During this afternoon’s contest between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, first base hopeful Nate Lowe clobbered a baseball into orbit. The ball eventually returned to the atmosphere and landed atop the Rays clubhouse in right field.
The was was projected to travel at least 460 feet before landing and bouncing at least another 100 feet away from home plate.
L-O-Lowe.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 27, 2019
550+ ft later...#SpringRays pic.twitter.com/lcSSZnDHHr
Nate Lowe broke out in 2018 and established himself as one of the top power hitting prospects in all of baseball. Across three levels (A+/AA/AAA), Lowe would hit .330/.416/.568 with 27 HR over 555 PA.
Lowe was the Rays 13th round selection in the 2016 draft (his brother, Josh, was the Rays 1st round selection that year). After struggling over his first two years, Lowe made a mechanical change that led to him breaking out and becoming the Rays minor league player of the year, as well as the 97th top ranked prospect in the game by Baseball America.
He entered came with the hopes of competing for the Rays Opening Day first base job. While that extremely unlikely, Lowe will certainly been seen over first base in a Rays uniform at some point during the 2019 season and if he keeps crushing balls like he did earlier today, that moment will come sooner rather than later.
UPDATE - 5:00 PM
So there was some TrackMan data available at Charlotte Sports Park on that homer by #Rays Nate Lowe - 448 feet in the air, 108 mph exit velo— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 27, 2019