Lee Inks Free Agent Contract with St. Louis Cardinals
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After playing his final collegiate game last month, right-handed pitcher Brandon Lee will continue his career at the next level, signing a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals late last week.
"Brandon was an outstanding pitcher in our program," said USC Upstate Head Coach Matt Fincher. "I was real pleased with the two years he gave us and we were fortunate to have him in our program."
The senior made his final collegiate start the best of his two-year stint at USC Upstate, tossing a three-hit complete-game shutout over Stetson to send the Spartans to their first Division I postseason victory in program history in the second round of the A-Sun Tournament last month.
"He is a guy that can really pitch," Fincher said. "He can locate, he can keep the ball down, he has a nice slider and there is potential for him to develop and hopefully be effective in professional baseball."
The Palatka, Fla., native finished second in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2013 with 80 total strikeouts, sitting only behind first-round draft pick Chris Anderson, who tallied 101 strikeouts in 104.2 innings for Jacksonville University.
Lee's 14 wins in two years is tied for the most in program history at the Division I level, while his seven victories in each of the last two years set single-season Division I program records for total wins.
The right-hander ranked No. nationally in 2013 in walks allowed per nine innings at 1.12, and No. 14 in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 6.15.
"He makes the offense do something to beat him and in my opinion that is job number one as a pitcher," Fincher said. "Brandon puts constant pressure on the offense with his command of the strike zone and that is one of the main reasons he is a really good pitcher."
Lee signs with a club that currently boasts the best record in Major League Baseball and is tied with the Atlanta Braves for the lowest earned run average at 3.21.
The Florida native returned to his home state and is currently in rookie ball for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.