Rays prospect Nate Lowe gets the call

Andy Behrens
Tampa Bay Rays' Nate Lowe follows through on a solo home run int he sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Nate Lowe powering up in spring training. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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...

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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.