Zack Lee

Effingham senior RHP Zack Lee is ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in Illinois in the Class of 2019 (Prep Baseball Report). The Hearts' ace is committed to Kentucky.

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) -- For a town of roughly 13,000 people, Effingham and its claim to three Major League pitchers aren't just a statistical outlier, they're a source of town pride.

Now as the 2019 season unfolds, the question is: Could Effingham County have a fourth?


Effingham High senior Zack Lee looked masterful in a tuneup outing against Mt. Vernon on Tuesday. The Kentucky commit threw just 3.1 innings but struck out 7 batters and allowed no walks or hits. He topped 94 miles an hour on the radar gun and mixed in a 73-mile-an-hour curveball.

The performance didn't go unnoticed -- he did it in front of MLB agent Darek Braunecker, who has handled the likes of Effingham's Chad Green in addition to Cliff Lee, Jeff Samardzijaand others.

In this Repking Media/WAND interview, Lee shares his thoughts on his offseason and his goals for the 2019 Hearts.