The strength of the Dodgers' farm system is pitching, with none better than 20-year-old righthander Zach Lee. The Dodgers' No. 1 prospect was outstanding tonight in his first start in the high Class A California League, where he struck out five and walked one with only one hit allowed in five shutout innings, all done with a 14 mph wind blowing out to right field at Rancho Cucamonga.
Some of the Dodgers' other recent first-round picks, like righthanders Chris Withrow (2007) and Ethan Martin (2008), have had difficulty taming the hitter-friendly Cal League, but Lee is more polished than those two were at the same stage of their careers and should be able to have more success than some of his predecessors. Lee has good stuff but he didn't post overpowering strikeout numbers last year (91 in 109 innings with low Class A Great Lakes), so the fact that all five of his whiffs were swinging strikeouts has to be another encouraging early indicator.
Here's some video from his start tonight:
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