Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (South Korea) on February 3, 2016 (SEA).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2015 SEASON STATS: Hit .282 for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League with 31 HRs, 98 RBIs, 30 doubles and a .524 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Originally in camp as a non-roster invitee, he had his contract purchased from Tacoma (Triple-A) on March 27.
MLB Debut Date: 4/4/2016
|April 4 in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Pinch-hitting for center fielder Leonys Martin in the seventh inning, he struck out swinging against Cole Hamels.|
|A 15-year veteran of international baseball, playing four years for Orix in Japan and another 11 in his native South Korea, the big power-hitting Lee combined for a .303 average and .514 SLG in Japan with some highlights including his 2010 season at Lotte when he hit a personal-best .364 with 44 HRs, 133 RBIs and a .667 SLG. He topped the 100-RBI plateau three times and hit at least 20 homers 10 times. 2015 was actually the first time that he also topped the 100-strikeout mark.|
|2080’s Dave DeFreitas on Lee: “Big raw-power guy; has been an offensive oriented player his entire career. Was primarily a third baseman in Korea; I first saw him on the Korea WBC team in 2009. Always had a middle of the field, opposite field approach. I would say he has ‘loft’ power as he gets carry on his fly balls, but not the big exit velocity. Above-average plate discipline, good on-base guy. Moves better than the body lets on, but still a below-average defender that will likely see those skills decline sharply as he ages.”|