That’s right folks, according to Baseball America, Khalil Lee is the 99th best prospect in all of baseball. Lee has earned it too. He slashed .270/.402/.406 with 4 HR and 14 SB in the notoriously pitcher friendly Carolina League this season as a 19-year old (just turned 20 six days ago). Lee’s speed/power potential is the reason he finds himself at the top of MLB Pipeline’s list of top 30 Royals prospects as well.
Lee has only played in two games since joining AA Northwest Arkansas, but he figures to get back into the lineup tonight. Lee has been playing CF for the most part defensively this season and has impressed enough people (myself included) now that it’s widely thought Lee has a chance to stick in CF long term.
Seuly Matias ended the Royals drought of not having a top 100 prospect this offseason when BP added him to their list, and then FanGraphs added Matias to their list earlier this spring. Now Lee, who is identified as the Royals top prospect by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, joins a top 100 list of his own. As always, we’ll update you the next time a Royals prospect receives this honor.