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Brandon Lowe and Brett Sullivan Get Deserved Promotions

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ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03: A general view as pitcher David Price
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03: A general view as pitcher David Price /
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Brandon Lowe  and Brett Sullivan have had quite the impressive campaigns for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. They are finally getting a long overdue promotion to the Montgomery Biscuits.

Over the course of the 2017 campaign, Brandon Lowe has put himself firmly on the Tampa Bay Rays prospect map. After failing to crack their top 30 prospect list at the start of the season, the second baseman has had a breakout campaign for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He was an All Star in the Florida State League, and had produced a .311/.403/.524 batting line with 34 doubles and nine homers. It was clear that Lowe had nothing left to prove in Charlotte.

The Rays have finally agreed with that assessment. Both Lowe and catcher Brett Sullivan have been promoted to the AA Montgomery Biscuits, as they get one step closer to the majors.

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Like Lowe, Sullivan was an All Star this season for the Stone Crabs. In his 345 plate appearances, the 23 year old has produced a .301/.330/.463 batting line, hitting eight homers and 19 doubles. Sullivan has also displayed impressive speed for a catcher, stealing 14 bases so far in 2017 while being caught only four times.

These campaigns have also been noticed by prospect hounds. Although Sullivan is still not considered to be amongst the Rays top 30 prospects, Lowe has rocketed up the rankings. He currently rates as the Rays 18th best prospect according to MLB.com, which sites his excellent plate discipline and pure hitting ability.

While Lowe is garnering a great deal of attention, Sullivan may begin to do so as well. Not only has he displayed a bit of pop already in his minor league career, but that speed from a catcher is sure to get a second look. Sullivan has also been solid defensively, throwing out 32% of attempted basestealers this season. If he can continue to progress at this rate, Sullivan has a chance to be the Rays first home grown catcher with legitimate offensive ability.

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Brandon Lowe and Brett Sullivan are getting called up to AA. It’s about time.

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