Texas Rangers pick Chase Lee of Alabama baseball in Round 6 of 2021 MLB Draft

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The Texas Rangers selected Alabama right-handed pitcher Chase Lee in the sixth round with the 164th overall pick, a slot worth $312,400. 

Lee has experienced quite an ascension to become an MLB draft pick. He began his Crimson Tide career as a walk-on who didn't make the team. Coach Brad Bohannon gave him the advice to become a sidearm pitcher if he wanted to join Alabama's team down the road. 

Lee then started by playing for the UA club team in 2018. He improved and became a reliable reliever for the Crimson Tide. 

Lee made 22 relief appearances for the Crimson Tide, which reached their  first NCAA tournament since 2014. He finished 7-0 with seven saves, tied for sixth in the SEC. He also had a 1.33 ERA, leading Alabama relievers with 51 strikeouts. 

He received recognition as third-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2021. 

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