The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24-million deal with prospect Brandon Lowe that includes two club options, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Lowe has only recorded 148 plate appearances in the majors, and he started 0-for-19 in August after the Rays called him up in 2018. He’s the No. 9 prospect in the team’s system, according to MLB Pipeline.
The 2015 third-round pick spent time playing second base, left field, and right field while appearing in 43 games for Tampa in 2018.
MLB Pipeline notes that Lowe possesses pure hitting ability, quality on-base skills, and he produced slightly above-average exit velocities during his first taste of the majors, via Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The 24-year-old hit six home runs with a .233/.324/.450 slash line in 2018. However, he compiled a .949 OPS between two levels in the minors last season.