After a great start to the 2019 season, former Maryland baseball infielder and current Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe was named AL Rookie of the Month.
Lowe made the Rays roster out of spring training, and hit .289 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in in March and April. A 5-for-12 start in May has lifted his batting average to .304, including a go-ahead two-run blast in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals Thursday afternoon.
He also leads all American league rookies in batting average, home runs (7), RBIs (19), hits (31), runs scored (18), on-bade percentage (.357) and slugging percentage (.588).
It’s been quite a 2019 so far for Lowe, who hit .233 with six home runs and 25 RBIs across 43 games last season. He signed a six-year, $24 million extension that could be worth up to $49 million a week before the start of the season, and has already surpassed many of his totals from last year. The Rays are off to a 20-11 start and are currently in first place in the American League East.