Toolshed: Rays' Lowe powering up

First baseman crushing baseballs, expectations to climb ranks

Nate Lowe went from hitting seven home runs in 2017 to smashing 27 across three levels last season. (Chris Baird/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | March 15, 2019 10:11 AM ET

Eighth-ranked Rays prospect Nate Lowe has made power his focus, which has helped him become one of the most promising first-base prospects in the game while putting him on the cusp of the Major Leagues.

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Farm System Rankings: Overall (10-1)

Padres, Rays, Braves battle for top spot in 2019

San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. and MacKenzie Gore are two of MLB.com's top 15 overall prospects. (Charlie Riedel/AP, Fort Wayne TinCaps)

By Sam Dykstra | March 6, 2019 10:08 AM ET

The Padres, Rays and Braves compete for the top three spots as MiLB.com concludes its Farm System Rankings with the top 10 overall systems in the game heading into the 2019 season.

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Rays' McKay taking new two-way approach

Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect to DH when not pitching this year

Brendan McKay posted a 2.41 ERA and a .214 batting average across three different levels last year. (Cliff Welch/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | March 4, 2019 9:11 PM ET

Third-ranked Rays prospect Brendan McKay won't play the field but will serve as his team's designated hitter when not pitching this season.

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Lowe produces in spades in Rays' win

Ninth-ranked prospect collects four knocks, drives in six runs

Brandon Lowe put up a .297/.391/.558 slash line across two levels last year before making his big league debut. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

March 2, 2019 5:46 PM ET

Ninth-ranked prospect Brandon Lowe homered, doubled twice and drove in all of the Rays' runs in a 6-5 Grapefruit League victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Farm System Rankings: Pitchers (10-1)

Braves reign supreme once more; Padres right behind them

Four of the Braves' five top 100 prospects made their big league debuts last year. (Steven Goldburg, Taylor Botta, Will Fagan, Bernie Connelly)

By Chris Bumbaca | February 20, 2019 9:59 AM ET

With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 10-1 based on pitching strength.

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Farm system rankings: Position players 10-1

Rays still loaded; Jays have talent to back top prospect Vlad Jr.

Wander Franco notched a 1.004 OPS in 61 Appalachian League games last summer. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan | February 13, 2019 10:09 AM ET

With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 10-1, based on the strength of position players.

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Seelinger, Dunn at home in Long Island gym

Rays, M's prospects trade tips, workout routines at local facility

The Mariners' Justin Dunn (left) and the Rays' Matt Seelinger learn from each other during the offseason. (Chris Bumbaca/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca | February 11, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Mariners starter Justin Dunn is a top prospect. Rays right-hander Matt Seelinger is a late-round pick and a reliever. They trade pitching tips during an offseason workout.

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Toolshed: Hot finishes may lead to hot starts

Rays' Brujan, Astros' Abreu will be worth watching in early going

Vidal Brujan could be the next prospect ready to break out in an already deep Tampa Bay system. (Charlotte Stone Crabs)

By Sam Dykstra | January 18, 2019 10:00 AM ET

The Tampa Bay Rays' Vidal Brujan and the Houston Astros' Bryan Abreu finished 2018 strong, but didn't crack the Top 100 Prospects list. That might change early in 2019.

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2019 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

Guerrero expected to swiftly become one of game's best sluggers

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in baseball, has hit .331 over 276 Minor League games. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

By Sam Dykstra | January 4, 2019 10:26 AM ET

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to reach the Majors in 2019, and when he does, Steamer projections indicate he'll be one of the game's best sluggers out of the gate.

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Rangers acquire White, Burke in trade

A's, Rays also involved in deal that sends Profar to Oakland

Eli White ranked second in the Texas League with a .306 average in 130 games for Double-A Midland last season. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 21, 2018 12:47 PM ET

The Rangers acquired four Minor Leaguers, including infielder Eli White and left-hander Brock Burke, in a three-team deal Friday that also involved the A's and Rays.

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