Brooks Lee Continues Meteoric Rise Through Twins’ System

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The Minnesota Twins have promoted their top prospect and 2022 No. 8 overall pick, Brooks Lee, from Double-A Wichita to Triple-A St. Paul. The move comes after Lee, who has played for the Wind Surge all season (87 games), led the Double-A level in doubles (31) and posted a .292/.369/.476 slash line. His call up brings the 22-year-old just one level away from his big league dreams.

Dominating every level

Brooks Lee, who’s the #17 best prospect in the MLB according to The Athletic, has been on the minor league fast track since joining the Twins organization last summer. But that’s because he has dominated every level he has played at over the last year. He started at rookie ball (FCL Twins), where he played just 4 games before Twins brass (.353/.353/.454) had seen enough.

Lee spent most of his first professional summer at Single-A with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, where he boosted his OPS to .848 with a .289/.395/.454 slash line in 24 games. Then, just 28 games into his professional career, the Cal Poly State phenom was called-up to Double-A Wichita, where he went 3-for-8 in just two games before their season ended.

Now, Brooks Lee will face his toughest challenge yet. But if his pro career so far is any indication of what’s to come, Lee will be even better in St. Paul than he was in Wichita. That’s right, if you haven’t been paying close attention to the numbers in this blog, Lee’s stats have improved every level of the Twins’ system he has climbed.

YearAgeAgeDifTmLevGPAR2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
202221-3.3WichitaAA281000002.375.375.375.750
202221-1.3Cedar RapidsA+2511414404121618.289.395.454.848
2022211.2TwinsRk4172200300.353.353.471.824
202322-2.5WichitaAA873996331011614163.292.365.476.841
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/3/2023.
When will we see Brooks Lee in a Twins uniform?

Without a doubt, Brooks Lee is a huge part of the Minnesota Twins’ future plans. He has played shortstop for 107 of his 111 minor league appearances and that will continue to be his main position in St. Paul for the rest of this summer.

I’d imagine he does get more reps at other infield positions, however, in an effort to prepare him to play elsewhere once he gets to the big leagues. For the foreseeable future, Carlos Correa will remain the Twins’ shortstop. It would take a series of injuries or a complete end-of-season collapse for Lee to get his big league call up this year.

With Jorge Polanco now back from injury and Royce Lewis expected to return this month, Lee will most likely have to wait until next summer before taking a big league field in a Twins uniform.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan