Korey Lee
Houston Astros – No. 38
Catcher
Born: (1998-07-25) July 25, 1998 (age 23)
Escondido, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 2022, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through July 1, 2022)
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams

Korey Bryan Lee (born July 25, 1998) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.

Amateur career

Lee attended Vista High School in Vista, California. As a senior in 2016, he hit .407 with 21 RBIs.[1] He was not drafted in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft out of high school, and he then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where he played college baseball for the California Golden Bears.

In 2017, Lee's freshman season at California, he appeared in 28 games (making 18 starts), batting .277 with three RBIs.[2][3] After the season, he played in the Northwoods League.[4] As a sophomore in 2018, he played in 36 games, making 28 starts, hitting .238 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. He returned to play in the Northwoods League that summer, hitting .283 with six home runs and 44 RBIs in 57 games.[5] Lee broke out as a junior in 2019, slashing .339/.415/.613 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs over fifty games, earning a spot on the Pac-12 First Team.[6][7]

Professional career

Lee was selected by the Houston Astros with the 32nd overall pick of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.[8] He signed for $1.75 million, and made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League, with whom he spent the whole season.[9][10] Over 64 games, Lee slashed .268/.359/.371 with three home runs, 28 RBIs, and eight stolen bases.[11]

Lee did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[12] To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Asheville Tourists of the High-A East.[13] After slashing .330/.397/.459 with three home runs and 14 RBIs over 29 games, he was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Double-A Central on June 14.[14] In mid-August, he was placed on the injured list with an oblique strain, and was activated in early September.[15] Over fifty games with the Hooks, Lee hit .254/.320/.443 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.[16] After the end to Corpus Christi's season, Lee was promoted to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Triple-A West, and played in nine games with them.[17] Lee ended the 2021 season with a combined .277/.340/.438 slash line with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs over 88 games between the three clubs.[18] He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs after the season.[19] He returned to Sugar Land to begin the 2022 season.[20].

On July 1, 2022, the Astros selected Lee's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[21] He made his MLB debut that night as a pinch hitter for Martín Maldonado versus the Los Angeles Angels and was retired on a pop-up.[22]

References

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  3. ^ "Korey Lee - Baseball". University of California Golden Bears Athletics.
  4. ^ noah.fish@lee.net, NOAH FISH. "Loggers finding their consistencies". La Crosse Tribune. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  5. ^ Tribune, SARAH WAARA La Crosse. "La Crosse Loggers: Korey Lee, teammates bond over long road trip". La Crosse Tribune. Archived from the original on 2021-02-08. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
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  12. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Canceled".
  13. ^ Steve Schaeffer (2021-05-03). "At long last, Astros' minor leaguers ready to play ball". Houstonchronicle.com. Archived from the original on 2021-05-14. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  14. ^ "Astros' Korey Lee: Earns promotion to Double-A". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on 2021-06-27. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  15. ^ "Astros' Korey Lee: Lands on injured list". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  16. ^ "Astros' Korey Lee: Bumped up to Triple-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  17. ^ Chandler Rome (2021-09-20). "Astros promote catcher prospect Korey Lee to AAA Sugar Land". Houstonchronicle.com. Archived from the original on 2021-09-21. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
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  19. ^ "Arizona Fall League rosters 2021 prospect loaded". MLB.com. Archived 2021-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
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  21. ^ Young, Matt (July 1, 2022). "Astros calling up former first-round pick Korey Lee". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  22. ^ "Javier fans career-high 14 to lead Astros over Angels 8–1". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 1, 2022. Retrieved July 1, 2022.