Jason Woodell’s Scouting Reports: 5/30 (Nathaniel Lowe)

Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) is back on the Farm with another scouting report. Jason sees a lot of prospects up close and gives some great, detailed feedback on their tools in action. Here’s Jason’s look at Rays prospect Nathaniel Lowe.

Nathaniel Lowe, 1B
Charlotte Stone Crabs – High A – Florida State League
Tampa Bay Rays
6’4 235 lbs.
Bats: L Throws: R

Lowe is big and strong, thick lower half and core, with strong forearms and wrists. Body has reached max projection. He does possess some athleticism and moves well for a big guy.

At the plate, sets up in a neutral stance with his hands low and close to his body. Has a bit of loop to get hands to load that pitchers could expose with fastballs on the hands. Utilizes a toe tap and stride with hands getting to load as lead foot finishes stride. Once in the load position, Lowe is able to keep his hands back. Swing is balanced with natural raw power. Swing stays short and to the ball. Will turn on inside pitches with authority but mostly stays up the middle. Power plays to all fields. Doesn’t need to sell out in order to hit the ball out of the ballpark.

Lowe possess good plate coverage. Is able to muscle tough pitches into the OF for base hits. Patient hitter with good pitch recognition. Doesn’t expand the zone. Battles at the plate. Takes what pitchers give him.

Serviceable on defense. Future value is limited due to 1B/DH profile. Below average speed. At this point in his development, Lowe is too advanced for High A, and needs to see AA pitching in order to ascertain his true ability to recognize pitches and develop his hit tool.

2018 stats
.380/.459/.626 15 doubles 9 HR 24 BB 29 K

Hit: 45/50
Power: 50/60
Raw Power: 60/60
Speed: 40
Defense: 40/45

Future value: 45 – Platoon bat at 1B/DH. Hit tool and power will need continued development to reach ceiling of everyday 1B/DH.

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