I am more than happy to admit I was wrong when I called out Dodgers ownership/management for their selection of LSU football signee Zach Lee. While it was widely assumed that the team punted the pick to avoid a hefty signing bonus, the team insisted they selected the right-hander based solely on his talent and they backed up their words on Monday by securing him with a whopping bonus (rumored to be between 5-6 million).
The multi-talented Lee is an elite talent as a quarterback, pitcher and student. The Dodgers had to bowl him over in order to skip college, but his upside was deemed worthwhile.
His signing continues a Dodgers trend towards high school pitchers under scouting guru Logan White. White hit the bullseye on Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw, further emboldening the team’s draft strategy. He also scored with 2009 1st rounder Aaron Miller, who has developed into a top prospect as well. The team’s strong financial committment towards Zach Lee is a promising indicator of his talent.