Nate Lowe
Nate Lowe
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lowe appeared in his first 50 MLB games in 2019, holding his own with a .263/.325/.454 slash line (good for a 107 wRC+) and seven homers. On most teams that would be enough for him to at least start on the strong side of a platoon, but with Ji-Man Choi and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo already in the fold as left-handed hitters at the bottom of the defensive spectrum, Lowe could be ticketed for Triple-A. Scouts like both his power and contact, and he managed a strong .289/.421/.508 line in 93 games for Triple-A Durham. His plate discipline was particularly noteworthy over that stretch, as he posted a 17.7 BB% and a 20.2 K%, far better than his 7.7 BB% and 29.6 K% in the majors. He had an .888 OPS in 178 PA against same-handed pitching at Triple-A, so a move to a less platoon-happy organization would be a boon for his fantasy value. If the Rays stand pat, it could mean another year of inconsistent playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2016 that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.
Left off roster
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 23, 2020
The Rays assigned Lowe to their alternate training site Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Lowe is one of the Rays' top power bats at any level of the system, but he wasn't an ideal fit for a bench role with two other lefty-hitting first basemen in front of him on the depth chart (Ji-Man Choi and Yoshi Tsutsugo). The Rays have ample depth at every position on the roster, so it could require multiple absences from lineup regulars before Lowe gets another look as a strong-side platoon bat.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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2019
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left 1.018 28 5 2 5 0 .292 .393 .625
Since 2018vs Right .734 141 19 5 14 0 .258 .312 .422
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 1.018 28 5 2 5 0 .292 .393 .625
2019vs Right .734 141 19 5 14 0 .258 .312 .422
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2018
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
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+26%
OPS on Road
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .675 71 11 4 9 0 .180 .282 .393
Since 2018Away .852 98 13 3 10 0 .319 .357 .495
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .675 71 11 4 9 0 .180 .282 .393
2019Away .852 98 13 3 10 0 .319 .357 .495
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Prior to 2018, Lowe’s claim to fame was being the older brother of Josh Lowe, the Rays’ selection with the No. 13 overall pick in 2016. Nathaniel was less heralded, transferring from Mercer to St. Johns River State College to Mississippi State before Tampa selected him in the 13th round in 2016. As an older first baseman with minimal pedigree, he wasn’t considered much of a prospect until he exploded in his third pro season. Lowe was the best hitter in the Florida State League (191 wRC+), got promoted to Double-A, was the best hitter in the Southern League (193 wRC+), and finally got challenged after a promotion to Triple-A. His walk rate dipped (15.6% to 7.3%), his strikeout rate spiked (13.3% to 24.5%) and his pull rate jumped by 11%. If he can recapture the patient, all-fields, flyball-oriented approach he showed at Double-A, Lowe will look the part of a big-league cleanup hitter. If not, there is some Quadruple-A hitter risk.
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Tried out at third
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 7, 2020
Lowe has put in work at third base in summer camp thus far, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Takes BP in first day of camp
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 3, 2020
Lowe was one of the players to take batting practice during the Rays' first day of summer camp Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 26, 2020
The Rays optioned Lowe to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Toils through sluggish spring
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 22, 2020
Lowe hit .227 (5-for-22) with two doubles, two RBI, two walks and one run across 11 Grapefruit League games during spring training.
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Drops weight in offseason
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
February 17, 2020
Lowe arrived in Rays camp nearly 20 pounds lighter than his season-ending weight of 245 pounds, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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