Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo had a nice achievement on Thursday evening against the Tigers, smacking his 69th career home run. The blast came in the top of the second inning with a man on base. Gallo pulverized a 2-1 slider from Matt Boyd.
Along with 69 career dingers, Gallo also has 143 RBI in 283 career games. This season, he has 21 round-trippers and 48 RBI in 85 games.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.