2) NY Mets prospect Khalil Lee is on the verge of becoming irrelevant
Meanwhile, there’s Khalil Lee in a much different spot. His career was already trending downward. It took an unexpected turn when he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend earlier in 2023. The Mets acted rather quickly and chose to designate him for assignment and allow an investigation to begin. While they didn’t part ways with him completely, a slow start to the 2023 season is another reason why this once promising prospect is on the verge of becoming irrelevant.
Lee has tasted the big leagues already and even went 1 for 2 last season with his first home run. The problem is he had a miserable 18 plate appearance stretch with the club a year earlier that included only one hit and 13 strikeouts.
His 2022 season was strikingly bad with a .214/.330/.370 slash line at the end of it. Add in 150 strikeouts in 108 games, it’s hard to see how he would fit in on a big league roster beyond a fifth outfielder who might run a bit and play defense.
Lee’s 2023 season has started with a 7 for 32 performance and .219/.350/.406 slash line. He has been a much different player since the Mets acquired him from the Kansas City Royals. The 53 stolen bases he had in Double-A back in 2019 aren’t coming back. Lee is a good OBP guy with a decent glove but not much else. Having already been DFA’d by the Mets, we can expect him to play somewhere else next season if he doesn’t show any sort of progress at all. Overseas might even be his only option.