Brandon Lowe
Brandon Lowe
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lowe inked a six-year, $24 million extension last March, ensuring he would hold a vital role for the Rays right away after a strong 43-game cameo in 2018. Injuries effectively kept Lowe out of the mix after the All-Star break, but his big first half still made his season an unequivocal success. Initially tabbed for a utility role, the 25-year-old settled at the keystone and was among the top fantasy options at the position when healthy, slashing .276/.339/.523 with 16 homers and five steals before the break. If injuries hadn't intervened, Lowe may have been headed for a drop-off, as his 33.9 K% and .381 BABIP loomed as major signs that the .276 average would fall. Lowe's ability to rack up counting stats appears more repeatable based on his Statcast metrics, so as long as fantasy managers can deal with a sub-.250 average and the Rays benching him versus lefties, there's still value to be had. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $24 million contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Contract includes a $10.5 million team options ($1 million buyout) for 2025 and an $11.5 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2026.
Major contributor in win
2BTampa Bay Rays
August 9, 2020
Lowe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Sunday against the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Lowe took James Paxton deep in the seventh inning for his third home run of the season. He later came around to score the game-winning run in the ninth inning after reaching base on a fielder's choice. Lowe posted a .242/.265/.409 line against southpaws last season, yet all three of the of his home runs have come against lefties to this point in the campaign. Overall, he's hitting .275/.351/.588 across 57 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+171%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .827 123 13 9 21 0 .259 .301 .526
Since 2018vs Right .842 409 54 17 65 7 .261 .345 .497
2020vs Left 1.579 21 4 3 4 0 .444 .524 1.056
2020vs Right .583 36 5 0 6 0 .182 .250 .333
2019vs Left .674 68 6 3 9 0 .242 .265 .409
2019vs Right .899 259 36 14 42 5 .278 .355 .543
2018vs Left .704 34 3 3 8 0 .188 .235 .469
2018vs Right .794 114 13 3 17 2 .247 .351 .443
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .817 291 34 11 48 4 .260 .340 .477
Since 2018Away .864 241 33 15 38 3 .261 .328 .537
2020Home 1.042 37 7 1 7 0 .333 .405 .636
2020Away .750 20 2 2 3 0 .167 .250 .500
2019Home .802 166 18 8 26 2 .258 .325 .477
2019Away .900 161 24 9 25 3 .283 .348 .552
2018Home .746 88 9 2 15 2 .230 .341 .405
2018Away .809 60 7 4 10 0 .236 .300 .509
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Stat Review
How does Brandon 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
0.27
 
BB Rate
7.0%
 
K Rate
26.3%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.314
 
AVG
.275
 
OBP
.351
 
SLG
.588
 
OPS
.939
 
wOBA
.402
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.4%
 
Barrels/PA
7.5%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's difficult to make heads or tails of Lowe. He totaled 28 homers and posted wRC+ marks of 156 and 178 at Double-A and Triple-A, respectively, last season. Lowe was also 13% better than league average, offensively, in his first foray into the major leagues. However, he was relatively old for those levels in the minors and had a 25.7% strikeout rate in the big leagues. Statcast suggests he was a .220-ish hitter. His 77.4% zone-contact rate was way below league average and is a red flag looking ahead to 2019 and beyond. There is some speed here to go along with the pop, and Lowe has shown that he will accept his walks. After the Rays traded Mallex Smith, general manager Erik Neander said publicly that Lowe will be in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but a starting spot seems unlikely barring multiple injuries in front of him on the depth chart.
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Not in lineup for first game
2BTampa Bay Rays
August 8, 2020
Lowe isn't in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
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Knocks in only run
2BTampa Bay Rays
August 3, 2020
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
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Sits against southpaw
2BTampa Bay Rays
August 1, 2020
Lowe is not in the lineup against lefty Wade LeBlanc and the Orioles on Saturday.
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Swats first homer
2BTampa Bay Rays
July 31, 2020
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles.
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Keeps raking Monday
2BTampa Bay Rays
July 27, 2020
Lowe went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's 14-5 rout of Atlanta.
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