Twins Select Brooks Lee #8 Overall – Twins

Long-term, Lee’s bat will play anywhere, profiling more as a pure hitter than a masher. He’s grown to 6′ 2 and over 200 pounds, so it’s less likely he will stick at shortstop and eventually move to third base, where he easily has enough arm to survive. He doesn’t fit the typical power profile as a third baseman, but could be a very good second baseman as well.

Regardless, he checks so many of the boxes the Twins are looking for. Great bat-to-ball skills, could unlock more power and has defensive versatility.

The draft slot associated with the 8th pick is $5,439,500.

You can read Jamie Cameron’s profile on Brooks Lee here.

Baseball America’s scouting report, ranked second overall:

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The son of Cal Poly coach and renowned hitting guru Larry Lee, Brooks has long been an elite hitter and would have been a top-50 pick out of high school if not for his strong commitment to play for his father in college. A hamstring injury and the coronavirus pandemic limited him to two at-bats as a freshman, but he lived up to his reputation as a premium hitter once play resumed. Lee hit .342 to win Big West Conference co-player of the year as a redshirt freshman and torched the Cape Cod League with a .405/.432/.677 slash line for Yarmouth-Dennis in the summer. He followed with a standout showing for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team and hit .357 with 15 home runs and a 1.125 OPS this spring, all career highs. Lee is a gifted switch-hitter with exceptional hitting ability. He takes short, balanced swings with elite bat speed from the left side and laces balls hard to all fields. His righthanded swing isn’t as fluid or powerful, but he has the hand-eye coordination to make consistent contact and spray balls around the field. He has elite strike-zone discipline, crushes fastballs and drives pitches in all parts of the zone, projecting as a potential plus-plus hitter. He has rarely faced good breaking stuff and will need to prove he can handle that. Lee has bulked up as he’s matured and is now a physical specimen with strong legs, broad shoulders and a chiseled torso. His strength and knack for barreling balls give him at least average power potential and likely more. Lee is an instinctive defender who positions himself well at shortstop and converts the routine plays with his reliable hands and above-average, accurate arm, but his bulk and below-average speed limit his range. He projects to move to second or third base, where he should be an average defender. Lee’s only major concern is his health. He missed time with multiple back injuries in high school and had hamstring surgery as a true freshman. His physical, maxed-out frame raises concerns about how his body will age. Even so, Lee’s premium hitting ability makes him a likely top-five pick in the draft. As long as he stays healthy, he projects to be a switch-hitting infielder who hits for average and power in the top half of a lineup.

MLB.com’s scouting report, where he ranked 5th overall:

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Talk to any scout about the switch-hitting infielder and the first thing that comes up are his otherworldly bat-to-ball skills. He almost never strikes out and has made consistent hard contact everywhere he’s been, including his 21-game stretch with a wood bat on the Cape, where he hit .405/.432/.667 with six homers in just 84 at-bats. He can drive the ball from both sides of the plate and as he’s gotten more physical, it’s easy to project him having better-than-average power in the future.

That physicality will mean he’s very likely to move off of shortstop at the next level, with third the most likely destination to take advantage of his above-average arm. As the son of a coach, he thinks like one on the field and plays like a veteran, giving more certainty that he’s going to maximize all of his tools as a pro.

ESPN’s scouting report, where he ranked 6th:

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Lee was a fringe first-rounder out of high school but had a back issue that scared teams off from meeting his number. He has done nothing but hit and play shortstop effectively both for Cal Poly and in the summers, but every scout I’ve spoken with thinks he’ll quickly slide over to third base in pro ball.

Lee also doesn’t have the plus mobility/bat speed/raw power that you want to see at a top pick and he didn’t play in an elite conference, but he’s a slam-dunk everyday bat who gives you some defensive value.

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