Seems passing on that chance to be an LSU quarterback might have been a wise decision for right-hander Zach Lee. On Friday the Dodgers named Lee as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Scott Schebler, an outfielder who hit 27 home runs for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, was named the Minor League Player of the Year.
Lee was a first-round draft pick in 2010 who had fallen to 28th overall because he had enrolled at LSU to play quarterback. Most figured he could not be signed.
In his third season in the minors, Lee went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA at double-A Chattanooga. Lee, 22, had 131 strikeouts in 142 2/3 innings with a 1.17 WHIP.
Schebler may prove a late bloomer. He was taken on the 26th round in the same draft as Lee, out of Iowa’s Des Moines Area Community College.
In his fourth minor league season, Schebler led Rancho with a .296 batting average, and had 91 RBI, 95 runs and 13 triples. He was the only Dodgers’ minor leaguer to hit 20 or more doubles, 10 or more triples and 20 or more homers.
Schebler, who turns 23 next month, had an 18-game hitting streak and 16 stolen bases.
Lee and Schebler are scheduled to be honored with their Branch Rickey awards prior to Sunday’s regular-season finale at Dodger Stadium.