For the first time, Minnesota Twins fans got a good look at rookie Brooks Lee and he didn’t fail to deliver in his first at-bat in Spring Training.
Lee was invited to Fort Myers to start showing Twins brass why he was their top selection in last year’s MLB Draft and why there’s so much hype about him being a top prospect in the farm system. Keith Law lists Lee as the best prospect the Twins have, and he’s ranked No. 31 on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects in the entire league. Keep in mind he was the team’s first round pick in 2022 so he’s barely had anytime to process being the guy.
So it’s safe to say there’s some serious hype about Lee, even though he’s barely had time to let it sink in that he’s a major leaguer.
He’s technically not a Big Leaguer yet, but the day he gets the call is already being hotly anticipated by fans. We’re probably a few years off from that and the brakes need to be pumped sigincifantly, but it’s nice to see so much hype about a Twins prospect not only among fans but among the general baseball public.
Lee made his unofficial debut with the Twins on Saturday when he was put in the lineup for one of the Twins two games to kick off Spring Training. While he’s a shortstop ny trade, Lee was penciled into the lineup as a designated hitter to being his career.
Of course, this is just Spring Training so it’s not an official debut, but it still ruled to see Lee step into the batter’s box and what happened next was even better.
Lee delivered, introducing himself to Twins fans by rifling an RBI single in his first at-bat.
Build. The. Statue.
Find a space in the outfield to retire his number and hang it among the greats. Brooks Lee is the future and the future is now.
In all seriousness though, it was a nice appetizer to what Lee could be for the Twins. His RBI single to debut as a member of the team is almost secondary, or the McGuffin, as it’s the hype around him that is the most fun thing about his time with the team in Florida.
There’s s long road between watching Lee debut today and watching him step into the batter’s box at Target Field, but this was certainly a nice way to begin the journey.