Nate Lowe
Nate Lowe
24-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
$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2016 that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.
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.
ANALYSIS
Lowe has nothing left to prove in the minors, but the Rays' wealth of corner infielders and left-handed options off the bench made it an uphill battle for him to crack the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old may need an injury to either Ji-Man Choi or Yoshitomo Tsutsugo before he gets another opportunity to handle the large side of a platoon with the big club.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
7
14
5
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.018 28 5 2 5 0 .292 .393 .625
Since 2017vs Right .734 141 19 5 14 0 .258 .312 .422
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
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
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .675 71 11 4 9 0 .180 .282 .393
Since 2017Away .852 98 13 3 10 0 .319 .357 .495
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
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 Nate 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
0.26
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.340
 
ISO
.191
 
AVG
.263
 
OBP
.325
 
SLG
.454
 
OPS
.779
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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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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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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Not on ALDS squad
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
October 4, 2019
Lowe is not a member of the Rays' ALDS roster.
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Well-balanced night at plate
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
September 28, 2019
Lowe went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
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Slugs game-winning homer
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
September 22, 2019
Lowe went 1-for-5 with a game-winning two-run home run in an extra-innings victory over the Red Sox on Saturday.
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