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Rays promote No. 4 prospect Lowe

Arozarena to paternity checklist; Choi, Wisler reinstated from 10-day IL

September eighth, 2021

BOSTON — The Rays will get a see at every other one among their top potentialities this week, as they known as up outfielder Josh Lowe from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday morning.

Lowe, the Rays’ No. 4 prospect and No. 76 general on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 checklist, became promoted sooner than the Rays’ sequence finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He’ll temporarily bewitch the placement of outfielder Randy Arozarena, who will hasten away out as a minimum two games after being placed on the paternity checklist.

Lowe will originate for the Rays in his Foremost League debut on Wednesday, batting eighth and playing correct field. He’ll become the 58th player conventional by Tampa Bay this season, breaking the franchise document of 57 situation in 2019.

The Rays bear felt the 23-twelve months-extinct Lowe became ready for the Majors for reasonably some time this twelve months, and it shows in the numbers he’s attach up for Durham. The athletic outfielder, Tampa Bay’s first-round take dangle of in the 2016 Draft, is hitting .282/.369/.540 with 21 homers, 24 doubles and 24 stolen bases whereas playing all three outfield positions in 98 games at the Triple-A level this season.

“He’s obtained an handsome disposition to head about each and each day in a an analogous vogue. He’s going to work as onerous as he can,” director of Minor League operations Jeff McLerran talked about on Aug. 25. “He can bear an affect on a sport in so many suggestions, whether or no longer it’s in the field, on the bases, so that you just already know that even supposing one thing happens to be struggling, he can support you out a definite capability. … I verbalize he’s going to be a guy that’s going to discontinuance an affect for our colossal league crew in the shut to future.”

That proved to be prescient, as Lowe (pronounced “low”) might per chance be the latest in a prolonged line of proficient younger avid gamers to come out of the Rays’ farm system this season. Already this twelve months, Tampa Bay — which has the suitable document in the American League and a 9 1/2-sport lead in the AL East — has taken a behold at the group’s shining future by calling upon old potentialities cherish Arozarena, Hump Franco, Shane McClanahan, Luis Patiño, Taylor Partitions and Josh Fleming.

Now comes Lowe, as a minimum for about a days. The Rays’ need in the outfield ought to be transient. Arozarena is along with his important other on paternity hasten away, which lasts as a minimum 1 day nonetheless no greater than three, and Brett Phillips (sprained correct ankle) will most likely be eligible to come off the 10-day injured checklist sooner than Friday’s sequence opener in Detroit.

But their present design back creates an opening for Lowe, who became already on the membership’s 40-man roster. Lowe — the brother of present Rangers/old Rays first baseman Nate Lowe, nonetheless unrelated to Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (rhymes with “wow”) — will attach on No. 53 in his first colossal league callup.

The Rays also made about a anticipated roster moves Wednesday morning. They reinstated first baseman Ji-Man Choi (left hamstring stress) and reliever Matt Wisler (correct middle finger inflammation) from the 10-day IL, optioned reliever Louis Head to Triple-A Durham for the 10th time this season and designated correct-hander David Hess for project.

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