Rays Sign Mark Lowe | The Process Report

Rays Sign Mark Lowe

The Rays have signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

If Lowe’s name sounds familiar, it’s because the Rays were tied to him last year. He signed with the Dodgers instead, opted out late in camp, and spent most of the season in the minors. Lowe (predictably) pitched well in the minors, and showed enough to keep the Rays interested.

Lowe is a big right-hander with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and knockout slider. The combination of stuff, release point, and mechanics—he keeps his arm behind his body during his delivery and lands closed—make it tough for same-handed batters to hang in there against him. Unfortunately, he’s less effective against left-handed batters, and has all but dumped his attempt at a changeup. Lowe is wild within the zone and has rarely paired good stuff with good results. Yet he’s got the unteachable qualities, so there might be upside remaining.

As is the case with certain free agents under the new CBA, the Rays will have to keep Lowe on the Opening Day roster to ensure his services. Otherwise, like last season, he’ll be eligible to opt out. Expect to see Lowe compete for a middle relief job.

One Comment

  1. Miles Larsen wrote:

    Sounds a lot like Leuke, no?

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