Tampa Bay Rays’ young second baseman had a breakout 2019. Here’s a rundown of his stats and what to expect in 2020.
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia
College: University of Maryland
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 3rd round of the 2015 MLB June amateur draft
2019 Salary: $1,000,000
2020 Salary: $1,500,000
Free Agent: 2024 (team option for 2025 and 2026)
VS LHP: .278/.355/.543
VS RHP: .242/.265/.409
- In 2019, before his injury, Lowe was on pace to hit over 30 HR and drive in 100 RBI. All while maintaining an OPS well above .800.
- Finished 3rd in AL Rookie of the Year voting last season despite having played in only 82 games.
- Showing his versatility, Lowe has played 27 games in his career at positions other than 2B including 22 in the outfield, five at 1B, and four at DH.
- Placed 5th in mlb.com’s list of top 10-second baseman for 2020 earlier this month.
- One of only five players from the 2015 draft to be named an All-Star to this point
2020 Steamer Projections
Staying healthy will be the key to a successful year for Lowe and the Rays. The slugging second baseman showed what he was capable of at the plate last season in just 82 games, so there should be a lot of excitement from Rays’ fans everywhere about the upcoming season for Brandon Lowe.
If Lowe can manage another all-star appearance this year he would join rare company as just the seventh Rays’ player with multiple career all-star bids. At second base there are not many guys with his kind of power, a big year in 2020 should give him the kind of mainstream recognition a player of his caliber deserves.
*Stats for this profile were collected from ESPN, Steamer, baseball reference, and Fangraphs.