If you’re a fantasy owner in need of a power boost, Tampa Bay is here to help.
The Rays have promoted 23-year-old slugger Nate Lowe from Triple-A Durham. He’ll bat fifth on Monday in his MLB debut, a strong indication the team expects immediate results.
You might recall that Lowe made some noise this spring with moonshots like this...
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 27, 2019
His power is legit. Lowe slashed an impressive .330/.416/.568 last season across three minor league levels, delivering 60 extra-base hits, including 27 homers. He was off to a .300/.444/.543 start this season, and he’s walking nearly as often as he strikes out (17 BB, 19 Ks). There’s a lot to like in his profile (and his baseball backstory).
Left-handed pitching has given Lowe trouble in the high minors — he’s 12-for-48 with one homer at Triple-A — so he’s a clear candidate to sit against southpaws. But the Rays have a need for left-handed pop at the moment, which makes him relevant. He’s on the mixed-league radar, approved for use. Add as needed.