Phillies prospect Hao Yu Lee is standing out with Clearwater Threshers

‘Hard-nosed,’ intense Phillies possibility Hao Yu Lee is standing apart initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

It’s early in the season, however a series in between 2 Florida State League competitors is getting chippy. Multiple players on both groups have actually been put by opposing pitchers and moods are hot. Another Clearwater Threshers player takes a fastball in the back.

His colleagues are providing it to the pitcher from the dugout, calling him whatever however a Child of God. Right there with them is Hao Yu Lee, screaming unprintable words in a language he has yet to master, simply as loud, if not louder, than his colleagues.

Halfway around the globe from his homeland of Taiwan, Lee is not simply fitting in, he’s standing apart.

The intense 19-year-old shortstop — who has actually likewise logged a number of video games at both 2nd base and 3rd base this season — signed with the Phillies a little less than a year ago with a benefit of more than $500,000. He hasn’t quit working given that. In reality, the Clearwater training personnel needs to advise Lee to relax.

“If we let him, he’ll hit for 12 hours,” Threshers supervisor Marty Malloy stated. “But it’s a lot easier to get a player to ease off the gas pedal than to throttle up, and he’s got the gas pedal mashed all the way down.

“As a coach, sometimes you have to be their biggest cheerleader, but at times you have to be the guy to pull in the reins a bit,” Clearwater striking coach Jake Elmore stated. “You sometimes have to remind him it’s a [145-game] season.”

The book on Lee was that his hit tool was strong and through 2 months of the season, he has actually been as marketed. He leads the Florida State League in RBIs (37 in 41 video games) and ranks in the leading 5 in OPS (.869), batting average (.288), and hits (45).

He certainly looks ahead of the curve at the plate, and his technique to the video game likewise appears to be among a more skilled gamer.

“Mickey Moniak was rehabbing with us last week, and the only guy I saw picking his brain was Lee,” Elmore stated. “He would say ‘How do you lay off that pitch? What were you thinking?’

“He does stuff 19-year-olds don’t do. Mentally, he’s beyond his years, and that’s been the most impressive part.”

Lee stated he was raised in the video game by conventional, old-school coaches who informed him, “Do you best, or don’t do it at all.” As a freshman in high school he had an opportunity to complete versus a U.S. group in the U18 Baseball World Cup.

“I saw teams from all over the world and thought, ‘Maybe I could be like them, maybe I can be better,’” Lee stated through his translator. “Since I’ve gotten here, my goal has always been to get to the major leagues, and that’s what drives me.”

Due to the 12-hour time distinction in between New Taipei and Clearwater, Lee stated he just talks to his loved ones one or two times a month, however they text typically. He didn’t get to view much American baseball maturing, however his preferred gamer is Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

When asked what he misses out on most about house? “Food,” he stated. “Pork braised rice and beef noodle.”

Scouts and draftniks like to utilize gamer contrasts to forecast skill in young potential customers. While Malloy kept away from providing a name, Elmore compared Lee to an A.L. MVP winner.

“His demeanor and his play remind me of Dustin Pedroia,” he stated. “He’s hard-nosed, he’ll fight for his team, fight for himself, and he won’t take anything from the other team.”

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