Lee (hand) was invited to the Royals' major-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Lee suffered a broken right hand playing winter ball, which could limit him initially during spring training, but he'll get the chance to develop with the major-league coaching staff during camp. The 21-year-old was second in the minors last season with 53 stolen bases, but he'll need to work on lifting the ball more to become more effective. Lee probably won't open the season on the major-league roster, but he could make his debut sometime in 2020 if he can further develop.
Lee suffered a broken right hand while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. A borderline top-100 prospect, Lee hit .222 with one home run and five strikeouts in five games for Mayaguez. He should be healthy for the start of the season but may be limited initially in spring training.
Lee went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a double, a stolen base and a run scored Friday against the Reds. Lee has been impressive in limited at-bats this spring, as he's now 4-for-5 at the dish. Both of his RBI came in the fifth inning of Friday's exhibition on a single to right field. Lee is ranked as Kansas City's top fantasy prospect, although he hit an unimpressive .245 with two homers and 10 RBI through 29 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, which is where he's expected to begin his 2019 campaign.
Lee was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Northwest Arkansas with back soreness, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The Royals do not believe the issue to be a significant one, but they'll give the young outfielder a chance to rest. The 20-year-old is hitting .245/.330/.353 in 29 games since he was promoted to Double-A.
Lee was moved up to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. Lee was hitting .270/.402/.406 with four home runs, 41 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 71 games for High-A Wilmington this season. The outfielder continues is just 20 years of age and it's likely that he will need some seasoning at the higher levels in the minors before heading to the big leagues. Expect to see him remain at Double-A for the rest of the 2018 campaign.
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