Brandon Lowe drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 3rd Round

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Maryland 2B Brandon Lowe in the 3rd Round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Lowe was First Team All-Big Ten in 2015, batting .331 with nine home runs and 53 RBI. He led the Terrapins in hits, RBIs, walks, HBP, doubles, TB, runs and stolen bases.

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“It was a surreal feeling,” Lowe said about being drafted. “It’s been a dream my entire life and now I have a chance to make it come true. Watching it with my teammates made it even better. We are a family and seeing everyone achieving their dreams is a great experience.”

Several outlets named the Virginia native a Freshman All-American last year. Lowe was Third Team All-ACC after finishing second in the league in hitting with a .348 average.

The second baseman was the All Star Game MVP in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in 2014 and led the league in RBIs despite joining his team 11 games late because of the Terps’ Super Regional run.

“Brandon is a pretty special guy,” Maryland head coach John Szefc said. “You’re looking at a polished guy but he’s a young guy, too. He’s got tremendous hand-eye coordination which allows him to have as good of strike zone discipline as you’ll see. He’s got big-time, big-time bat speed.”

“Watching Lowe swing a baseball bat is an absolute treat,” Terps baseball broadcaster John Vittas said in MBN’s Maryland Draft Preview. “His plate discipline is outstanding and bat control is precise. He can go to all fields and hit any pitch hard.”

VIEW LOWE’S FULL DRAFT PROFILE

This is the first time Lowe has been drafted.

Lowe was selected 87th overall. The slot value for that pick is $676,900. He will have to make a deal with the Rays by July 17, or he would return to College Park in the fall.

Listen to John Vittas and Jon Lewis break down Lowe as a prospect:

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