Brandon Lowe
Brandon Lowe
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lowe inked a six-year, $24 million extension last March, ensuring he would hold a vital role for the Rays right away after a strong 43-game cameo in 2018. Injuries effectively kept Lowe out of the mix after the All-Star break, but his big first half still made his season an unequivocal success. Initially tabbed for a utility role, the 25-year-old settled at the keystone and was among the top fantasy options at the position when healthy, slashing .276/.339/.523 with 16 homers and five steals before the break. If injuries hadn't intervened, Lowe may have been headed for a drop-off, as his 33.9 K% and .381 BABIP loomed as major signs that the .276 average would fall. Lowe's ability to rack up counting stats appears more repeatable based on his Statcast metrics, so as long as fantasy managers can deal with a sub-.250 average and the Rays benching him versus lefties, there's still value to be had. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $24 million contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Contract includes a $10.5 million team options ($1 million buyout) for 2025 and an $11.5 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2026.
Should start versus most righties
2BTampa Bay Rays
March 23, 2020
Lowe, who hit .350 (7-for-20) across nine Grapefruit League contests, should be in the lineup the majority of the time when the Rays face a right-handed starting pitcher this season, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Lowe showed marked improvement at the plate in what was his second big-league tour of duty in 2019, as he slashed .270/.336/.514 with 36 extra-base hits (17 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs) and 51 RBI over 327 plate appearances. The 25-year-old flashed some defensive versatility as well, logging time at four different defensive positions and at designated hitter. Lowe's success this spring only serves to brighten his prospects for the coming season, and his solid .278/.355/.543 line across 259 plate appearances versus righties in 2019 supports the notion his playing time should remain secure versus that handedness.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
4
10
12
17
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
2
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .683 102 9 6 17 0 .224 .255 .429
Since 2017vs Right .868 373 49 17 59 7 .269 .354 .514
2019vs Left .674 68 6 3 9 0 .242 .265 .409
2019vs Right .899 259 36 14 42 5 .278 .355 .543
2018vs Left .704 34 3 3 8 0 .188 .235 .469
2018vs Right .794 114 13 3 17 2 .247 .351 .443
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .784 254 27 10 41 4 .249 .331 .453
Since 2017Away .875 221 31 13 35 3 .270 .335 .540
2019Home .802 166 18 8 26 2 .258 .325 .477
2019Away .900 161 24 9 25 3 .283 .348 .552
2018Home .746 88 9 2 15 2 .230 .341 .405
2018Away .809 60 7 4 10 0 .236 .300 .509
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Lowe compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
34.6%
 
BABIP
.377
 
ISO
.243
 
AVG
.270
 
OBP
.336
 
SLG
.514
 
OPS
.850
 
wOBA
.369
 
Exit Velocity
91.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.9%
 
Barrels/PA
8.0%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's difficult to make heads or tails of Lowe. He totaled 28 homers and posted wRC+ marks of 156 and 178 at Double-A and Triple-A, respectively, last season. Lowe was also 13% better than league average, offensively, in his first foray into the major leagues. However, he was relatively old for those levels in the minors and had a 25.7% strikeout rate in the big leagues. Statcast suggests he was a .220-ish hitter. His 77.4% zone-contact rate was way below league average and is a red flag looking ahead to 2019 and beyond. There is some speed here to go along with the pop, and Lowe has shown that he will accept his walks. After the Rays traded Mallex Smith, general manager Erik Neander said publicly that Lowe will be in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but a starting spot seems unlikely barring multiple injuries in front of him on the depth chart.
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Rejoins team
2BTampa Bay Rays
February 25, 2020
Lowe (personal) is in the lineup for Tuesday's spring game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Feeling healthy in spring
2BTampa Bay Rays
February 16, 2020
Lowe said Saturday that he feels fully healthy entering spring training after he missed much of the second half of the 2019 season while battling a quadriceps injury, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Not starting Thursday
2BTampa Bay Rays
October 10, 2019
Lowe is not in the starting nine for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Thursday.
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Not starting AL Wild Card Game
2BTampa Bay Rays
October 2, 2019
Lowe will be on the bench for Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game in Oakland, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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On bench Sunday
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2019
Lowe is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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