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March 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Tucson, Ariz. -- Would LSU have beaten Alabama for the BCS championship this football season if Zach Lee were their quarterback? Lee laughed at the question. “It's all 'what ifs' you know?” Lee said. “You never know. We may not have gotten there if I was the quarterback.” The former two-sport star, who the Dodgers paid $5.25 million to walk away from a football scholarship at LSU, pitched in his first major league game Friday. The 20-year-old right-hander tossed a perfect seventh inning in the Dodgers' 17-4 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox, forcing two groundouts and striking out Jose Martinez.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
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January 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Zach Lee will be among the 15 prospects who will participate in the Dodgers' annual winter development program next week at Dodger Stadium. The primary purpose of the five-day camp, which starts Sunday, is to familiarize players with the Los Angeles area, as well as life in the major leagues. Over the last six years, 40 graduates of the program reached the major leagues. The players will perform community service and listen to a series of speakers, including Don Mattingly, Tom Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Eric Karros, Shawn Green, Stan Kasten (kids, just laugh at his jokes, even if they aren't funny)
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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
AT THE PLATE: Darnell Sweeney's single over a five-man infield scored pinch-runner Trayvon Robinson from third with the winning run in the 10th. . . . Josh Hamilton gave the Angels a first-inning lead with a three-run home run, his second of the spring. . . . Albert Pujols singled, doubled and scored twice. . . . Juan Uribe had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, and Joc Pederson tied it with a homer, his third, leading off the eighth. ON THE MOUND: Zach Lee, replacing scheduled Dodgers starter Stephen Fife, who was scratched because of a stomach ailment, gave up three runs in the first, then made a two-base throwing error to open the second.
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September 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems passing on that chance to be an LSU quarterback might have been a wise decision for right-hander Zach Lee. On Friday the Dodgers named Lee as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Scott Schebler, an outfielder who hit 27 home runs for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, was named the Minor League Player of the Year. Lee was a first-round draft pick in 2010 who had fallen to 28 th overall because he had enrolled at LSU to play quarterback. Most figured he could not be signed . In his third season in the minors, Lee went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA at double-A Chattanooga.
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August 16, 2010 | Kevin Baxster, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers barely beat the clock, signing first-round pick Zach Lee on Monday, just minutes before their exclusive negotiating window with the two-sport star was about to expire. Lee, who many teams considered unsignable after the 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher expressed a desire to play football at Louisiana State, was battling for a spot on the Tigers' depth chart at quarterback this summer. Terms were not released but reports have put the terms at $5.25 million over five years.
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March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Over the winter Zach Lee said he was coming to spring training to win a spot in the Dodgers rotation. And though that's clearly not going to happen this season, the 22-year-old right-hander isn't about to change his goals. "Any time you're going to set a goal, you kind of want to set it high," said Lee, who made his first appearance of the spring Friday, shutting out the Texas Rangers for two innings. "If you set it too low then you'll probably meet it and you'll kind of get content with it. " Lee, who signed a record $5.25-million bonus after being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft, was the Dodgers' minor league pitcher of the year last summer when he won 10 games and posted a 3.22 earned-run average at double-A Chattanooga.
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August 19, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Even now, just days after signing the player most major league teams considered unsignable, Dodgers Assistant General Manager Logan White won't say exactly how he pulled it off. No good magician, it seems, gives up his secrets. But White will talk about the props he used to lure first-round draft pick Zach Lee and his family away from football — a newspaper article and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. The newspaper story, White said, discussed how the pressure to meet expectations immediately had some pro football stars referring to the NFL as the Not For Long league.
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March 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Sometime in the relatively near future, perhaps even this year, Zach Lee could take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular-season game. Or Joc Pederson could step into the batter's box. If it happens, fans at Dodger Stadium might consider raising their plastic cups in a tribute to the man responsible: Frank McCourt. If not for the team's unpopular former owner, the Dodgers' two top prospects would be somewhere else. Lee might be counting down the days until the NFL draft.
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August 20, 2010
Logan White brags how he lured first-round draft pick Zach Lee to give up football and instead sign with the Dodgers with the use of a newspaper article and a mention of Kurt Warner. I imagine the conversation went something like this: Logan White: The Dodgers offer you a $5.25-million signing bonus. Zach Lee: Where do I sign?! White: Did you know that Kurt Warner didn't reach the NFL until he was 27 years old? Lee: That's $5.25 million over five years, right?
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March 22, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - - Joc Pederson didn't make the Dodgers' opening day roster, but the outfield prospect thinks traveling with the team to Australia will help him prepare for when he is called up to the major leagues. “I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Pederson said. “Even if I'm not on the roster, I get to be around the guys when the season starts and kind of get my feet wet. Everybody's different during the season than in spring training, how they mentally prepare, their pregame routines.
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March 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers announced their 25-man roster before opening the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, and if it mostly came out as expected, it wasn't devoid of surprise. Alex Guerrero, the Cuban infielder who did not play last season and is making the conversion to second base, made the cut (for now), but last year's backup catcher, Tim Federowicz, did not. The Dodgers elected to keep catcher Drew Butera, who is out of options, and send Federowicz, who still has them, back to the minors.
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March 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Sometime in the relatively near future, perhaps even this year, Zach Lee could take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular-season game. Or Joc Pederson could step into the batter's box. If it happens, fans at Dodger Stadium might consider raising their plastic cups in a tribute to the man responsible: Frank McCourt. If not for the team's unpopular former owner, the Dodgers' two top prospects would be somewhere else. Lee might be counting down the days until the NFL draft.
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March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Javy Guerra, who started the 2012 season as the Dodgers closer, was designated for assignment Sunday, part of a flurry of moves to cut the roster to the 30 total players they can take to Australia. Guerra, 28, can still be traded while the Dodgers wait to see if he's claimed on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, he could still be sent to triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers added two players, Justin Turner and Chone Figgins, to their 40-man roster to fill utility roles. Both will make the trip to Australia.
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March 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
You want sharp, buy a Henckels. Try and match wits with P.J. O'Rourke. Read Jim Murray. Right now the Dodgers just need Zack Greinke to build some arm strength, and all that sharpness can come later. Greinke threw only four pitches this spring before a strained calf forced him to the sideline. He finally made his second appearance Wednesday , and if he wasn't completely sharp, that was understandable and fine. He came out of his two-inning appearance against the Diamondbacks healthy and went on to throw a simulated inning in the bullpen.
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March 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers in their exhibition game Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The start will be the second of the spring for Greinke, who threw only four pitches in his Feb. 27 appearance because of a strained right calf muscle. Other pitchers expected to appear in the game are Kenley Jansen, Zach Lee, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Chris Withrow. Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in place of Don Mattingly, who left camp because of a death in his family.
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August 14, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
All spring Zach Lee was telling anyone who would listen that he was more interested in playing college football than professional baseball. Apparently, the Dodgers weren't listening. Because in June they drafted him anyway and two months later Lee, true to his words, is taking snaps at Louisiana State while the Dodgers are left facing a Monday evening deadline to talk him back to baseball or forfeit their first-round pick. And that's going to be hard to do since Lee says he and the Dodgers haven't talked since draft day, two days before he started summer school at LSU. "I haven't really heard anything from them," Lee told reporters at LSU football media day last week.
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June 4, 2011
Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Albuquerque; 29-24; Dee Gordon hitting .304 with 20 steals in 23 tries. AA; Chattanooga; 25-29; Shawn Tolleson continues quick climb, allows one hit in two outings. A; Rancho Cucamonga; 31-23; OF Angelo Songco hits .331 with six homers in May. A; Great Lakes; 29-25; Zach Lee allows 6 runs, retires 2 batters in return from MRI. R; Ogden; 0-0; Season begins June 20.
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March 7, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant. Right-hander Zach Lee, the Dodgers' No. 1 pick in 2010 who had been slowed by a muscle strain in his back, finally made his first spring appearance, starting in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Camelback Ranch. It was only two innings, but it was a start. Lee, 22, allowed two hits - including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo off the wall - struck out one and did not walk a batter in his two scoreless innings.
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March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Over the winter Zach Lee said he was coming to spring training to win a spot in the Dodgers rotation. And though that's clearly not going to happen this season, the 22-year-old right-hander isn't about to change his goals. "Any time you're going to set a goal, you kind of want to set it high," said Lee, who made his first appearance of the spring Friday, shutting out the Texas Rangers for two innings. "If you set it too low then you'll probably meet it and you'll kind of get content with it. " Lee, who signed a record $5.25-million bonus after being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft, was the Dodgers' minor league pitcher of the year last summer when he won 10 games and posted a 3.22 earned-run average at double-A Chattanooga.
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