lacks a putaway secondary pitch.
So far, at least in the minors, he has shown that he belongs. Hopefully, that can carry over to Atlanta because Lee could prove to be a huge weapon.