Rays Notes: Nate Lowe, Franco
By TC Zencka | November 22, 2020 at 3:24pm CDTSome updates from the Dominican League…
Rays first baseman Nate Lowe has left his Dominican League crew as a way to put together for the MLB season, per Escogido Baseball (through Twitter). Formally, Lowe’s departure was a private determination, however he was reportedly involved about rising circumstances of COVID-19 and didn’t need to put his readiness for the 2021 MLB season in danger. Lowe faces stiff competitors for taking part in time with the Rays. He has managed 245 plate appearances over the previous two seasons with a succesful .251/.322/.447 slash line, however his enjoying time has largely include Ji-Man Choi on the shelf. Lowe faces an analogous barrier to enjoying time subsequent seasno, as he at present sits behind Choi and Yoshi Tsutsugo as lefty first-baseman/designated-hitter-types.
Prime MLB prospect Wander Franco is recovering from “discomfort in his proper bicep,” per Escogido Baseball (through Twitter). Franco has been wonderful to date with a triple slash of .350/.435/.500 within the Dominican League. The damage doesn’t look like greater than a day-to-day problem for the highly-touted shortstop. Rays followers are certainly hopeful that Franco will discover his technique to the big-league roster this season. Whereas it’s robust to enhance upon a roster that received the American League pennant, including a 80-rated hit device from the minors is one technique to improve. The Rays have proven a willingness to be affected person with their prospects, nonetheless, and Willy Adames is capably holding down the shortstop spot within the meantime. Past Adames, the Rays boast a wholesome secure of infielders, even earlier than increasing to incorporate different prime Rays’ prospects. Taylor Partitions, Vidal Brujan, and Kevin Padlo might quickly compete for big-league at-bats, although none threaten Franco’s long-term declare to an infield spot.
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