Rays Promote Top Prospect After Meeting 13-Pitcher Rule

Devon Platana
The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted top prospect Josh Lowe ahead of the 13-pitcher rule deadline.
The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted top prospect Josh Lowe ahead of the 13-pitcher rule deadline. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball will limit its 30 teams to carrying just 13 pitchers as of Monday, June 20. As a result, the Tampa Bay Rays sent right-handed pitcher Luke Bard to the minors. However, that wasn't the only roster move that was pulled off.

Additionally, the Rays used their newly open spot to promote top prospect Josh Lowe from Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old infielder/outfielder was listed as the MLB's No. 44 prospect on Baseball America's pre-2022 rankings.

Tampa Bay Rays Roster Moves

This call-up will be Lowe's second time playing in the Majors this season. Beginning the year with the Rays, his first stint was nothing short of underwhelming, ending in the former 2016 first-round pick batting .188 with a home run and six RBIs in 19 games (64 at-bats).

Fortunately, it looks like those struggles are firmly behind Lowe. Looking like a different player, he's been productive for the Durham Bulls, passing the home run wall six times while recording 35 RBIs and a .299/.382/.540 slash line in 137 ABs.

Minor-league success doesn't always translate to MLB results, but Lowe has the potential to be a special player and it's up to him to prove that to the Rays. If he can't take advantage of this opprtunity, Tampa Bay won't waste time sending him back to Durham.

It'll be interesting to see if Lowe is back in the Rays' lineup when they host the AL East-leading New York Yankees on Monday night. Despite Tampa Bay being the home team, FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring the Yankees at -130 on the moneyline while the Rays sit at +110.

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