Zach Lee was originally signed by Los Angeles Dodgers scout Calvin Jones…had committed to playing baseball and football at Louisiana State University and enrolled in summer school prior to signing with the Dodgers as a 1st-round (28th overall) selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft…as a senior at McKinney (TX) High School, won 11 games with a 2.15 ERA and 90 strikeouts…ranked by Baseball America as the 14th-best right-handed pitcher and the 29th-best overall prospect entering the draft…was a highly rated quarterback in high school, passing for 2,565 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior to earn a Texas All-State Class 4A Honorable Mention selection… passed for 2,935 yards and 33 touchdowns and was named District 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2008.
Pitched for Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Binghamton in the New York Mets organization and combined for a 9-4 record and a 5.09 ERA in 24 games, including 21 starts, in a season shortened by four stints on the injured list…allowed a .296 opponents batting average but walked just 33 in 122.0 innings, an average of 2.43 per nine innings…ranked third in the Mets farm system in wins, fifth in innings pitched (122.0), seventh in strikeouts (100) and tied for seventh in games started…went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA in eight starts with Binghamton and 4-3 with a 6.99 ERA in 16 games with Syracuse…allowed a combined .296 batting average with both clubs…that included a mark of .284 (66-for-232) against left-handed hitters compared to .306 (81-for-265) against right-handers…yielded a .302 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .301 average to batters leading off an inning…was 8-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts, 1-0 with a 10.32 ERA in three relief appearances (all with Syracuse)…with Binghamton, went 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in five starts on the road and 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in five starts at night.
MINORS: Began the season at Syracuse and allowed five runs on 10 hits in 2.2 innings in his first start on April 9 against Rochester, his shortest start of the season…then walked a season-high four batters in 4.2 innings in his next start April 14 at Pawtucket…was credited with his first win April 20 against Pawtucket when he allowed a run on four hits in 5.1 innings in the second game of a doubleheader…surrendered four runs in each of his next two starts, both no decisions…ended up going 1-0 in five starts in April, despite a 6.33 ERA and .356 opponents batting average…struck out a season-high eight batters in 5.0 innings in a 7-4 win at Columbus May 10… then went 2-2 with an 8.80 ERA and .321 opponents batting average over his next six games from May 17 to June 11…yielded a season-high eight runs in 4.2 innings in relief of a rehabbing Justin Wilson June 11 against Charlotte but was the winning pitcher in a 15-8 decision…logged a season-high 99 pitches in that contest…was placed on the injured list the first time on June 12 with a left shin contusion…was reinstated June 19 and started that day at Charlotte…had a no decision in a 9-7 loss (5.0 ip, 8 h, 4 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 4 so, 3 hr) and returned to the IL the next day with a left shin contusion…was reinstated June 27 and pitched 2.2 innings of relief the next day at Buffalo (5 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 5 so) before returning to the IL June 29 with a strained left calf…was reinstated and transferred to Binghamton July 7…won three consecutive starts from July 12-23, allowing just one earned run in 16.2 innings (0.54 ERA)…then allowed five runs in 6.0 innings for his only Double-A loss on July 28 against Bowie…was moved back to Syracuse Aug. 3 and allowed five runs on a season-high 11 hits in a 9-7 loss at Buffalo that day…went on the IL a fourth time Aug. 5 with a strained left calf…was reinstated from the IL Aug. 17 and sent to Binghamton Aug. 19…went 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his final three starts…tossed a season-high 7.1 innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in a 5-1 win at New Hampshire Aug. 25.
Split the season between Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Triple-A Tacoma of the Seattle Mariners, pitching to a combined 7-14 record with a 6.14 ERA (101 ER, 148.0 IP) and 107 strikeouts against 39 walks in 27 starts...Over his first six starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City, went 5-1 with a 4.09 ERA (15 ER, 33.0 IP) and 27 strikeouts against five walks, with 10 of those 15 earned runs coming in one outing on 4/28 at Omaha...allowed two earned runs or less in the five wins...Acquired by SEA from LAD in exchange for INF Chris Taylor on 6/16...Went 0-9 with a 7.39 ERA (61 ER, 74.1 IP) with 50 strikeouts against 24 walks in 14 starts for Triple-A Tacoma...Claimed off waivers by SD from SEA on 12/13.
Selected to the Dodgers' 2015 Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the year for the second time (also: 2013) after ranking among the Pacific Coast League leaders (min. 100 IP) in wins (11, T-3rd), ERA (2.70, 2nd), WHIP (1.11, 1st), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.26, 3rd) and allowed an average of only 0.40 home runs per nine innings (3rd). ... Saw his first big league action in two stints with Los Angeles, making his Major League debut and his first career start against the Mets in New York on July 25…took the loss in the Dodgers' 15-2 defeat, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings and struck out three. ... Went 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 19 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City…posted a 4.26 strikeout-to-walk ratio, striking out 81 batters against 19 walks in 113.1 innings…including two rehab starts, combined to go 13-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 minor league starts. ... Posted an ERA under 3.00 in each of the season's first two months with a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25.0 IP) in four April starts and a 2.84 mark (10 ER/31.2 IP) in six May starts. ... Held opposing batters to a .257 average in the minors, while limiting the opposition to a .210 average with runners in scoring position throughout the season. ... Did not pitch during the month of June after developing some irritation in his right middle finger due to poor circulation… made rehab starts with the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before returning to Triple-A on July 11.
Enters the 2014 season ranked as the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Selected as the Dodgers' 2013 Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 10-10 record with a 3.22 ERA in 28 games (25 starts) for Double-A Chattanooga ... Ranked among Southern League leaders in wins (T-9th), innings pitched (142.2, 9th), strikeouts (131, 3rd) and WHIP (1.17, T-3rd) ... Led the Lookouts with 10 wins, 131 strikeouts and 142.2 innings pitched ... Limited opposing hitters to a .247 batting average, including a .242 mark (80-for-331) against right-handers ... Walked only 35 in 142.2 innings and posted a 3.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the third best among SL starters with at least 120.0 innings pitched ... Opened the season on a roll, posting an ERA under 3.00 in each of the season's first two months with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER/26.0 IP) in five April starts (2-1 record) and a 2.87 mark (10 ER/31.1 IP) in six May starts (2-2)...won the April Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga ... Earned Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of May 27-June 2, striking out eight and allowing just two hits in 7.0 scoreless innings in two games (one start).
In 2012, went a combined 6-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 25 combined starts with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and
In 2011, ranked second on Single-A Great Lakes with nine wins and third on the squad with 91 strikeouts.
Originally selected in the first round (28th Overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.