Brooks Lee Guide
The Twins selected Brooks Lee with the No. 8 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. Here’s everything you need to know about Lee, MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 prospect entering the draft.
Main position: SS
Size weight: 6 feet 2 inches, 205 pounds.
Date of Birth: February 14, 2001 (21 on draft day)
High school: San Luis Obispo High School (California)
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California
Middle School: Cal Poly
He played for his dad in college
Although he was projected as an early pick in high school, Lee chose to go to school. And not just any school. Lee decided to perform for his father and attend Cal Poly. Larry Lee served as the Mustangs head coach for 20 seasons, leading the school to 10 30-win campaigns during that span.
“It’s awesome,” Lee said of playing for his dad in an interview with MLB Tonight. “The best decision I’ve ever made in my life. It was a big decision and I’ve never looked back. I enjoyed every moment, even when he yelled at me on the pitch – constantly .
Lee was ultimately selected by the Giants in the 35th round of the 2019 draft, but his decision was already made.
He comes from a baseball family
The family connection to baseball does not end with his father’s coaching career.
Two of Brooks’ uncles (Larry’s brothers) played professional baseball in the Giants organization. San Francisco selected Terry Lee in the first round from San Luis Obispo High School in 1974 while Mike Lee signed a free agent contract with the Giants in 1973 after attending Santa Clara.
Tom Lee, Brooks’ grandfather, is also a sports figure. He has coached basketball, boxing, football and, of course, baseball at Cal Poly and is a member of the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame.
He suffered a nearly career-ending injury in his freshman year
It’s a wonder Lee still plays baseball. In October 2019, Lee broke his lateral knee collateral ligament and biceps femoris hamstring muscle while running a ground ball in a preseason game. Lee said doctors told him there had only been a few dozen such injuries in recent history.
With his baseball career in jeopardy, Lee underwent surgery and miraculously recovered in time for the 2020 season.
“As bad as it sounds, I feel like I got better from it,” Brooks said in an interview with D1Baseball.com. “I completely changed my body and I’m grateful for it now.”
He has a deep connection to his hometown
Not only was attending Cal Poly a decision to play for his father, but it was also a choice to stay in his beloved hometown of San Luis Obispo, the charming vacation destination near California’s central coast. Lee was born and raised in SLO. He went to San Luis Obispo High School, as did his father and uncles.
So when given the chance to stay in the one city he called home, he jumped at the chance, passing on millions of dollars from Major League teams and scholarship offers from major programs. college baseball.
It is named after a Hall of Famer
Coming from a baseball family, it’s no surprise that Lee’s first name has a baseball connection.
After considering “Brock” and “Major”, his father, Larry, decided to name him after Baltimore Orioles great and Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson.
Brooks grew up wearing Robinson Orioles t-shirts. With Baltimore making the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, Lee has a shot at becoming the next big “Brooks” to lead the Orioles on the court.
He has an exceptional punching tool
Lee has potential five-tool talent in the big leagues, but his batting abilities stand out. Scouts rated Lee’s contact skills well above average with a solid chance to compete for a batting title one day.
Not only does he constantly make hard contact, Lee rarely punches and is known to walk around. Lee has received 46 free passes this season while taking out only 28 times. Whoever takes Lee this month can get the next best clean hitter in baseball.