The Tampa Bay Rays selected two members of the Lowe family in the Major League Baseball Draft.
The Rays used the 13th overall pick to selected third baseman Joshua Lowe from Pope High (Marietta, Ga.), who was named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year. Lowe hit. 391 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI for a Pope team that reached the Class AAAAAA state finals.
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The 6-4 Lowe, a Florida State signee, also did some work on the mound as the Pope closer with six saves and 33 strikeouts in 22 innings, although his future seems to be as an infielder. He throws 91-93 mph and can hit the mid-90s with his fastball so it’s not out of the question that the Rays could consider him on the mound.
The Rays went back to the Lowe family in the 13th round, selecting Mississippi State junior first baseman Nathaniel Lowe with the 390th pick overall. Nathaniel hit .354, second on the team, with a team-best 49 RBI and five homers.
Nathaniel, selected as a second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger, has a year of eligibility remaining and could return to Mississippi State for his senior year in hopes of being drafted higher next June.
Their father, Dave, was drafted as a pitcher in the fifth round by the Seattle Mariners in 1986, but instead accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and played football and baseball for the Middies before becoming a career Navy pilot for 20 years.