|Pos: SS||DOB: 4/17/1984||Ht: 6’|
|Team: Oakland||B/T: S/R||Wt: 190|
|Batting: 55||Speed: 40||Arm: 40|
|Power: 45||Defense: 45|
Stance: From the left side, Lowrie starts with knees bent and feet parallel. Keeps a closed stance and raises his foot slightly to trigger his lower half. He brings his hands back as the pitch is to be released. From the right side he starts with his front foot closer to the plate in a more closed stance. He does not raise his front foot as high as from the left side. He has a smooth, quick swing that crosses the zone on an even plane.
Approach: Lowrie has developed nicely into a middle of the order hitter. He draws enough walks and does not strike out a ton. He generates more power from the left side and looks to drive the ball into the gaps. From the right side he hits more for contact and sprays the ball to all fields. From this side he maintains better control of the strike zone. From either side, he is much more aggressive early in the count. Lowrie has maintained a similar approach throughout his career.
Hitting Ability: Lowrie is a line drive hitter who is capable of hitting at least .260 each year. He was consistent over the course of his first full season and has proven to be successful with runners in scoring position. He has good control of the strike zone, but he has been known to struggle with breaking pitches at times.
Power: Average power, and capable of hitting 10-15 home runs with his current approach at the plate. After his first season with at least 350 AB, he showed that most of his power is to the gaps. As he develops a more patient approach at the plate he may sacrifice some of his power for contact.
Running: Below average runner who has trouble getting good jumps on the basepaths. Has never been a threat to steal, but is conservative with his baserunning and does not make careless outs often.
Fielding: Lowrie usually takes a good first step and has great instincts around the bag. He throws from a low three quarters arm slot, which causes some inconsistency in accuracy. He does not possess great arm strength but makes the most of his ability. Lowrie is better suited at second base because he does not possess the best range to either side, but he does have the ability to be an average defensive shortstop over a full season.
Physical Description: Average size for a shortstop and has a durable frame. Possesses strong shoulders and a good lower body. Has had trouble staying healthy prior to 2013 but his injuries were rarely a result of poor conditioning but rather inflicted from collisions or sliding baserunners.
Projection: Lowrie’s line drive approach is well suited for the O.co Coliseum. He is a below average defender and baserunner, but is valuable to the A’s because of his ability to produce offensively while holding his own at shortstop. 2013 was a big year for Lowrie’s career as he finally played a full season without injuries and showed his ability to produce through 600 at bats.