Led by a pair of rookies from last seasons, plenty of young Rays hitters have given us something to look forward to.
It is evident that both Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows came to Spring Training ready to rake. But, it wasn’t just them. Daniel Robertson, Lucius Fox, Joe McCarthy, Nate Lowe and others have put on a show early on. Lowe and Meadows both spent time in Tampa Bay last season and gave us fans a glimpse at their potential. Daniel Robertson just needs to stay healthy and we could see a huge year from him at the plate and Nate Lowe may be only a few months away from his big league debut.
Take a look at some of the eye popping stat lines through 10 games:
B. Lowe: .563 AVG (9-16) // 8 RBI
Austin Meadows: .333 AVG (5-15) // 2 HR and 3 2B
Daniel Robertson: .538 AVG (7-13)
Lucius Fox: .500 AVG (5-10)
Brandon Lowe entered this spring fighting for a roster spot as their simply may not be a spot for him to play. But, with this strong of a start he might have already locked up a spot. His power is real and he has proven it this spring. If Lowe keeps hitting like this he will have Joey Wendle looking over his shoulder… if he isn’t already.
Austin Meadows was essentially handed a starting outfield role when the Rays shipped Mallex Smith to Seattle. He will likely platoon with the recently signed Avisail Garciambut he is making a case for a larger slice of the pie in right. So far he has five hits and all five have gone for extra bases… pretty impressive.
Nate Lowe has gotten off to a slower start than most would like but he did showcase his power a few days ago hitting a monster bomb. Joe McCarthy has looked good at the plate and could contend for a roster spot.
I should mention that although I was highlighting some of the younger Rays hitters, Tommy Pham has also gotten off to a red hot start.