Jed Lowrie

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Jed Lowrie
Jed Lowrie on August 24, 2013.jpg
Lowrie with the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics – No. 8
Shortstop
Born: (1984-04-17) April 17, 1984 (age 30)
Salem, Oregon
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 2008 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .261
Hits 587
Home runs 56
Runs batted in 284
Teams
Jed Lowrie
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Championship
Gold 2004 Tainan Team

Jed Carlson Lowrie (born April 17, 1984) is an American professional baseball infielder with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He also played for the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

Early life[edit]

Lowrie was born on April 17, 1984, in Salem, Oregon, and later attended North Salem High School.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

College[edit]

In 2004, while playing for the Stanford University Cardinal baseball team, Lowrie earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. He was a First Team All-American in 2004 and 2005. At Stanford, future major league outfielders Sam Fuld, John Mayberry Jr., and Carlos Quentin were among Lowrie's teammates.[2]

Minor leagues[edit]

From 2005 through 2007, Lowrie played for Boston at three different minor league levels. During the 2007 season, he made the Eastern League All-Star team, was named the Portland Sea Dogs Most Valuable Player, and the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year as well. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket late in the season.

Lowrie in September 2008

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Lowrie was called up from the minor leagues on April 10, 2008 after Mike Lowell was placed on the DL. He made his debut on April 15, driving home three runs in a 5–3 victory in Cleveland.

Lowrie was called up to replace Julio Lugo when he went on the DL. On August 1, 2008, in teammate Jason Bay's first game on the Red Sox, Lowrie hit a game winning infield single in the 12th inning to knock in Bay with the decisive run and upend the Oakland Athletics, 2–1.[3] Lowrie was responsible for the other Red Sox run in that game, as a sacrifice fly in the second inning allowed Bay to score from third. On August 24, he hit his second home run of the season, a game-winner, as the Sox won 6–5.[4] He committed no errors in 49 games played at shortstop during the regular season,[5] and played regularly in the 2008 postseason as one of Boston's two starting shortstops. Lowrie hit his first major league home run againsit the Twins inside the Metrodome. On October 6, 2008, Lowrie drove in the series-winning run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Lowrie's pre-season grand slam on April 4, 2009 was the first major league home run at Citi Field.[6]

During the 2009 regular season, Lowrie appeared in five games for Boston before landing on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain on April 13 (retroactive to April 12). On April 21, the switch-hitter underwent an ulnar styloid excision and arthroscopic ligament repair on his left wrist performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan which landed him on the 60-day disabled list. Lowrie began a minor league rehab assignment on June 21 and on July 8 the Red Sox activated him from the 60-day DL. Lowrie came off the DL July 18.[7] However, on August 8, he was placed on the disabled list yet again with ulnar neuritis in his left wrist.[8] On September 8, he was re-activated from the DL when the Red Sox expanded their 40-man roster. In his first game back against the Blue Jays in Toronto he hit a homer batting right-handed. On October 4, he hit his first career grand slam against the Cleveland Indians.

In 2010, Lowrie suffered from mononucleosis during the season. He made his season debut on July 21, 2010 against the Oakland Athletics. On August 21, 2010, he hit a walk-off home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th inning off of Casey Janssen. He also made his debut as a first baseman during the 2010 season, initially as a late-innings replacement for Mike Lowell; the Red Sox plan to give him opportunities to start at first base in the future.[9] During the final weeks of the season, he had the first multi-home run games of his career, hitting two home runs against the Seattle Mariners on September 14, followed by two more home runs against the Yankees in the season's final game. Although having less than 200 PA's during the 2010 season, Lowrie's productivity was still substantial; his .904 OPS ranked behind only Troy Tulowitzki among all MLB shortstops.

Entering 2011 needing to contend with shortstop Marco Scutaro for the starting shortstop position in the Red Sox lineup, Lowrie began the season on a tear, hitting .516 through his first 31 at-bats. On April 18, 2011, he went 4 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBI. On August 16, 2011, Jed Lowrie started a triple play with help of Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez against the Tampa Bay Rays.[10]

Lowrie batting for the Houston Astros in 2012

Houston Astros[edit]

On December 14, 2011, he was traded along with Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for reliever Mark Melancon.[11][12]

Lowrie was about to head to an arbitration hearing, but he and the Astros agreed on a one-year, $1.15 million deal with bonuses for performance and awards on February 8, 2012. He filed for $1.5 million, but the Astros countered with $900,000. Had Lowrie gone to a hearing, he couldn't have possibly had bonuses in his contract.[13]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

The Astros on February 4, 2013 traded Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland Athletics for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi.[14] The trade reunited him with former Red Sox teammate Josh Reddick.

Lowrie was initially expected to play second base, but due to the struggles and injury of Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, Lowrie was placed at shortstop, and has been the regular starter there throughout the 2013 season.

Lowrie continued as Oakland's starting shortstop during the 2014 season. On August 4, Lowrie broke his right index finger while fielding a ground ball—after attempting to play through the injury, Lowrie went to the disabled list on August 15. He was hitting a career-low .238 with 5 home runs.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fentress, Aaron (April 18, 2011). "MLB local ties: Boston's Jed Lowrie continues hot streak; Darwin Barney consistent in No. 2 hole; Mike Stutes dominant in Triple-A". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yankees are bombing again; departed Rays struggling; more trends – Joe Lemire". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Cassidy, Maggie (August 2, 2008). "Lowrie leaves an impression". The Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ By David Singh / MLB.com (August 24, 2008). "Sox win dramatically in midst of race". mlb.com. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Chuck, Bill. 100 random things about the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees, The Boston Globe. Published April 2, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  6. ^ Schwarz, Alan (April 4, 2009). "Perez Falters in Tune-Up, but Achieves Citi Field Milestone". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ By Ian Browne / MLB.com (April 20, 2009). "Lowrie activated, heads to Minors". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com. "Lowrie lands back on disabled list". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ By Ian Browne / MLB.com. "Lowrie will get starts at first base in future". mlb.com. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ Browne, Ian. [1] MLB.com
  11. ^ Red Sox Acquire Melancon For Lowrie, Weiland MLB Trade Rumors
  12. ^ Red Sox swap Jed Lowrie for Astros reliever Mark Melancon MLB.com
  13. ^ Levine, Zachary (February 8, 2012). "Astros, Lowrie avoid arbitration with one-year deal". Houston Chronicle. 
  14. ^ Athletics Acquire Jed Lowrie In Five-Player Deal: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
  15. ^ Oakland Athletics place shortstop Jed Lowrie on disabled list, recall Andy Parrino

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