Brandon Lowe

#8 2B / Tampa Bay Rays / EXP: 2YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 175 lb Age: 26 College: Maryland Bats/Throws L/R

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    • Lowe got in both batting practice and fielding work at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe was part of a contingent of six Rays position players that was present Monday for the team's ongoing small-group, informal workouts, and Topkin's report implies the versatile infielder put in a full workload under the circumstances. Live batting practice is supposed to be on the menu for the first time in Wednesday's workouts, a particularly timely development considering there now appears to finally be a tangible chance for a 60-game regular season that would begin in late July. Lowe, who impressed during Grapefruit League play before spring training was suspended, should have about a month to ramp back up and continue developing a tweaked swing that now includes a heel tap.

    • Lowe recently revealed on a podcast appearance that he's tweaked his swing by adding a heel tap, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe elaborated on the adjustment to Neil Solondz of Rays Radio, explaining that he picked up the heel tap from former teammate Avisail Garcia last season. Lowe saw Garcia hit a career-high 20 home runs with that approach in 2019, which likely made a strong impression on the emerging 25-year-old. Lowe has been able to engage in batting practice regularly at home while spring training has been suspended, and he'll enter a potential 2020 season with high expectations after hitting .350 during Grapefruit League action before play was paused.

    • Lowe is getting regular batting practice in at home while spring training remains suspended with the help of his wife Madison, a former college softball player, Karen Loftus of WFLA-TV reports. "I thank God every day to have someone that understands everything that I'm going through on a daily basis and to have someone that I can confide in and stuff like that," Lowe said. "She can actually have a good conversation about what she sees when she's in the stance or I can come up to her and say can you give me some front toss or can we go outside and throw?" Madison Lowe was a pitcher at Maryland, where Brandon played college baseball. In addition to getting in his swings, the versatile 25-year-old is working out in a personal garage gym that he recently showed off via his personal Twitter account. Lowe, who hit an impressive .350 (7-for-20) before Grapefruit League play was suspended, is expected to primarily handle second-base duties whenever the regular season does get underway.

    • Lowe, who hit .350 (7-for-20) across nine Grapefruit League contests, should be in the lineup the majority of the time when the Rays face a right-handed starting pitcher this season, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe showed marked improvement at the plate in what was his second big-league tour of duty in 2019, as he slashed .270/.336/.514 with 36 extra-base hits (17 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs) and 51 RBI over 327 plate appearances. The 25-year-old flashed some defensive versatility as well, logging time at four different defensive positions and at designated hitter. Lowe's success this spring only serves to brighten his prospects for the coming season, and his solid .278/.355/.543 line across 259 plate appearances versus righties in 2019 supports the notion his playing time should remain secure versus that handedness.

    • Lowe (personal) is in the lineup for Tuesday's spring game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe was excused Monday to tend to his spring training home with a brush fire in the area, but that will be the extent of his absence. He will man second base and hit cleanup in Tuesday's batting order.

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