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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 sent INF Hak-Ju Lee outright to Triple-A Durham.
The former top prospect passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to provide organizational infield depth for the Rays. He's hitting just .220/.303/.304 with three homers and 27 RBI on the season at Triple-A Durham. Sep 5 - 9:04 AM

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Rays designated INF Hak-Ju Lee for assignment.

Lee was once considered a top-100 prospect, but the 24-year-old hit just .220/.303/.304 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 96 games this season for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.
Sep 1 - 4:32 PM

Rays optioned INFs Hak-Ju Lee and RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Durham, optioned C Justin O'Connor, LHP Grayson Garvin and INF Ryan Brett to Double-A Montgomery and reassigned RHP Dylan Floro, C Luke Maile and LHP Robert Zarate to minor league camp.

As with most early rounds of cuts, there are no real surprises here. The former top prospect Lee could finally be ready to make his big league debut at some point during the 2015 season. Dominguez, who cam over from the Dodgers in the Joel Peralta trade, should see some time in the Rays bullpen this season as well.
Mar 15 - 4:29 PM

Hak-Ju Lee hit a two-run homer and doubled Wednesday in the Rays' 5-2 victory over the Twins.

Once a top prospect, Lee was limited to 15 games in 2013 by a knee injury and was a total bust after returning last year, hitting just .203/.287/.276 in 315 at-bats in Triple-A. As a result, he didn't enter camp with any real chance of winning a job, even with the Rays' middle-infield situation in flux. One nice game won't change that, but it would be great for the franchise if he regains his stroke and succeeds in Triple-A. He definitely offers more of a glove at short than either Asdrubal Cabrera or Nick Franklin.
Mar 11 - 5:18 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

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.
Sat, May 31, 2014 09:53:00 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.
Sun, May 11, 2014 10:59:00 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.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:45:00 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.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 04:19:00 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.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 09:44:00 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.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:42:00 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.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 04:23:00 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.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 10:13:00 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

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