June 20, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former UAB left-handed pitcher Turner Lee has signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays, as officially announced on Friday. Lee becomes the third former UAB baseball player, joining Jamal Austin and Chase Mallard, currently in the minor leagues.
“It is definitely a dream come true,” said Lee. “There has been a lot of hard work to get this point, by a lot of people.”
In his senior season at UAB, Lee finished with a 1-2 record and 2.83 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Mobile, Ala. native ranked second on the squad in appearances, one behind sophomore right-handed pitcher Cory Eller. In addition, Lee was third among UAB relievers with 34 strikeouts on the year.
For his career at UAB, Lee owned a 2-5 mark with a 4.67 ERA. The left-handed pitcher also recorded two saves in his time in Birmingham, both coming in 2014. He was also a part of five shutouts in his two seasons as a Blazer.
Lee joins Mallard in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. Lee has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., while Mallard is currently a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League.
“It is really awesome to be in the same organization as Chase and hopefully we can be teammates again in the future,” added Lee. “It is just a credit to the coaching staff at UAB to get us both to this point.”
Lee and the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays begin their season today against the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Mallard and the Bluefield Blue Jays were defeated 13-0 in their season-opener on Thursday, June 19 against the Johnson City Cardinals.
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