NEW YORK — Rookie Nate Lowe has had a pretty good run since rejoining the Rays on July 4.
He's shown the power that pushed him into prospect status and sparked a debate, at least among fans, if he should stick around as the starting first baseman ahead of Ji-Man Choi.
Now he’s earned some attention around MLB, named Monday as the AL Player of the Week for his performance in the four games since the All-Star break.
Lowe put up some impressive numbers, posting a .471 average by going 8-for-17, hitting three homers while driving in seven runs, and compiling a 1.559 OPS.
Lowe, who turned 24 on Saturday, is in his third stint with the Rays. Overall, he is hitting .299 with 5 homers, 11 RBIs and a .927 OPS.
He is the second Ray to win the weekly honor this season; Austin Meadows won April 8-14. Lowe is the second Rays rookie to win, joining Evan Longoria, who did June 23-29, 2008.