With volume two of our Baltimore Orioles draft profiles, we will be looking at Brooks Lee, MLB Pipelines No.5 overall prospect out of Cal Poly.
Druw Jones and Termarr Johnson are the hot prospects lately, but Brooks Lee could very quickly establish himself as the Baltimore Orioles’ next Manny Machado. Lee might not be the name that fans around Charm City want to hear called in a few weeks, but he very well could be.
Scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
Brooks Lee can easily hit from both sides of the plate, which adds a bonus to anyone looking for a power-hitting shortstop. He has the size you want for modern-day short stops and looks the part. Much like Manny or Cal, he quickly reacts to a bigger guy and can easily play his position.
Lee’s most prominent flaw would be his baserunning, but he is still green enough to work through that issue in his game. We talked about Mike Elias going under in his draft picks when we broke down Termarr Johnson, and Lee is right there when it comes to that same kind of pick for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Baltimore Orioles Draft Profiles Vol. 2: Brooks Lee
A neat aspect of Brooks Lee’s story is how he got here. He was a highly toughed prospect out of High School but chose to go to college and play for his father at Cal Poly. His father, Larry Lee, has been a staple at Cal Poly for 20 years, winning at least 30 games in ten seasons. It was an easy choice for Brooks and, if anything, made him mature and got better.
Another incredible gem of info is finding out who Brooks Lee was named after. None other than the Baltimore Orioles great, Brooks Robinson. From Lee rocking an O’s t-shirt as a kid to wearing the jersey would be a dream come true for the 21-year-old shortstop.
Much like Termarr Johnson, if the Baltimore Orioles do not select him at No.1, he will most likely fall a bit down the draft order. This has nothing to do with his skills. However, more or less just an option of need for the other teams.