David Lee

Born: September 13, 1995
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 27th Round, 808th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Florida
Agent: N/A


Lee went to Florida International University and Santa Fe College for his first two years in college.  His history shows some good K rates with control problems.  Lee pitched in a swing role for FIU in 2015, posting a 4.42 ERA and 1.64 WHIP, with 39 strikeouts and 20 walks in 36.2 IP.  In 2016, he started 14 games for Santa Fe and posted an ERA of 4.00 with 58 strikeouts and 41 walks in 54 innings.  It was enough to get him drafted by the Giants in a late round, but he didn’t sign.  Lee threw only two innings for NCAA champion Florida in 2017, one on March 10th and one more on May 27th.  He hit three batters and threw a wild pitch in the latter game.  It’s not clear whether he was hurt the rest of the time.  The Pirates signed Lee about a week and a half after the college world series ended.  The main draw with him is a slow curve that has a lot of break.  His fastball is in the upper-80s.  Presumably, he’ll be something of a project.

R:  0-1-2, 5.82 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 17.0 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Lee pitched in relief in the GCL and didn’t get great results, although it probably wasn’t bad considering how little he’d pitched all year.  He showed the big breaking curve, but his fastball was very hittable.  His control was mostly fine, but sometimes erratic.

Lee is a very high-risk prospect who has some promise due to the curve.  He seems to have made some progress already with his control and if he does well in fall instructionals and spring training he could move up to Bristol or Morgantown.

2018: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round, 1145th overall pick.
June 14, 2017:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round, 808th overall pick; signed on July 3.