At some point of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers may not be too content with starting Dan Haren or Paul Maholm every five days. Los Angeles may need to look into its farm system to find a major-league ready pitcher to fill in just in case either pitcher does not pan out. Luckily for the Dodgers, Zach Lee will be ready to go once the time comes.
Although Lee is being hurt by a lat strain which caused him to miss two bullpen sessions, it has been considered a minor injury. Lee just wants to get healthy and is not looking to rush into Spring Training workouts because it is so early.
He is coming off a good year in the Dodgers’ minor league system. He was named the team’s 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He spent all of his time in double-A Chattanooga, where he went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA and a 8.3 K/9 in 28 games. The goal for Lee this year is to win a starting rotation spot. However, his case for the spot looks harder with Maholm, Haren and eventually Josh Beckett all standing in his way.
Lee will make the trip to the Dodgers’ camp in February along with another top prospect in Joc Pederson. If Lee can really come out of the gate and pitch well, he will give himself a better opportunity to get into the rotation. However, with the way the Dodgers are set up right now, it does not seem likely for him to break camp with Los Angeles.