Back at it again! The Tampa Bay Rays make another huge splash in the Bay with their singing of the young stud Brandon Lowe to a six-year $24 million contract with club options for the 2025 and 2026 seasons. If Lowe balls out, and options are exercised and incentives are reached, the deal can be worth up to a whopping $49 million for a guy with 43 big league games under his belt.
The Rays have done it again. If the Rays were a young male child, they would have four children by now based on their love towards young players with potential. Meaning, they rays have now extended four players with less than a year of service time under their belt. Evan Longoria, Matt Moore, and Chris Archer as the true pioneers to start this trend.
Lowe is no slouch. He can play just about every position on the diamond but showed mostly at second base, left and right field. Lowe has the legit gap to gap power stroke with the ability to turn some of those hard hit balls in the gap to home runs. Ranked as a top 100 prospect coming into the season explains that he has talent.
Last year, Lowe’s numbers in the minors, which included stints in Double-A and Triple-A, Lowe slashed .297/.391/.558 with 31 doubles, 22 home runs, 75 RBI’s, 73 runs and even chipped in 8 steals just to let everyone know he’s athletic. Lowe definitely found something in his swing to lift the ball a little more as the season before he only had 11 home runs. You could always tell though due to his doubles that there was sneaky power in that bat somewhere, he just had to find it. Whether it was hiding in Russia or in the trainers cabinet, the man started to rake.
Lowe’s showing in with the big league club didn’t quite translate well but the dude can straight up hit and with his swing, it’s just timing. Through 43 games, Lowe slashed .233/.324/.450 with six doubles, two triples, six home runs and 25 RBI’s. The slugging percentage was healthy enough to show the gap to gap stroke didn’t go anywhere and im sure if you check some of the advanced statistics, there might have been some bad luck balls as well. Meaning he was squaring balls up, just right at people. Either way, the Rays now have their new super utility/second baseman ready to dominate the AL East.
This is a win for all parties involved. Our boy Brandon Lowe gets paid, the Rays lock up another one of their young studs, and the Rays will now almost never have a hole in the corner outfield spots and second base. Who knows, the Rays might give him a shot at all the infield spots and he will be the ultimate in the Rays eyes. Remember the last super utility player the Rays drooled over? Give you a hint, he was an Astros prospect and was traded for stoge smoking Aubrey Huff. Let me know if you know who I’m referring too. Have a great Saturday!