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Rays take Joshua Lowe of Georgia at 13

With the 13th overall pick in the draft, the Rays selected 3B Joshua Lowe, a high schooler from Georgia. He is 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. Bats left. Throws right.

Here is the scouting report:

"The most talented two-way player in the 2016 Draft, Lowe almost certainly will be drafted in the first round as a position player. Nevertheless, there are scouts who think he may be the best high school arm to come out of Georgia since Zack Wheeler went sixth overall to the Giants in 2009. The state's Gatorade player of the year, he led Pope High (Marietta) to the Georgia 6-A finals.

It's hard to ignore what Lowe brings to the table as a position player. He can be streaky at the plate but his quick, controlled left-handed swing and the leverage in his long frame produce considerable raw power. The Florida State recruit also has plus speed and arm strength, which should translate into solid defense at third base or in center field.

While there's more projection involved when evaluating Lowe as a pitcher, it's easy to dream on an athletic 6-foot-4, 190-pounder with a loose arm and relatively clean delivery. He works at 91-93 mph and can hit the mid-90s with his fastball, which plays up thanks to its downward plane, run and sink. Lowe's three-quarters breaking ball lacks consistency, but it has the makings of a solid slider, and he has some feel for a sinking changeup that gets too firm at times."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:51pm]


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