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Jed Carlson Lowrie

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[edit] Biographical Information

Shortstop Jed Lowrie made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

[edit] Amateur Career

Lowrie hit .292/.349/.349 as a college freshman in 2003, winning the starting second base job mid-season and forming a freshman right side of the infield with John Mayberry Jr.. Stanford made it to the finals of the 2003 College World Series, though Carlos Quentin and Ryan Garko were far more vital contributors than Lowrie and Mayberry; they lost 3 games to 2 to Rice University in the finals.

In 2004, Jed emerged as a star. He hit .399/.505/.734 and won the Pacific-10 Conference Triple Crown. He beat out Dustin Pedroia by six points in batting average, outhomered Mayberry and Danny Putnam by one with 17 and drove in 68 to tie Grant Richardson for the Conference lead. Lowrie did not make the All-Conference team but was named Player of the Year. Both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rated him as the first-team NCAA Division I All-American at second base. He tied for 12th in NCAA Division I in total bases (171). Jed joined Mayberry on the USA College National team for the 2004 World University Championship, where he went 2 for 14 with a double, triple and 3 RBI for the winning team.

Lowrie batted .317/.416/.594 in his junior year and joined Brent Lillibridge and Josh Satin on the All-Conference team as an infielder.

[edit] Minor League Career

He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, with the 45th overall pick of the first round. The 4th #1 selection by Boston that year, the pick was compensation for the loss of Orlando Cabrera to free agency. Lowrie was signed by scout Nakia Hill for $762,000.

He made his pro debut that summer with the Lowell Spinners, where he hit .328/.429/.448 in 53 games. He was sixth in the New York-Penn League in average but led the league in OBP. Baseball America rated him the league's #7 prospect, right behind teammate Jacoby Ellsbury. Lowrie spent the next season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks and hit .262/.352/.374 with 3 homers and 50 RBIs. Baseball America ranked him the #20 prospect in the Carolina League.

In 2007, he split the season between the AA Portland Sea Dogs and the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. He put up an excellent line of .298/.393/.503 in 133 games between the two stops, including an outstanding OBP of .410 at Portland, moving him further up the prospect rankings. Baseball America named him the #8 prospect in the Eastern League (between Alan Horne and Neil Walker). They also ranked him as the 5th-best International League prospect after Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Matt Garza and Josh Fields and just ahead of teammate Jacoby Ellsbury. He tied for 4th in the affiliated minor leagues with 47 doubles.

He did not make a strong Red Sox team in spring training 2008, but was called up to the American League on April 11 when starting third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the disabled list. He was hitting only .160 in 8 games for Pawtucket at the time.

[edit] Major Leagues

Lowrie played his first major league game on April 15, 2008 as Boston's starting third baseman against the Cleveland Indians and drove in three runs in a 5-3 victory. He batted eighth and played third base. Lowrie struck out against Paul Byrd in his first major league at-bat. Coming up in the 5th, he ground in Jacoby Ellsbury to break a scoreless tie. Down 2-1 in the 7th, Lowrie singled home Kevin Youkilis and Ellsbury with a hit off of Jorge Julio.

Sources include 2004-2007 Baseball Almanacs,

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