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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rays promoted first baseman Nate Lowe from Triple-A Durham before their series opener against the Royals, giving one of their top prospects a shot Monday night amid a wave of injuries.
Lowe was batting fifth as the designated hitter in his big league debut. Rays manager Kevin Cash said the 23-year-old slugger would likely play first base Tuesday night.
Nate Lowe follows through on a solo home run during a spring training game in March. Associated Press
“There was a lot to like with what he did last year. He was really, really impressive at three levels,” Cash said. “He can hit the ball a long, but he can also hit well.”
Lowe was the Rays’ minor league player of the year last season, hitting a combined .330 with 27 home runs and 102 RBIs at Class A Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery and Durham. He scorched spring training and was hitting .300 with three homers and 21 RBIs for Durham this season.
The American League East-leading Rays, who began the night with the best record in the majors, promoted Lowe in part because infielder Joey Wendle is out with a