Twins' Brooks Lee Open To Anything To Share The Field With Correa
Shortstop Brooks Lee ranked as the top college hitter in the 2022 draft class. He landed with the Twins at No. 8 overall and then climbed to Double-A Wichita barely two months after being drafted.
It speaks volumes for a player so young that, soon after the Twins re-signed all-star shortstop Carlos Correa, "What does this mean for Brooks Lee?" became one of the most frequently asked questions.
“I’ve already been talking to Carlos for a while, and I’m ready to get on the field with him," Lee said. “What a great player. He’s my idol right now. To have him on the field with me and teach me and talk through things, that’s all I can ask for.”
So far, Lee has been everything the Twins could dream. A coach’s son who starred at Cal Poly, the 21-year-old had a distinguished amateur career that included standout stints in the Cape Cod League and with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team.
Lee quickly responded to the Twins' aggressive placement—directly to High-A Cedar Rapids—by overwhelming Midwest League pitchers.
Lee hit .289/.395/.454 in 25 games, offset his 18 strikeouts with 16 walks and earned a promotion to Wichita—where he’ll begin 2023—in time for the Texas League playoffs.
“We wanted to keep pushing him, and he never flinched,” Twins vice president for player development Jeremy Zoll said. “There’s a blend of skills and talent there. We feel really confident he’ll hit for average, and believe power will come, but the professionalism was off the charts.
"The way he takes care of his body, prepares to play—he had already mastered a lot of the things we try to teach young guys.”
So with Correa in the fold for another six years, where will Lee play?
“Wherever they want,” Lee said. “Carlos is a great leader, and it would be a thrill to play next to him. I’ll do whatever I need to do to help the team.”