Lowe, Rays hope for a playoff run

Published 9:03 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Suffolk native Brandon Lowe will see his first career Major League Baseball playoff action this week.

It has been a season filled with highs and lows for the former Nansemond River High School standout. Lowe was called up to the majors to play for the Tampa Bay Rays in August 2018. He has set the team ablaze with his powerful hitting and solid play in the infield or outfield whenever the Rays needed him. The Rays did not make the playoffs last season, but after roughly 40 games of seeing Lowe in the majors, the Rays signed him to a multi-million-dollar extension before the season started back in March.

Lowe got off to a hot start, as he’d become one of the premier second basemen in the American League. His play was so strong that Lowe was in contention to become the AL Rookie of the Year. His strong play also earned him an All-Star bid; unfortunately, a leg injury caused him to miss much of the second half of the season.


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However, Lowe is back and looking forward to helping the Rays in the playoff this week.

The Rays will play the Oakland Athletics in the wild-card round of the MLB playoffs. If they win that game, they will go on to play the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.

Tampa Bay has won 96 games this season — six more than they did last season — and are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.

Lowe vowed to return to his team in case of a playoff run, and after healing and rehab assignments, he has.

The former Warrior was a standout at Nansemond River, earning All-District, All-Region and All-State accolades while also earning Player of the Year honors in the district.