MLB Draft: Kansas City Royals draft Flint Hill’s Khalil Lee in the third round

Khalil Lee (MLB Draft)

Flint Hill’s Khalil Lee was picked by the World Series champions Kansas City Royals in the third round of the MLB Draft.

This season, Lee dominated on the mound and at the plate. The left-handed pitcher went 7-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Offensively, the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year hit .471, belted six home runs and drove in 37 runs. Lee worked out with the Royals and the San Diego Padres prior to the draft. Lee recently received First Team All-Met honors by  the Washington Post. 

Here is what a scouting report on MLB.com said about the Liberty University signee;

An athletic two-way player many initially thought more of as an outfield prospect, Lee has been getting much more traction on the mound, a combination of concerns about his ability to make contact at the plate and his improvements as a left-handed starter.

While Lee is just 5-foot-10, he is a terrific athlete with a delivery that works. He’s seen his velocity spike, topping out at 94 mph. Reports of that had scouts who had seen him as a hitter previously run back in to see him throw. He backs up his fastball with a solid average slider and a developing changeup. He has shown an ability to stay around the strike zone.

Some see Lee as a future reliever, like a Tony Sipp, himself a former position player, though Lee has a stronger lower half than Sipp. A team that wants to take a chance on the Liberty commit’s athleticism and fresh arm could take him in the top five rounds.

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