Another step has been taken in Zach Lee’s Major League Baseball career and this time it is a major step backwards.
The Dodgers’ first-round pick back in 2010 has not amounted to what was expected from Lee in the few years after the Dodgers had drafted him.
After continued failure in the Dodgers’ organization, Zach Lee was moved to the Seattle Mariners on June 19, 2016, for Chris Taylor, who was Seattle’s own in-house “failure”.
After failing to impress anyone in the Mariners organization for the short half of a season that he was with them in 2016. Lee was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres in December of 2016, and he has spent his entire 2017 as a member of the Padres organization.
Word has officially come out today from Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune that Zach Lee has officially been released by the San Diego Padres:
RHP Zach Lee was released. He was with @epchihuahuas.
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) August 15, 2017
Meanwhile, on the Dodgers’ end, Chris Taylor looks like the biggest steal of Andrew Friedman’s entire career. There were a lot of armchair GMs that believed trading away Zach Lee would be the biggest mistake that the organization had ever made. They are silent now.
Chris Taylor has over 350 at-bats as a Dodger this season, posting a .307 batting average, a .927 OPS and an unbelievable 17 home runs. Moves like these are what makes fans want to pay attention to. Small moves could eventually have big payoffs.