On the Horizon: Jed Lowrie

The Red Sox are a little short on middle infield prospects, but Jed Lowrie is definitely an exception. The 23-year old second baseman/shortstop is 6′ 0″ and 180 lbs and is known as a smart player. He’s a switch-hitter with some good potential at the plate, though he is seen as probably an average defender at best. He’s got decent speed, but steals are not really a part of his game. Baseball America lists him as Boston’s 17th best prospect this year, and at least one writer at BA thinks more highly of him than Dustin Pedroia. Lowrie is from the Pacific Northwest, having gone to North Salem HS in Oregon. A first round draft pick in 2005 out of Stanford, Lowrie has been a hard worker at every level.

Now in his third pro year, Lowrie has made steady progress and is having a tremendous season at AA Portland, hitting .301/.413/.509 with 30 doubles, 7 triples and 8 HR. After a terrible April, he has been on fire; 45.9% of his hits have been for extra bases, and he’s drawing walks at a very high rate. He was an Eastern League All-Star this year, and looks primed for a promotion to AAA Pawtucket. One knock on him- he has already committed 13 errors this year at shortstop.

As far as his potential goes, Lowrie could make it as a 2B/SS utilityman in a couple of years, and if his defense improves, he could compete for a spot in the lineup in a few years. If he does develop enough to make the big league club, I could see Dustin Pedroia possibly shifting over to shortstop to make room for him. But then again, we know that the Red Sox track record when it comes to homegrown talent, don’t we?


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