Everyone knew that Lee was destined to play for LSU. Every MLB teams thought Lee was unsignable because the two-sport athlete wanted to play quarterback at Louisiana State. He even reported to LSU and was in football camp.
Lee was considered by many scouts a top 10 pick. But when you're saying that you want to play college football, that's going to scare teams. But Dodgers assistant gm Logan White took the chance. He took the chance knowing that if the Dodgers don't sign Lee, everyone will be pointing at Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
From L.A. Times:
"I do think Frank’s been unfairly criticized at times for the selection of this pick," said Logan White, Dodgers assistant general manager. "We had discussed this with him before we made this pick and Frank certainly had the courage to still allow us to do it, even though he was going to be criticized."
I would've loved to hear that conversation.
Logan: Hey Frank, I want to get Lee but everyone is saying he's not going to sign because he wants to play football for LSU.
Frank: Do what you got to do!
Logan: Well yeah but you do know the media will attack you.
Frank: I don't care. Draft him!
Something like that, right?
Plus the money didn't hurt. From Tony Jackson of ESPN L.A.
In a development that had to have been as shocking to the Louisiana State University football program and its fans as it was to a legion of Los Angeles Dodgers cynics who were sure the club had deliberately thrown away its first-round draft pick on an unsignable player in an effort to save money, the Dodgers reached agreement with that first-round pick, right-hander Zach Lee from McKinney (Texas) High School, just before Monday night's deadline for signing 2010 draft choices.
That's a lot of money.
More from ESPN:
That's great news. So what's the scouting report on Lee?
Big expectations. Better than Kershaw and Billingsley at the same age?
Oh yeah! I'm excited. I'm sure LSU is upset. Check out this interview of Lee while in Football camp last weekend....
And another one, trying to learn the LSU offense:
Video of Lee pitching in High School as a Junior. (area code games)
Good luck Zach!