A third-round pick out of Maryland as a red-shirt sophomore in 2015, Lowe had a breakout campaign two years later when he established Class A Advanced Charlotte franchise records in slugging percentage (.524) and OPS (.927) en route to Florida State League MVP honors and a promotion to Double-A. When he returned there in 2018, Lowe showed more power and quickly hit his way up to Triple-A Durham, where he homered 14 times in 46 games to earn his first big league callup in August. In the Majors, Lowe overcame an 0-for-19 start to his career to finish with six home runs and a .774 OPS in 129 at-bats. Banking on his future, the Rays and Lowe agreed to a six-year, $24 million extension in March 2019.
Lowe has long stood out for his pure hitting ability and on-base skills from the left side of the plate, and he showed in 2018 that he could apply his raw power in games, as he finished the season with 28 home runs and 37 doubles between the Minors and Tampa Bay. He can punish a fastball and produced slightly above-average exit velocities in his first taste of the Majors. He has a good feel for the strike zone, doesn't chase and consistently capitalizes on pitchers' mistakes. Lowe is an average runner but doesn't steal many bases. His average arm plays well at second base, where he's a solid but unspectacular defender, and he held his own at both outfield corners last season even though he was new to both positions.
The improved defensive versatility adds even more value to Lowe's bat-first profile and should give him the chance to start on a near everyday basis in the big leagues.
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Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of 2B Brandon Lowe from Durham Bulls.
LF Brandon Lowe assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
1B Brandon Lowe assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
LF Brandon Lowe assigned to Montgomery Biscuits from Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Charlotte Stone Crabs activated 2B Brandon Lowe from the 7-day disabled list.
Charlotte Stone Crabs placed 2B Brandon Lowe on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, 2017.
2B Brandon Lowe assigned to Charlotte Stone Crabs from Bowling Green Hot Rods.
2B Brandon Lowe assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods.