Lowe's best tool is his ability to post a good average. He gets a 50 for his hitting tool, and a 45 for his fringe-average raw power.
In 2017, Brandon increased his power after shifting his hands away from his body during his setup. His hands work well now, allowing him to handle quality fastballs, and he puts together competitive at-bats against same-side pitchers.
He sets his hands low at the plate before unleashing a quick, powerful lefthanded swing from a smaller, compact frame with good leverage. Lowe has the plate discipline and feel for the barrel to be an average hitter and the plus raw power to hit the ball out from pole to pole and deliver average home run totals. (Spring, 2019)
Brandon has an advanced approach from the left side of the plate. He can flat-out hit. He has above-average bat speed. He attacks pitches in the strike zone with his short, compact lefthanded stroke.
Lowe has tremendous strike-zone discipline. He gets on base a lot.
"He has great at-bats on a daily basis. He sees the ball, he's short and quick to it, makes contact, hits for power and takes his walks," Rays senior VP, Chaim Bloom on Brandon.
2017 season: Lowe watched his stock rise this year as he was one of the best hitters in the Florida State League for the bulk of the season. The Rays' No. 13 prospect hit .311 over 90 games with Class A Advanced Charlotte. After a late-season promotion to Double-A Montgomery, however, Lowe watched his average dip as he hit just .253 over 24 games.
- August 15, 2018: Brandon had been hitless in his first 19 Major League at-bats, giving him the second-longest hitless streak to begin a career in team history. Of course, there really wasn't any shame there since Stephen Vogt set the standard, going 0-for-25 in 2012, and Vogt went on to become an All-Star.
Lowe killed the suspense with a well-placed blooper to left in the second inning, giving him his first Major League hit and RBI while putting the Rays up, 1-0.
"Finally I can move past that huge obstacle of that first hit," Lowe said. "I can finally relax and settle in. … It was starting to get pretty frustrating, I can't lie. Baseball's a very frustrating game. But you have to stay with the plan that's really gotten you to where you are."
Lowe struck again in the fifth with Ji-Man Choi on second base. This time Lowe singled to right, driving home his second run and pushing the Rays' lead to 6-1. (Chastain - mlb.com)
May 25, 2019: Lowe said that he has recently worked on attacking breaking balls and off-speed pitches. That became necessary after he witnessed a 10 percent drop in opposing fastballs this month compared to April, a progression you might see after a young player begins to prove himself. That game plan certainly makes sense, given that Lowe entered the game with a .629 slugging percentage on fastballs compared to .444 against breaking balls and .484 against off-speed.
“If you’re not going to challenge a guy with a fastball, you want to work around him with off-speed, you can take it as a compliment,” Lowe said. “But they also know that’s what has gotten me out. We’re really working on everything to kind of figure out what to do next.”
His two extra-base hits against changeups certainly were a step in the right direction.
Additionally, both of his extra-base hits were classified as barrels, Statcast’s ideal combination of launch angle and exit velocity. The solid knocks lifted him into a second-place tie with Yandy Diaz for the most barrels on the club (16).