Jed Lowrie, Shortstop, Oakland Athletics, #8


Date of Birth: 4/17/1984
Birthplace: Salem, Oregon
College: Stanford University

Jed Lowrie, shortstop for the Oakland Athletics, started his professional baseball career in 2005 in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox. He joined the Red Sox in 2008, playing in 81 games with them that season.

From 2009 through 2011, Lowrie continued as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing in 32 games in 2009, 55 games in 2010, and 88 games in 2011. In December, 2011, Lowrie was traded to the Houston Astros.

Lowrie was with the Astros for just one season. In 2012, he batted .244 with 83 hits in 97 games. In February, 2013, the Astros traded him to the Athletics. Lowrie had a good first season with the Athletics, batting .290 with 175 hits, 45 doubles, 15 home runs, and 75 RBIs in 154 games in 2013. He finished the 2014 season with 125 hits, 29 doubles, and a .249 batting average in 136 games.

On December 15, 2014, Lowrie agreed to return to the Astros on a three-year contract. He finished the 2015 season with 51 hits, 14 doubles, 9 home runs, 30 RBIs, and a .222 batting average in 69 games. Defensively, he played 47 games at third base and 17 games at shortstop. He had no hits in four at-bats in four postseason games.

Lowrie returned to the Athletics in a trade made on November 25, 2015. He spent time on the DL in 2016, playing in just 87 games with the Athletics. He batted .263 with 89 hits. Defensively, as the Athletics' second baseman in 82 games, he made 235 assists, 60 double plays, 141 putouts, and 6 errors.

In 2017, Lowrie batted .277 in 153 games. He finished the season with 157 hits, a career high 49 doubles, 69 RBIs, and 100 strikeouts to a career high 73 walks. Defensively, as the Athletics' second baseman in 136 games, he made 344 assists, 98 double plays, 199 putouts, and 5 errors.

Career batting statistics for Lowrie through 2017 include:

  • 952 games played
  • 884 hits
  • 222 doubles
  • 410 RBIs
  • 616 strikeouts to 360 walks
  • .261 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Jed Lowrie
ESPN - Jed Lowrie