Nate Lowe

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David Nathaniel Lowe

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Nate Lowe was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the 2016 amateur draft, out of Mississippi State University. He began his pro career that season with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League, hitting .300/.382/.437 in 67 games. In 2017, he split his time almost equally between the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League and the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. In 115 games, he hit .274/.373/.388 with 7 homers and 59 RBIs.

In 2018, Nate began the year back at Charlotte, where he hit .356 in 51 games to earn a promotion to AA and the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. His scorching bat followed him, and as a result he was named to the United States team for the 2018 Futures Game played on July 15th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Batting clean-up and starting at first base, he drove in the game's first run with a two-out single off Jesus Luzardo that drove in Brendan Rodgers from second base in the 1st inning. However, he was thrown out at second by a great peg from CF Luis Alexander Basabe. He went hitless in his other at-bat before giving way to Peter Alonso. In 130 games between three different teams that season, culminating with the AAA Durham Bulls, he hit .330/.416/.568 with 32 doubles, 27 homers and 102 RBIs, earning him the title of Rays Minor League Player of the Year.

Heading into 2019, the Rays traded incumbent first baseman Jake Bauers to the Texas Rangers, opening up a spot in the line-up for Nate. He started the year in AAA, hitting .300 in 21 games for Durham, before being called up on April 29th. That day, he was inserted in to starting line-up at DH against the Kansas City Royals, going 1 for 4 with a run and a walk.

His younger brother Josh Lowe was a first-round selection by the Rays in the same 2016 draft in which Nate was drafted. The two were teammates with Charlotte at the start of the 2018 season.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gerard Gilberto: "Lowe brothers making waves in Charlotte: Rays prospects' competitive boyhood grows to unbreakable bond", MiLB.com, May 30, 2018. [1]

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