His passion though is MLB prospects, and he loves digging into scouting reports and dissecting the stats of prospects trying to understand what they mean. The Situation: One of the biggest surprises from the first month of the season has been the upstart Tampa Bay Rays holding the best record in baseball. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/A2WA1ThyAL. — Foltynewicz allowed six runs in his first two innings before holding Durham scoreless over his final four. He then pushes forward, plants his front foot and then uncoils his built up momentum and catches this mistake pitch up in the zone (the catcher clearly called something down and away) for a ride over the left-center wall! In both rankings, Tampa Bay Rays 1B prospect Nathaniel Lowe was regarded pretty highly as I ranked him 22nd overall among prospects from a fantasy perspective, and Brennen followed suit by ranking Lowe 23rd overall among all 1B dynasty options. 1B Nate Lowe was removed from their 28-man roster for the American League Divisional Series against the Yankees. “Overall, just the confidence that he showed, and it certainly didn’t appear like it was his first Major League game.”. I mentioned in the 2nd paragraph that Lowe finished the 2018 season ranking among the very best hitters in the entire minor leagues, well here are the top 5 hitters of 2018 in terms of wRC+ among those with at least 400+ PAs.
Barring anything silly, he’ll be the No. Click here to get started. Foltynewicz struggled with his 83-85 mph slider early, allowing Durham hitters to sit on his fastball. His stance is ever so slightly open and his hands start pretty tight to the body right by his back shoulder. Pin. I’ve talked about the swing changes and growth in Lowe’s game from a numbers perspective, but let’s take a look at the tape to find the video evidence!
Nate Lowe. Lowe’s stance and swing reminds me of Max Muncy, especially on that opposite field home run from 2018. Fangraphs similarly does not consider him a top 100 overall prospect, and currently ranks him 15th among the Rays prospects. I am of the mindset that saying great work isn’t the most helpful thing I can say… but I do need to mix it in more often. He’s one of the few prospects in the minor leagues for whom I’d shed my media credential and pay money go see in-person. That is a concern along with the bar that a 1B has to clear to have actual value – the guy that got DFA’ed to clear the way hit 30 HR last year and that wasn’t worth a roster spot. The ever-patient Joey Votto may be slightly more patient than Lowe though as Votto’s 4.02 pitches per plate appearance last year rated slightly higher than Lowe’s 3.90 pitches per plate appearance at AA. Scouting reports suggested the big 6 foot 4, 235-pound 1st baseman had power potential too, but with just 5 HRs in his last college season over 247 ABs plus a bat path that caused lower lying contact, it wasn’t certain how much power he would get to as a professional. “Sitting on the plane was kind of surreal,” Lowe said. Lowe, the No.
“Just gotta keep going after it everyday,” he said. Please keep these coming!