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MM 8.17: Former Terp Brandon Lowe is setting himself apart in 2020 MLB season

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Former Maryland baseball infielder Brandon Lowe has been on a tear through the early part of the 2020 MLB season, ranking in the top-10 of several offensive categories in just his third professional season.

After injuries to his shin and quad prevented him from winning American League Rookie of the Year in 2019, the Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman has continued to improve as a hitter this season. Sunday marked the fourth consecutive game in which Lowe homered, the first time a Ray has done so since Evan Longoria in 2016.

Most recently, Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays Sunday, winning the game for the Rays.

The former Terp currently ranks as one of the best hitters in baseball through mid-August. Lowe has the most runs of any player in the American League and ranks in the top-five of nearly every other batting category.

Across the entire league, Lowe has the most extra-base hits (16) of any player. Additionally, Lowe is ninth in batting average, fifth in RBIs, and second in slugging percentage. Now an established presence at the top of the batting order, Lowe has played a massive role in the Rays’ spot as the No. 2 team in the American League East. With the league’s new playoff format in the abbreviated 2020 season, a second place finish would earn them a spot in the postseason.

In other news

Three-star 2021 running back Roman Hemby announced his commitment to the Terps on Sunday.

Four-star Maryland men’s basketball 2021 target James Graham pushed his commitment date back to Friday.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields created a petition to push back against the Big ten for postponing the 2020 football season. he has collected over 200,000 signatures.

Former Terp defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has maintained a close relationship with Maryland head coach Mike Locksley.

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley expects running back Jake Funk to return to form this season after suffering an ACL tear last season.

Maryland men’s basketball took a look back at Melo Trimble’s career in College Park.

Former Maryland women’s basketball players continue to impress in the WNBA.