Lowe signs with Tampa Bay

Mississippi State first baseman Nathaniel Lowe signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Mississippi State first baseman Nathaniel Lowe signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Nathaniel Lowe will not be returning to Mississippi State next season.

The junior first baseman announced via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that he had signed a contract and was ready to begin his career with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays drafted Lowe in the 13th round (390th overall) last Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder from Marietta, Georgia spent one season with the Bulldogs where he started all 63 games batting .348 with a team-high 86 hits and 20 doubles. Lowe also hit five home runs, drove in 49 runs and had two stolen bases and committed just two errors.

Lowe spent his first two years of college at Mercer and St. Johns River (Florida) State College. He is the first MSU player selected by Tampa Bay since Josh Johnson in 2007.

The Rays also drafted Lowe’s younger brother, Joshua, with the 13th overall pick.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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