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Wilson Norman Lee

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 220 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Wilson Lee has pitched in Australia, the US, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Lee was signed by Pittsburgh Pirates Australia scout Tony Harris in April 2010. He allowed one run in 3 2/3 IP for the Adelaide Bite in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League. He made his minor league debut with the 2011 GCL Pirates, going 1-1 with two saves and a 3.99 ERA in 16 games. He was part of an international team featuring Dovydas Neverauskas (Lithuania), Orlando Castro (Honduras), Rinku Singh (India), Ping-Hung Chi (Taiwan), Gift Ngoepe (South Africa), Daan Cornelissen (Netherlands), Yhonathan Barrios (Colombia) and Jorge Bishop and Ashley Ponce (both Panama) as well as Americans, Dominicans, Venezuelans and a couple other Australians (Dylan Child and Jackson Lodge) for 12 different countries.

Wilson was 1-0 with a 8.44 ERA for Adelaide in 2011-2012, walking 13 in 10 2/3 IP. He went 4-1 with a save and a 3.28 ERA in 15 games for the GCL Pirates for 2012 to finish his minor league career. He struggled for the Bite in 2012-2013 (0-1, 12.27, 11 H, 7 BB in 7 1/3 IP) but rebounded in 2013-2014 (2.16 ERA in 8 G, 14 H, 7 BB, 22 K in 16 2/3 IP). He then signed with Draci Brno in the Czech Extraliga. He beat the Eagles Praha in his debut, allowing one hit and fanning six in two shutout innings of relief. He was 5-3 with a 3.97 ERA and also hit .337/.398/.639. He tied for third in the league with four triples, just missed the top in RBI (he had 31), was third in slugging among players with 90+ AB (after Jakub Sládek and Matěj Hejma). He also allowed the lowest average in the league (.189) and was 6th with 86 strikeouts but was not among the win or ERA leaders. In the 2014 European Cup, he allowed one run in 6 2/3 IP, fanning 16, mostly in a rout of the Ukrainian KNTU Elizavetgrad club. He tied Mike Bolsenbroek for the event lead in strikeouts.

He was 3-3 with a 4.39 ERA for the Bite in the 2014-2015 ABL and tied Ryan Searle and Matthew Williams for third in the loop with 26 walks. He got the call in the last game of the championship finals but allowed 5 runs in 1 2/3 IP in a loss to the Perth Heat. Moving to Germany's Bonn Capitals for 2015, he had an amazing year both on the mound (10-1, 1.44, opponent batting line of .145/.235/.164) and at the plate (.453/.538/.773). He led the northern Bundesliga-1 in home runs (tied with Tanner Leighton and Florian Götze), RBI (6 over Leighton and B.J. Huppert), slugging (.026 over Leighton), OPS (8 over Leighton), lowest opponent average (.012 better than Chris Mezger), lowest slugging allowed (.164) and lowest OPS (398, 13 ahead of Mezger), becoming the rare player to lead his league in both OPS and lowest opponent OPS. Additionally, he was on the leaderboard in average (2nd, .013 behind Leighton), hits (34, 4th), doubles (7, tied for 6th), runs (tied for 5th with David Selsemeyer), OBP (3rd after Leighton and Sascha Steffens), steals (tied for second with 16, one behind Eric Brenk), ERA (3rd after Sascha Koch and Mezger), strikeouts (125, 2nd, 9 behind Mezger), wins (2nd, one behind Mezger), innings pitched (81, 4th), WHIP (3rd after Mezger and Koch) and opponent OBP (3rd). He fell to 1-2, 3.04 in the postseason and was 3 for 16 at the plate as Bonn was eliminated by eventual champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe in the semifinals. He won league MVP honors for his efforts.

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