General manager Erik Neander said Lowe is in the mix of outfielders competing for a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe's chances of making the Opening Day roster seem to have improved after Mallex Smith was traded to the Mariners on Thursday. Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier (foot) and Austin Meadows are expected to open the season as starters, but Lowe will battle it out with newly acquired Guillermo Heredia for the fourth outfield spot. The 24-year-old prospect made his major-league debut in 2018, hitting .233/.324/.450 with six homers and two stolen bases across 43 games for the Rays.
Lowe went 3-for-3 with a two-run double, another two-bagger and a walk in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. The rookie continued to make impactful contact Tuesday, with his pair of doubles giving him 12 extra-base hits (five doubles, two triples, five home runs) in September. That's led to an impressive 15 RBI as well as a 30-point boost in batting average to .248.
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Lowe's 392-foot shot off Jose Manuel Fernandez with Joey Wendle aboard in the eighth closed out the scoring on the day for the Rays. The rookie has been knocking the cover off the ball more often than not in September, as 10 (three doubles, two triples, five homers) of his 14 hits during the month have now gone for extra bases, and he's made hard contact at an impressive 39.0 percent rate during that span.
Lowe is not in the lineup for Fridays game against against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe heads to the bench for the second time in the last three games as right-hander Sean Reid-Foley takes the mound for Toronto. Joey Wendle grabs the start at second base and will bat fifth for the Rays.
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run triple in a win over the Athletics on Sunday. Lowe's second career three-bagger in the seventh brought home Matt Duffy and Carlos Gomez, extending the Rays' lead to 5-0 at the time. The rookie is putting good wood on the ball in September, as nine of his 12 hits during the month have now gone for extra bases. That's helped lead to an impressive 11 RBI over 41 at-bats, as well as a 39-point boost in batting average to .247.