In a bit of a mild surprise, Cal junior Korey Lee (who is ranked just outside the top 100 prospects list by most publications) is selected late in the first round as the 32nd overall pick to the Houston Astros. This was the last pick of the first round (which included three teams having picks for failing to sign players from the previous draft) before the compensation picks.
1 (32): @astros select California (CA) C Korey Lee. https://t.co/QYitlqYqWM #MLBDraft— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 4, 2019
Lee, who hit a homer in the Fayetteville Regional this past weekend, shares the team lead in homerun with Andrew Vaughn at 15. He put up a slashline of 0.338 batting average/ 0.419 on-base percentage/ 0.626 slugging percentage in 2019.
Yep, that was our catcher, Korey Lee, going 32nd overall to the @astros! Quite a first draft day for #CalBaseball!! #ProBears pic.twitter.com/BbBDz4HE5K— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) June 4, 2019
Defensively, Lee is known for a strong arm even if he can probably improve his ability to block pitches. Korey Lee is the 3rd catcher (all from college) to be selected in the 2019 MLB Draft after the top overall pick Adley Rutschman from Oregon State to the Baltimore Orioles and Shea Langeliers form Baylor going to the Atlanta Braves as the 9th overall pick.
Here's a look at what the @astros got to see from Korey Lee this season before making him the 32nd overall pick last night. #CalBaseball #ProBears pic.twitter.com/tsZ8sAno4M— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) June 4, 2019
Congratulations to Korey on being drafted and best of luck to him in the pros!