Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee, the club’s top prospect at the position, tore ligaments in his knee in a collision at second base on Saturday. According to Baseball America correspondent Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Lee will likely miss the rest of the season.
With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Lee was attempting to turn a double play on a ground ball hit by L.J. Hoes to second baseman Tim Beckham. Beckham tried to quickly backhand the ball to Lee with a flip instead of setting and throwing. That led to a high throw that forced Lee to stretch out for the ball. Travis Ishikawa’s face collided with Lee’s left knee. Lee immediately fell to the ground writing in pain and had to be carried off the field.
Lee was hitting .422/.536/.600 with six stolen bases for Triple-A Durham in 45 at-bats. It was an impressive start for Lee, whose best attributes are plus defense at shortstop and plus speed on the basepaths.