Awards for Rays: Brandon Lowe named AL rookie of the month, Tyler Glasnow top pitcher

Lowe hit .289 with 6 homers and 17 RBIs, Glasnow was 5-0, 1.75 in six starts through the end of April.
Brandon Lowe, left, and Tyler Glasnow, right. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Brandon Lowe, left, and Tyler Glasnow, right. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Glasnow and Brandon Lowe have been two of the key contributors to the Rays’ strong early showing.

And Thursday they were recognized for their performance, Glasnow named the American League Pitcher of the Month and Lowe the Rookie of the Month.

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Glasnow, in his first full season with the Rays after being acquired July from Pittsburgh, was 5-0, 1.75 in six starts, tying for the league lead in wins and ranking second in ERA.

“It feels great,’’ Glasnow said. “Especially coming up initially in the big leagues and not having to much success. It’s a nice feeling to feel like I belong for sure.’’

Glasnow is the third straight Rays pitcher to win the award, as Blake Snell was the August and September choice. The last time a team had three straight winners was 2004, when Minnesota’s Johan Santana was tabbed in July, August and September.

Glasnow hopes his early-season success is the start of something.

“I think I can pull some motivation from it for sure,’’ Glasnow said. “I think the plan now is definitely to keep my head down and keep focused and just don’t be content. Just be ready for the rest of the season, for sure.’’

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Lowe was voted the winner after leading league rookies in a number of categories, including a .289 average, 6 homers, 17 RBIs, .917 OPS, a .350 on-base percentage, a .567 slugging percentage, 17 runs and 26 hits.

“It’s incredible,’’ Lowe said. “There’s so many good rookies that are playing right now that have put up some great numbers, and to be able to win this for the month is pretty special.’’

Lowe, who was two at-bats shy last season of the 131 that would have exhausted his rookie eligibility, is the first Rays winner since Wil Myers in September 2013.

He, too, plans to build on his solid performance.

“Absolutely,’’ he said. “You had a good first month, nice pat on the back. It’s a new month now, there’s a lot of games left.’’

Voting is done by writers and broadcasters covering AL teams, with five votes in each market.

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