SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– A pair of Cal Poly baseball players made it onto Perfect Game’s Top 300 Draft Boards for the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft.
The class is very bat-heavy at the top, both in terms of prep and college classes. On the college side Brooks Lee # 4 and # 3 Chase DeLauter by James Madison are widely considered to be the top 5-10 talent.
In first and second place are the standout high school stars Termarr Johnson, a short stopover from Mays High School in Atlanta, and the outfielder Elijah Greene of the IMG Academy in Windermere, Florida.
Second year Mustang right-handed Drew Thorpe is at number 71 by Perfect Game.
Lee, three-time All-American last season, made just six mistakes in 54 games, a percentage of 0.974, the number 2 regular short stop in the Big West. He has made no mistakes in Cal Poly’s last 21 games of the 2021 season.
His team-leading batting average of .342 included a school record of 27 doubles, three threes and 10 home runs, all team highs. Lee finished with more extra base hits (40) than singles (36) and scored safely in 41 of the 54 games he played in, producing hitting streaks of 12, 11 and nine games.
Other awards Lee earned included Big West Conference Co-Field Player of the Year and Co-Freshman Field Player of the Year, a place on the All-Big West first team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, one of five National Co-Freshman Player of the Year from Collegiate Baseball and ABCA All-West Region First Team.
Lee was one of six finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation’s best shortstop and was also a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to Player of the Year.
Lee led the Mustangs in RBIs (57), Hits (76), Total Bases (139) and Sacrificial Flies (8). His school single season record of 27 doubles took fifth place in the Big West record book. Lee also led his squad in multi-hit games at 25 and was the Big West leader with his 16 multiple RBI competitions.
Thorpe was Cal Poly’s Friday night starter, setting a 6-6 win-loss record and 3.79 ERA in his first full season with the Mustangs. The Washington, Utah native hit 104 thugs over 90 1/3 innings and opponents hit just .244 from the 6-4, 205-pound pitcher.
Thorpe’s 104 strikeouts were third in the Big West last season, and he was also third in pitching innings, 10th in wins, fifth in starts (15) and 14th in ERA.
Thorpe was 6-1 with 3.15 ERA in his nine home starts last spring and has racked up double-digit strikeouts three times that year, matching his career high of 13 against UC Santa Barbara.
Both Lee and Thorpe played for Team USA last summer and Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League.
In November, BaseballProspectJournal.com mocked up and listed Lee at number 1 with Green at number three, Johnson at number four, and DeLauter at number ninth.
Dan Zielinski III said of Lee, “He’s a 6-foot-2, 205-pound switch hit shortstop who is a well-rounded player. His best traits are on the offensive side as he’s an aggressive hitter, the one loves to play swing on the first stroke. He has a respectable power, has an above-average striking tool and drives the ball on all fields. “
In other Mustang baseball news …
â¢ Lee was called up as a shortstop in the All-Cape Cod League first team last month.
Lee produced a .405 batting average, including four doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs in 21 games for Yarmouth-Dennis.
On the final day of the season, an eight-game hitting streak was caught, a streak in which Lee went 18 for 35 (.514) with four doubles, three home runs and six RBIs.
Lee did not qualify for the league’s hit title as he missed 2.7 record appearances per team game played. He resigned from Yarmouth-Dennis to participate in the National Collegiate Team tryouts in Cary, NC
The Cape’s batting title winner hit 0.344, 61 points less than Lee’s average. Despite the fewer number of games played in the Cape – Lee played 21 games for Yarmouth-Dennis while other players in the league played up to 37 games – Lee was sixth in the home runs, tied for six 10th for the hits with 34.
Lee was named Cape Cod League Player of the Week in the last week of the regular season, hitting 14v24 (0.583) on the plate with three doubles and two home runs. Included in the totals was a 5v5 appearance against Harwich on July 27th when Lee played two singles, a pair of doubles and a home run.