Maryland Baseball: Brandon Lowe is one of top hitters in Florida State League
Brandon Lowe showed tremendous potential during his time in College Park.
In 2017, the former Maryland second baseman is hitting the ball extremely well for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League.
During his two seasons with the Terrapins, Lowe hit .338 and totaled 10 home runs and 95 RBIs. The Newport News native also scored 93 runs and ripped off 37 extra base hits (30 doubles).
Lowe hit nine of his home runs as a sophomore during the 2015 season. Following that year, he was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round (no. 87 overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Despite not being in the minor leagues too long, Lower is absolutely raking it in the Florida State League.
Lowe is currently the third-best hitter in the High A league with a .337 batting average while leading the league in on-base percentage (.432) and slugging percentage (.634). The former Terp also has nine home runs and 25 RBIs for the Stone Crabs, who currently sit in fourth place in Florida State League’s South division.
Coming into the season, Lowe wasn’t very highly regarded as far as being a top prospect in the Rays organization. In fact, he wasn’t even listed among the top 30 in their system.
However, the former Maryland standout is making an effort to change that.
In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .387 with six home runs and 10 RBIs. In Saturday’s 3-2 loss against Clearwater, Lowe hit a pair of solo home runs for Charlotte.
In addition, Lowe earned Florida State League Player of the Week honors on Monday. He hit .471 (8-of-17) to go along with three home runs and four RBIs while scoring seven runs for the Stone Crabs.
Lowe’s performance has been nothing sort of sensational considering how he performed last season.
The former Terp spent the 2016 season with the Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Midwest League. Lowe hit just .248 and slugged just five home runs while accumulating 42 RBIs in 107 games.
If Lowe continues his strong season in Charlotte, he should shatter those numbers.
Lowe certainly is off to a phenomenal start in 2017. While there’s still plenty of more baseball left to be played, numbers of this caliber will certainly get him noticed in the Rays organization.