Pro Notebook: Royals Prospect Lee Racing Through Texas League


August 7 - Khalil Lee is second among all minor leaguers in stolen bases as the former Flint Hill standout continues his rise through the Kansas City Royals’ farm system. 

The 2016 third-round pick is healthy after he was limited last year by a back injury, and the dynamic left-handed hitting outfielder is posting his best professional season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Lee, 21, entered the day hitting .263 with a .372 on-base percentage, 27 extra-base hits, 47 RBI and his 43 steals are second only to teammate Nick Heath among all minor league players. 

"I've always been a base stealer," Lee told MiLB.com last month. "I think just this year I really figured out when good times are to run, and being able to pick up on little, key things from pitchers and being able to get a good jump and run."

The 2016 NOVA Nine Team member is ranked No. 4 among Royals prospects by MLBPipeline. 

Rizzo Continues Best Pro Season, Records 10th 3-Hit Game

Joe Rizzo (Oakton) is having his best pro season at Advanced-A Modesto, and on Thursday the former Seattle Mariners second round pick had his 10th three-hit game of the year. 

Rizzo, 21, entered the day hitting .283 with 47 RBI in 105 games. He had a 13-game hitting streak in June and was batting over .300 as recently as July 7. Currently rated as Seattle’s No. 20 prospect by MLBPipeline, the left-handed swinging third baseman has shown the most improvement with his power - he’s tied for fourth in the California League with 25 doubles and has a career-high eight homers. 

A two-time NOVA Nine Team member, Rizzo was our Player of the Year in 2015 when he hit .606 with seven homers and 25 RBI. He was taken 50th overall by Seattle after his senior year in 2016.

Zombro Continues Impressive Campaign at Double-A Montgomery

Tyler Zombro wasn’t drafted out of George Mason University, and he’s been out to prove everyone wrong since. 

Signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the right-hander fared well enough to be invited back for a second professional season last year. He impressed, going 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 76 innings over 33 relief appearances at Single-A Bowling Green. 

This year, Zombro has been one of the top relievers in the Double-A Southern League and earned a brief promotion to Triple-A Durham. He entered the day 2-0 with eight saves, a 1.79 ERA and 31 appearances at Montgomery, continuing to be one of the biggest surprises in one of baseball’s top farm systems. 

Zombro, a native of Staunton, is one of the most-decorated pitchers in George Mason history. He ranks first in program history in innings (318.1) and walks per nine innings (1.47), second in starts (46), victories (23) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (4.35), and third in strikeouts (226).  

Photos of, clockwise from left, Khalil Lee courtesy of MiLB.com, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, and Tyler Zombro courtesy of Bowling Green Hot Rods