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2019 MLB Draft: Astros select Korey Lee with the 32nd overall pick

With the final pick in the first round, the Astros went off the board a bit and snagged a college catcher.

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With the 32nd pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros selected catcher Korey Lee from Cal.

With the emphasis and need for catching in the major leagues, Lee benefited from his teammate, Andrew Vaughn, getting a lot of attention from major league scouts and he boosted his stock in front of the right people. While he has played all over the infield at times, he was primarily a catcher this past season and posted an OPS north of 1.000. He is still a work in progress behind the plate, but he does have a decent arm and his receiving skills has improved consistently this spring.

This will seem a bit like an overdraft for the Astros and that may be due to positional scarcity. On the surface, Lee’s bat and defensive skills don’t scream “first rounder” but given how hard it is to find quality catchers who can hit AND catch, it is understandable why some organizations are willing to take a chance on a guy like Lee.