Corvallis Knights shortstop Brooks Lee has been named the top position-player prospect in the West Coast League by the d1baseball.com website.
An incoming freshman at Cal Poly, Lee hit .333 (58 for 174) in 43 total games in 2019, with three home runs, 35 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He was also an all-WCL selection, and was named the top prospect at the WCL All-Star Game.
“Lee is a switch hitter who has a mature approach at the plate, along with a power tool that scouts believe will come sooner rather than later,” the website said in its evaluation of Lee. “He was a solid defender, but scouts say he could move around the infield, possibly even moving to the hot corner at Cal Poly or at the professional level.
“Much like UCLA’s Matt McClain last summer, Lee made a bold statement in his first action against college competition.”
Center fielder Briley Knight (Utah) joined Lee on the top prospect list. He was the WCL’s player of the year and an all-WCL selection after hitting .342 in 57 games, with nine homers, 46 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.
“Knight is a hard-nosed player with a good offensive approach,” the website said. “He has solid bat speed and a consistent stroke, along with average to above-average at times raw power.”
Utility Michael Curialle, an incoming UCLA freshman, also made the list. He was selected by Colorado in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB draft, but chose to join the Knights and play in college. He hit .267 in 44 games, with three homers, 30 RBIs and 16 steals.
“He has a good, consistent swing with average raw power,” the website said. “He has a solid arm and could project as a third baseman moving forward.
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“But Curialle’s calling card right off the bat for the Bruins could be his bat with a mature offensive approach.”
Infielder Andy Atwood (Texas Rio Grande Valley) was the Knights’ other position-player selection. He hit .315 in 60 games, with three homers, 35 RBIs and 20 steals.
“(Atwood) has fringe raw power (55) with a drifty swing,” the website said. “He’s also an average runner who could be a back-round filler for someone in the draft in 2020.”
Cal State Fullerton lefty Tim Josten was the lone Knights’ pitcher on the list. He was 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in eight games, with 27 strikeouts in 30⅓ innings.
“Josten sat 89-91 mph with his fastball throughout the summer, while also showing good athleticism in his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame,” the website said. “He has a good, consistent, delivery, and possesses a true slurve at 76-78 mph.
“Josten was a two-pitch guy in a few looks this summer, so we’ll see how his secondary stuff continues to develop.”
Lee was also named the top prospect by Perfect Game. Pitcher Alex Williams of Stanford was No. 2 with Knight (4), Curialle (7), Jake Holcroft of Portland (8), William Kempner of Gonzaga (14), Kevin West of UC Riverside (19) and Tevita Gerber of Dixie State (24) also making the Perfect Game list.