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Former Patriot Makes Major League Debut

Updated: May 1, 2019


Nate Lowe high-fives his teammates after scoring a run in his Major League debut. Photo Courtesy: Rays Baseball

Former Patriot Nate Lowe made his Major League debut and recorded his first Major League hit for the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.


Lowe is the first former Pats player to reach the major leagues.


“It’s awesome,” Lowe told MLB.com on his debut. “It’s something you definitely dream of for so long. And being able to finally go out there and do it and get a win today and get a hit today and contribute a little bit is pretty awesome.”


Starting at designated hitter, Lowe went 1-for-4 with one walk and a stolen base in his debut with the Rays. His first major league hit came in the eighth inning as he doubled into right center field. Lowe then scored his first Major League run on a single by Kevin Kiermeier as the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5.


A native of Marietta, Ga., Lowe played for the Pats during their inaugural season in 2014, batting a Pats single-season record .370 while hitting six doubles and three home runs. Lowe also led the team with 20 RBI and 22 walks that season.


"As a member of our inaugural season in 2014, Nate was a huge part of the equation," said Head Coach Gil Navarro on Lowe. "I wish Nate much success in his career where I have no doubt he will continue to make our program proud. It was my absolute privilige to have coached him!"


After graduating from Pope High School in 2014, Lowe played collegiate baseball at Mercer, St. Johns River State, and Mississippi State before being selected by the Rays in the 13th Round of the 2016 MLB Draft, another first for a former Pats player.


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