The San Diego Padres have claimed right-handed pitcher Zach Lee off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Lee, a former 2010 first round draft pick (28th pick overall) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will try to compete for a starting spot in the Friars’ rotation.
The Padres claimed RHP Zach Lee off waivers from Seattle. Former Dodgers first-rounder was drafted by Padres exec Logan White.
— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) December 13, 2016
The Texas native had one brief stint in the majors, posting a 13.50 ERA in 4.2 innings pitched. Lee has spent the last two years bouncing between the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Tacoma Rainiers.
The odds of Lee making the rotation will be long and he is more likely to be a long reliever. He is an excellent project for Padres’ pitching coach Darren Balsley. The 6’3″ 195 pound hurler has not pitched successfully higher than Double-A for any significant amount of time. The signing of Lee has some Padres’ fans discontented with the lack of big-name free agent signings thus far.
@Padres claim righty Zach Lee another questionable Pitcher! In 2016, Lee scuffled to a 6.14 ERA.
— Jeff Weber (@PadresCowboys) December 13, 2016
a very Padres move. If there's anywhere he can recoup value its PETCO “@Buster_ESPN: The Padres claimed pitcher Zach Lee on waivers.”
— Haggy (@lhagfors33) December 13, 2016
Zach Lee may earn a spot on the 40-man roster barring any further signings. It is still early and A.J. Preller is surely still kicking tires on veteran starting pitchers to add to the 2017 rotation. Stay tuned.