PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (August 2, 2017) - In conjunction with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Charlotte Stone Crabs promoted second baseman Brandon Lowe and catcher Brett Sullivan to Double-A Montgomery Wednesday.
Lowe will finish as the Stone Crabs' single-season champion in slugging percentage (.524) and OPS (.927), breaking records set by two-time Major League All-Star Stephen Vogt in 2010.
Lowe and Sullivan will both finish top-10 in Charlotte history in several single-season categories. Lowe will place second in doubles (340), fourth in batting average (.311) and on-base percentage (.403), seventh in runs scored (62) and tenth in walks (47). Sullivan ends up fourth in Charlotte history in RBI (67), sixth in slugging percentage (.463) and eighth in batting average (.301).
With Wednesday's promotions, the Stone Crabs lose their primary middle-of-the-order bats. Sullivan hit third or fourth in the batting order in all 79 of his starts, while Lowe did so in 57 of his 85.
As of Wednesday, Sullivan leads both the Florida State League and the Rays' organization in RBI (67). The next closest player in circuit is Dunedin's Cavan Biggio, who has just 53. The Univ. of the Pacific product also ranks fourth in the league in batting.
Lowe, meanwhile, leads the league in five categories: batting average (.311), doubles (34), extra-base hits (46), runs scored (62) and slugging percentage (.524). The University of Maryland product ranks second in total bases (165) and on-base percentage (.403).
Lowe and Sullivan were both 2017 Florida State League All-Stars.
They'll join the Rays' Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, for the Southern League playoff push. The Biscuits currently hold a four-game lead for the wild card in the North division.
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