#3: Nate Lowe, 23, LHH
While Nate Lowe may be the longterm solution at first base for the Tampa Bay Rays, he still has some work to do after struggling this spring. The left-handed slugger who hit 27 bombs across three levels of play will without a doubt see major league at bats in 2019, it is just a matter of when.
Aside from the 3 bombs he his this spring, he struggled going 6 for 42 with 17 strikeouts to only 1 walk. The kid can flat-out hit, but he won’t receive a call until he can prove he can do so consistently at Durham. His power was impressive, but a .143 average in Spring Training isn’t going to cut it.
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I would assume that Lowe was simply trying to do too much this spring after receiving tons of praise regarding his power that he displayed during batting practice. If he can repeat his 2018 performance at the plate, Rays fans will be in for a treat for many years to come.
2018 numbers at HiA, AA, AAA:
130 G // .330/.416/.568 // 27 HR // 102 RBI
Baseball America ranked Lowe as the Rays #9 prospect saying this about his path to Tampa Bay, “His plus power is alluring and now that Jake Bauers is traded, his path to a major league role is clearer.”
It isn’t a question of if, but rather when. Barring a brutal start at AAA, we will see Lowe’s name scribbled on a major league lineup card this season.
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