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Hak-Ju Lee | Shortstop

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 170
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee went 3-for-5 with a double on Monday, raising his season line to .228/.313/.290.
Lee hit well in May, hitting .261/.363/.341 with a 14:15 walk to strikeout ratio, but has stumbled in June, hitting .228/.267/.281 with three walks and 17 strikeouts. He has been inconsistent after missing all of 2013, and his lack of power has allowed pitchers in Double-A and Triple-A to shut him down. Jun 17 - 11:41 AM

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Rays prospect shortstop Hak-Ju Lee went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base on Friday for Triple-A Durham.

Lee is hitting .324/.342/.459 with two doubles, one home run, and three stolen bases over his past nine games, raising his season line to .238/.342/.307. Lee missed a full season, so it could take a while for him to get back to his career line of .287/.363/.384. He is a defense-first shortstop who could hit .280 with 20-plus stolen bases and very little power.
May 31 - 9:53 AM

Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee went 3-for-6 with a double on Saturday, raising his season line to .214/.327/.262 for Triple-A Durham.

Through his first 11 games, Lee was hitting just .111/.250/.148, but he is in the midst of a four game hit streak, during which he has hit .400/.471/.467 with his first two stolen bases of the season. It seems that Lee is finally feeling comfortable.
May 11 - 10:59 AM

Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee picked up his first hit of season for Triple-A Durham on Saturday.

Lee missed all of last year after tearing ligaments in his knee, and missed the first few weeks of 2014 with a calf strain on the same leg. When he got hurt, he was on the doorstep of the major leagues, ready to become the full time shortstop for the Rays. Since then, the Rays have extended Yunel Escobar, which could either push Lee to a utility role or make him trade bait. He's a great defensive shortstop who could hit .280 with 20-plus doubles and 20-plus stolen bases, so he could bring value no matter where he plays.
Apr 27 - 10:45 AM

Hak-Ju Lee was activated from the Triple-A disabled list.

Lee wound up missing a little over three weeks with a left calf strain. The 23-year-old infield prospect should make his major league debut at some point in 2014.
Apr 22 - 4:19 PM

Hak-Ju Lee has been diagnosed with a left calf strain and will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks.

Lee suffered the calf strain on Saturday in Rays camp. It's completely unrelated to the knee injury that cost him the majority of the 2013 season and he should be getting regular playing time in Triple-A by the end of April. Lee, a highly-rated shortstop prospect, is likely to make his major league debut at some point in 2014.
Mar 24 - 9:44 AM

Hak-Ju Lee will undergo an MRI on his surgically repaired left knee that he tweaked Saturday.

Lee, a top prospect, says he's fine and Rays manager Joe Maddon called the check-up "precautionary." The 23-year-old had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee last April. He'll begin the season on the farm, but could work his way up to Tampa this summer if his game returns quickly from the one-year hiatus.
Mar 23 - 11:42 AM

Hak-Ju Lee is fine after tweaking his surgically repaired knee Saturday.

Lee had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee last April, but he's been in camp with the Rays this spring. The 23-year-old won't break camp with the team, but he could find himself in Tampa sometime this summer. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Saturday's incident isn't considered to be anything serious, so he may just get a few days off.
Mar 22 - 4:23 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon noted Sunday that he's been impressed by Hak-Ju Lee thus far in spring camp.

The 23-year-old shortstop is working his way back from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, which limited him to only 15 games at Triple-A Durham in 2013. One of the top prospects in baseball, Lee should debut with the Rays at some point in 2014.
Feb 23 - 10:13 PM

Rays prospect infielder Hak-Ju Lee will likely require season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Lee suffered torn ligaments in his knee Saturday during a collision at second base. He's in Port Charlotte on Monday and will soon meet with team physician Dr. Koco Eaton, but surgery is the expected outcome. It's too bad, as the 22-year-old appeared on track to make his major league debut later this year. Now it will have to wait.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee suffered torn ligaments in his left knee Saturday in a game at Triple-A Durham.

The young shortstop is unlikely to return this season, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. It's a tough blow for Lee, who was hitting .419 through Durham's first 14 games. He is one of the Rays' top prospects, and it's only a matter of time before his defense gets him to the major leagues. Unfortunately, that debut will now likely be delayed until 2014.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 10:42:00 PM

Rays optioned SS Hak-Ju Lee to Triple-A Durham.

Acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal, Lee batted .261/.336/.360 with four home runs, 37 RBI, 37 stolen bases and a .696 OPS in Double-A last season. The Rays view him as their shortstop of the future, but he figures to spend most of 2013 at the Triple-A level.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of SS Hak-Ju Lee from Double-A Montgomery.

He's now on the 40-man roster. The Rays love Lee's defense, but he's yet to progress with the bat as hoped, having put up a disappointing .261/.336/.360 batting line with four homers and 37 steals at Double-A.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 11:13:00 PM

Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee has been placed on the Single-A disabled list due to chicken pox.

Lee will miss the next couple of weeks while he recovers. Acquired in this winter's Matt Garza trade, he batted .282 with a .354 on-base percentage in the minors last season and projects as a potential major league starting shortstop. He will open 2011 at Single-A Charlotte.
Tue, Apr 5, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was sent from the Cubs to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal.

Starlin Castro made Lee expendable in Chicago, but the 20-year-old projects as a fine starting starting shortstop. He hit .282/.354/.361 in low-A ball last year, and some power should come with age. He's not going to help the Rays before 2013, but he might be the most valuable player to come out of this deal.
Sat, Jan 8, 2011 05:57:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser