BRANDON Norman LOWE
Nickname:   N/A Position:   2B-OF
Home: N/A Team:   RAYS
Height: 5' 10" Bats:   L
Weight: 185 Throws:   R
DOB: 7/6/1994 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 8  
Birth City: Newport News, VA
Draft: Rays #3 - 2015 - Out of Univ. of Maryland
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2015 - DL                                
2016 MWL BOWLING GREEN   107 379 67 94 15 3 5 42 6 3 60 77 .357 .343 .248
2017 SL MONTGOMERY   24 95 8 24 5 1 2 12 1 1 2 26 .270 .389 .253
2017 FSL CHARLOTTE   90 315 62 98 34 3 9 46 6 3 47 65 .403 .524 .311
2018 IL DURHAM   46 181 36 55 14 0 14 35 0 1 22 47 .380 .613 .304
2018 SL MONTGOMERY   54 199 37 58 17 1 8 41 8 2 35 55 .400 .508 .291
2018 AL RAYS $545.00 43 129 16 30 6 2 6 25 2 1 16 38 .324 .450 .233
2019 IL DURHAM   2 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143
2019 GCL GULF COAST   2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
2019 FSL CHARLOTTE   2 6 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 .375 .333 .167
2019 AL RAYS $1,667.00 82 296 42 80 17 2 17 51 5 0 25 113 .336 .514 .270
Personal
  • Lowe is pronounced "LAU," like Charlie Lau -- or, La-OW.

  • Lowe was a four-year letterman in baseball and was first team all-state (Virginia) at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Virginia.

  • In 2015, the Rays drafted Brandon (see Transactions below).

  • His older sister Breanne is a coach for the Rhodes College field hockey team in Memphis. Their father Tom played baseball at SUNY-Cortland.

  • Lowe's favorite sports hero is Robinson Cano.

  • 2017: Lowe was invited to play in the AFL Fall Stars Game, but was unable to attend due to a shin injury.

  • In 2018, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Brandon as the 16th-best prospect in the Rays' organization. He moved up to #8 in the winter before 2019 spring training.

  • 2019 season:Through the first three months of the season, it looked like Lowe was going to run away with the AL Rookie of the Year Award, but after missing most of the last three months with a pair of injuries, he opened the door for the rest of the competition to make its case. Alvarez is the favorite to win the award, but Lowe can still make a case despite playing just six games in the second half of the season.Lowe finished with 17 home runs while hitting in the middle of a lineup that desperately needed his contributions. The first-time All-Star finished with a 2.6 FanGraphs WAR, which is the lowest of the three finalists, but Lowe is the only player who contributed both defensively and offensively. Lowe’s chances at the award took a hit due to injuries, but he still remains a quality choice to win it. ( Juan Toribio - MLB.com - Nov. 10, 2019)

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    Nov. 11, 2019: Lowe finished third in AL Rookie of Year voting.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2015: The Rays chose Brandon in the third round, out of the University of Maryland. And he signed for $697,500, via scout Lou Wieben.

  • March 20, 2019: Brandon signed a six-year, $24 million deal. He became just the fourth player in Rays history to sign a long-term extension with less than a year in the Majors.
Batting
  • 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).

  • As of the start of the 2020 season, Brandon's career Major League stats were: .259 batting average, 23 home runs with 76 RBI in 425 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Brandon makes all the routine plays at second base. He is an average fielder on the big league level. And his arm is also fringe-average—both grading 50 on the 20-80 scouting scale.

  • Lowe needs to improve his footwork to increase his range at second base.

    Lowe can make the throw from short right field on shifts. 

    Brandon does a good job on the pivot for a double play.

  • In 2018, Brandon added some versatility, starting games at second base and both outfield corners.

    Lowe improved his defensive play at second base, but his range and arm strength grade as fringe-average. His arm plays up thanks to his accuracy and strong internal clock.
  • In 2019 with the Rays, Lowe played mostly second base. But he also played first base, left field, and right field.
Running
  • Brandon has average speed (a 50 grade). He runs the bases intelligently.
Career Injury Report
  • 2013: Lowe tore his ACL in his knee in a gruesome injury at the start of his freshman season, and he was redshirted.

  • May 2015: Brandon broke his right fibula during the college super-regional.

  • July 2-Sept 22, 2019: Lowe was on the IL with a right shin bone bruise.

    Aug 3, 2019: Lowe fielded ground balls and did some hitting, and the infielder said it “went well,” but there’s still no timetable for his return. Lowe has been sidelined, and it has taken longer to heal than originally expected.

    Lowe received a cortisone shot before the team traveled to Toronto, and the infielder said that it “helped a ton,” but he’s still not where he wants to be when it comes to fielding ground balls and playing close to 100 percent.

    August 21, 2019: The Rays announced that Lowe would miss the rest of the year— postseason included. While rehabbing from the right shin injury, he strained his left quad. (Editor's note: Ouch.)