MLB.com released their 2014 Top 100 Prospects list. Writers Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis ranked the minor league talent and former Stone Crab Hak-Ju Lee was the only Stone Crab to make the list, coming in at 84.
Here’s what the writers say about Lee:
“Lee’s game is built around speed. More of a slap hitter, he slashes balls the other way and lets his speed do the work to get on base. He is a threat to steal and has swiped 30 bases three times in the Minor Leagues. His speed helps him defensively as well. He has excellent range, soft hands and a strong arm. He has the potential to be a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop.”
Lee was with the Triple-A Durham Bulls in 2012 where is season was cut short by a knee injury.
He spent much of the 2011 season with the Stone Crabs where he hit .318 with 16 double, 11 triple, 4 homers and had 28 stolen bases in 97 games. He was a FSL All-Star for the Stone Crabs and represented the Rays in the All-Star Futures Game.