5 bold predictions for the 2022 Texas Rangers
2. Nathaniel Lowe will have a breakout season
He’s always had big-time potential. And 2022 is the year in which Lowe finally makes good on it.
Acquired from the Rays in December 2020, Lowe had solid but unspectacular first season in Texas, with 18 home runs and a .772 OPS. His contact skills are better than you think, as he hit .264 in 2021. He’ll never be mistaken for a contact hitter, however.
The one weak spot in Lowe’s game is his defense, which is less than stellar at first base. But based on the kind of year we’re predicting the 26-year-old to have in 2022, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Lowe always hits the ball hard and has sneaky good plate discipline. If he can really hone in on those attributes and eliminate some of his bad tendencies like chasing high fastballs and hitting balls on the ground rather than in the air, he’s going to enjoy a breakout year.
Pencil Lowe in for around 25-30 homers as one of the big boppers in this improved Texas Rangers lineup.