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 left Saturday's game against Double-A San Antonio after he was in hit in the head with a pitch.
Lee, who was promoted to Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, was replaced by a pinch runner. The Royals should provide an update on their well-known prospect in the near future.
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.
Lee is hitting .283/.450/.483 with two home runs, six steals (on six attempts) and career-best 21.3 percent walk and 26.3 percent strikeout rates for High-A Wilmington.
Most evaluators haven't clocked him as a true plus runner, but perhaps his instincts on the bases have improved, as he was just 20-for-38 on the basepaths last year at Low-A. Lee's patience at the plate and power potential also stand out for a 19-year-old at High-A. He is the third-youngest hitter in the Carolina League and ranks fourth in the league with a 169 wRC+.
Lee slashed .237/.344/.430 with 171 strikeouts over 121 games in his first season with Low-A Lexington.
A third-round pick in 2016, the outfielder's 2017 had its ups and downs. Despite a poor average and enormous strikeout rate, Lee managed to lead the South Atlantic League in home runs (17) and runs scored (71). His 20 stolen bases ranked second in the league, yet he was thrown out a league-high 18 times. Needless to say, Lee's game needs some polishing before he'll be ready for MiLB's higher levels, but he showed really impressive power for a teenager in a full-season league.
Lee, 19, is hitting .235/.341/.420 with 14 home runs, 52 RBI and 19 steals through 104 games for Low-A Lexington.
Whether Lee can hit for average at the higher levels will be the item to watch as he ascends the ranks in the minors, paired with his ability to make consistent contact. Lee has fanned a staggering 156 times in those 104 games. Still, his emerging power and raw speed make him a prospect to watch for the Royals.
Lee went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run in eight games for Low-A Lexington on Monday, and he's now tied for second place in the South Atlantic League with 11 blasts this year, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
Last year's third-round pick is slashing .244/.333/.451 through his first 54 games as a professional. Lee, 18, has illustrated fine speed with 13 stolen bases, although he's also been caught nine times. The biggest knock on the 18-year-old would be his propensity to swing and miss, as he's got 83 strikeouts over 213 at-bats.
Lee, playing in his first full-season league, is slashing .262/.389/.467 through 29 games with Low-A Lexington.
The Royals' No. 3 prospect has wasted no time stuffing the stat sheet early in the 2017 campaign, proving he may be ready to jump levels sooner rather than later. Lee already has five home runs, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored. He also leads the team in stolen bases (nine) and walks (20).